Los Angeles interior designer Kelly Wearstler sheds light on the accessory she adores most—plus, how to get the look in your house.

By Kelly Wearstler
June 16, 2017
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My table lamp by artist Jacques Duval-Brasseur looks like an abstract flower made of mixed metals, with stainless-steel petals and a curved bronze base. It's a limited design from the 1970s that I fell in love with when I first saw it in vintage magazines, but it was expensive and rare. Then, about four years ago at a flea market in Paris, I saw the lamp peeking out at me from one of the stands. I brought it home and put it on the desk in my office so I could enjoy it every day. Nearly two years ago, I moved it onto a console in my dining room. It doesn’t give off a lot of light but rather glows, so we keep it on all the time to light the way to the kitchen. A lamp like this may not be highly functional, but with a distinctive shape and a warm glow, it gives a room a sexy vibe. It makes me happy to look at it. As with any art form, there are sculptural lamps that will resonate with just about everyone. You just need to go treasure hunting and seek one out!

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Get the golden touch with this striking lamp that will illuminate any room with a gorgeous glow. Plus, the metallic finish bounces around light for an extra-inviting atmosphere.

To buy: Haley lamp, $250; jaysonhome.com.

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If you’re looking to add subtle amounts of light to your space, these tea lights will help create the zen-like ambiance you’re looking to achieve. Consider these a fresh take on a nightlight.

To buy: Dahlia pillar, $25; cb2.com.

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This art deco meets mid-century modern lamp is the perfect piece for a small space thanks to its slender shape and sharp looks. The double shade creates additional drama, making it a standout feature in the room.

To buy: Tiered-shade table lamp, $149; westelm.com.

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Why separate art from function? Accent any room with a mesmerizing light that acts as a sculptural piece even when it’s turned off.

To buy: Garvey lamp, $840; arteriorshome.com.