The Top Table Lamps

March 2015

Designers Alexandra Champalimaud and Alex Papachristidis shed light on the decorative powerhouses, which perform even when they’re not turned on.

Table lamps occupy a rare spot in a decorator’s tool box. They’re generally not large enough to count as furniture, but there functional nature makes them more crucial to a room’s design than a purely decorative object. They become part of the bones of a room, playing a critical role in the overall scheme, but can be moved or tweaked on a whim — with a new shade or finial - to freshen up a space.

“decorating is an expensive luxury,” says Alex Papachristidis, “so you want pieces that are timeless but that also work for today. Table lamps give you flexibility and add to that interesting clash I adore, when disparate items are mixed together to create something contemporary and stylish.”

“you experience a table lamp from so man angles, not just head on,” says Alexandra Champalimaud. “The best ones have character and punctuate or balance a space. They’re a great way to bring colour, materials, scale and a subtle sense of architecture into a room.”

ElleDecor - Interior - March 2015