I realise I’m late to the party, but I’ve been slowly (huddled up under a blanket, in a cosy nook), reading my way through Meik Wiking’s ‘The Little Book of Hygge’. For those uninitiated, hygge is the Danish way to living well and, it seems, lighting is a pretty big deal to the Danes when it comes to getting your hygge on. Candles are king, but lighting generally is somewhat of a national obsession and apparently the Danish select lamps carefully, placing them strategically to create soothing pools of light. Inspired by this I’ve been doing some window-shopping and here are my five of the best good hygge-giving table-lamps.
FlowerPot VP3 Table Lamp, Metallic, in Polished Brass (£349)
Designed by one of the most iconic designers of the last century, this famous FlowerPot lamp by Verner Panton was originally created in 1968 and named after the happy days of Flower Power. It is now available in a gorgeous metallic finish – I just LOVE this polished brass colourway. Panton, considered as somewhat of a lighting god by the Danes, studied Architecture at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen and is known for his fantastically fun, colourful and contemporary designs. This table lamp hits the mark for a classic yet bang-up-to-date design that would work equally well in a home office or cosy reading corner.
Regular Wisteria Table Lamp in Nicket & Clear Glass (£150 – lamp base only)I just love the simplicity of this table lamp from online retailer Pooky, who specialise in beautiful decorative lighting. The glass and nickel table lamp base comes without a shade, so you can pick something out that specifically goes with your own scheme, but personally I love the straight empire shade in grey ferns that they’ve paired it with here. An alternative – and very hygge – option I’d be tempted by is their straight empire shade in printed linen ikat black zig-zag.
New Works Bowl Table Lamp in Raw Copper / Smoked Glass (£310) I mean if ever there was a table lamp to make you swoon, this has got to be it, right?! The contrast of textures, the soft lines, the antique lightbulb with carbon filaments raw and on-show making it all the more beautiful. Just gorgeous. And while hygge rules might guide that light with soft shades and indirect light is what you’re after, this hits the mark despite being shadeless, thanks to its stunning smoky glass that guarantees a warm and comforting glow. For a debit rather than credit alternative, see this Hanna Smoky Glass table lamp in walnut stain from John Lewis (£70).
Crawford Table Lamp by Heals in Grey (£179)Ok, clearly I have a thing for brushed/polished brass at the moment, but this one I couldn’t not include – the minimalist design contrasting with the metallic, luxurious finish, it’s just stunning. It’s simplicity yet stylishness means it would work anywhere from the living room to the bedroom, perfect for curling up by with a good book.
Nimbus Tripod Table Lamp from Next (£60)Well doesn’t this just tick all the hygge boxes? – wooden, textured, natural materials, soft shade to cast indirect light. And a great high-street option that won’t break the bank. Loving this tripod lamp from Next that has all the beauty of Scandi simplicity and will help you create a little corner of a log cabin in your own home. Cosy.