Robert Abbey Shinto tripod
As elegant as a tuxedo, this dapper style pairs well with clean-lined furniture. Height: 62 1⁄2 inches.
Quirky and textured, this lamp (shade not included) would warm up a modern space with a glossy floor. Height: 72 inches.To buy: $350, anthropologie.com .
SerenaOpalescent capiz shells and a graphic base make this a worthy feminine-masculine splurge for a bedroom. Height: 62 inches.To buy: $2,350, olystudio.com for stores.
EnzoJust right for spotlighting a dining table or filling out a large expanse (its 53-inch wingspan diminishes the need for art). A weighted base keeps it stable. Height: 80 inches.To buy: $269, zgallerie.com.
Cord by Design House StockholmStripped down to the essence—lamp and cord in one—this Swedish objet can turn a lonely hallway into an event. Height: 51 inches.To buy: $160, velocityartanddesign.com.
FillstaPlace a pair of these groovy, low-riding spheres in a family room— they give off a soft, diffuse light and add space-age charm. Height: 30 inches.To buy: $70, ikea.com for stores.
SibleyAdorned with songbirds, this handcrafted painted-metal “tree” (shade not included) blends well with all nature of feminine decor. Height: 53 inches.To buy: $298, anthropologie.com.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren NorthwoodA beautifully crafted turned-wood option rich with traditional detail. Picture it beside a leather club chair. Height: 64 inches.To buy: $500, laurenhome.com for stores.
MarcoSculptural down to the marble base, this piece is perfect in a formal dining room. The oval shade’s gold lining casts an exceptional glow. Height: 68 inches.To buy: $385, mgbwhome.com for stores.
MargaretHandcrafted of antiqued mirrors and tin, this anti-wallflower makes a creative bohemian mate for vintage or ethnic pieces. Height: 60 inches.To buy: $590, straydogdesigns.com.
TreeA lush, whimsical, gilded fairy tale of a tree that gives a room a lighthearted, enchanted-forest feel without sacrificing sophisti-cation. Height: 62 1⁄2 inches.To buy: $690, gracioushome.com.
SurveyorLike something from the set of Out of Africa, it adds a sense of adventure to a space. Extra rich, thanks to brass and leather details. Height: 72 3/4 inches.To buy: $895, jaysonhomeandgarden.com.
Ginetta by SlampThis playful interpretation of a formal fixture looks striking against a dark-painted wall (and casts intriguing shadows on white). Height: 74 inches. ,To buy: $1,032, ylighting.com.
Akari Freeform ColumnDesigned in 1951 by Isamu Noguchi, this washi-paper tower makes an unfinished room feel intentionally spare. Height: 74 inches.To buy: $850, dwr.com.
RadiatorMade of reclaimed radiator coils, this industrial lamp lends a rustic wood space (like a screened-in porch) a bit of edge. Height: 64 inches.To buy: $499, jaysonhomeandgarden.com.