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A much loved British classic – the Anglepoise Original 1227 at home in the bedroom.

I’m popping over the parapet while I still can, as I wade my way through the depths of the end of term summer madness. If you’re in it too, keep going my friend, you’re almost there. And then it’s only the next six weeks of holidays to get through…

Aside from the school stuff, I’ve been answering requests on Instagram for a black wall lights source page. You’ll know by now that I think a shot of black instantly improves a room, whether its to add contrast or tone on tone and my 20 Best Black Wall Lights have been chosen for their contemporary designs and minimalist attributes. No dodgy sconces here people. And I happen to be in the market for our bedroom which is almost ready for painting. I need to get as much off the floor as possible. Despite having a fairly spacious room, the way we configure the bed makes it difficult to fit bedside tables on both sides as we end up hitting doors. Hence the need for wall lights and quite possibly small ledges for the important stuff. Or maybe just one central swing arm that we can share? Decisions, decisions…

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At the top of my wishlist is the Vipp wall light. Still relatively new to the company’s design history but has all the makings of a future classic.

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A perfect match for contemporary and period homes alike, the glowing globe of the Miira Opal by Nuura.

There’s a good mix of new designs and reissued classics with a Nordic aesthetic and strong, architectural shape. Take the perforated head on the Vipp lamp for example, which defuses light outwards as well as down. And then there’s the covetable La Lampe Gras No.214, or indeed any of that series, reproduced by DWC. I live for that lamp. Such elegance. Ugh. 

The more compact styles are spot on for nooks and hallways, especially the globe styles. Opal glass has made a huge comeback in recent years as it gives off a warm, diffused ambience. Adjustable arm lamps are better suited for task lighting – for reading in the living room or above the kitchen worktops whilst you’re preparing dinner. 

You’ll also be pleased to know that most of these lamps don’t need wiring into the wall (who has time for that?) which makes it easier to move them around as you need to.

Of course, it’s not possible to include everything in my top 20, and I’ve had to veto a few in favour of affordability. I’m just being sensible. Now I just have the task of choosing. Like that’s going to be easy…

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The Flos 265 lamp makes a statement of understated luxury in the home of Hege In France.

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A reissue of the 1952 modernist Birdy lamp by Birger Dahl, produced by Northern.

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Double jointed – the swing articulated arms of the Antwerp lamp, designed by Olivier Abry of Wo & Wé.

| 1 | Design Project LED wall light, John Lewis | 2 | Jielde Signal two arm, Clippings  | 3 | La Lampe Gras No.214 by DCW, Houseology | 4 | Woud Kuppi, Nest | 5 | Radon by LightyearsDK, SCP | 6 | Matted black wall light, Rockett St George | 7 | Ogilvy swing arm, MADE | 8 | Its About RoMi Glasgow lamp, Naken | 9 | Blush by Northern, The Lollipop Shoppe | 10 | Warren wall lamp by Menu, Really Well Made | 11 | Mater Ray wall light, Cloudberry Living | 12 | Grant, Normann Copenhagen | 13 | Orbit, Dwell | 14 | Wall lamp, Vipp | 15 | Dano smoked globe, John Lewis | 16 | Louis Poulsen Yuh, Clippings | 17 | Hollin, Out There Interiors | 18 | Hübsch wall light, Smallable | 19 | Anglepoise Original 1227 Mini, Heal’s | 20 | Muuto Lean lamp, Nunido

** Stockists correct at time of publication. 

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