The Best Black Table Lamps

By Catherine Lazure | Nordic Design

Women have been told by countless fashion observers that a little black dress (commonly abbreviated LBD) is a wardrobe essential – It is simple but versatile.

I believe this is a great rule of thumb to apply to your home, too: Everyone should own a sleek, elegant black lamp. No matter what your style is or if you prefer bold colors or a tone on tone look, you will never go wrong with a “LBL” (see what I did there?). With its neutral color, it blends in perfectly or makes a beautiful statement. It adds just enough contrast, and there will always be a corner of your home that can benefit from extra lighting – A nightstand, a console, a side table, a mantel… A staple, really!

Here, I’m sharing with you my go-to table lamps. I have used this list countless times at work, as a reference guide. These models are often featured in the homes you see on Nordic Design; they are designer-approved, timeless, and versatile.

Find them here:

1. Arum, Ferm Living
2. AJ Table, Louis Poulsen
3. Bellevue AJ8, &Tradition
4. Leaf LED, Muuto
5. Lumme, Studio Joanna Laajisto
6. Caravaggio Read HSP, Fritz Hansen
7. Chipperfield W102, Wästberg
8. Yuh, Louis Poulsen
9. Kaiser Idell 6556-T, Fritz Hansen
10. Gear, Northern
11. Mantis BS3-BL, DCW Éditions
12. Cloche, Hay
13. Lampe Gras 205, DCW Éditions
14. Tolomeo Classic, Artemide
15. Signal SI333, Jieldé
16. Daphine LED, Lumina
17. PJ60, Örsjö Belysning
18. Desk Lamp 521, Vipp
19. Bestlite BL2, Gubi
20. Flowerpot VP3, &Tradition
21. Studio Series, Handvärk
22. Model 537, Astep
23. W153 Île, Wästberg
24. Ombre, Northern
25. IC T1 High, Flos
26. Mobil, Pholc
27. Taccia, Flos
28. Snoopy, Flos
29. ABC Table, Gubi
30. Cestia Alubat, Santa & Cole
31. Night Owl, Fritz Hansen
32. Atollo, Oluce
33. Dome, Mater


It’s good to note that many models featured here also come in additional colors and finishes.

Tip: Nothing beats dimmable lamps for extra functionality and to create the perfect atmosphere.

If there is another lamp you’d like to see included in this reference guide, let me know by commenting below or by sending me an email at [email protected].

Remember that if you’d like to find a specific model at a retailer near you, visit the lighting page in the Sourcebook, and you’ll find a list of stockists on the manufacturer’s website. I am happy to help out, too!

First photo: Ferm Living

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