In many large cities, both space and natural light come at a premium. These compact floor lamps by Artemide, Marset, Flos and Estiluz offer lighting solutions that don’t compromise on style — or add visual clutter. And, while they are particularly well suited to small spaces, they are sure to bring sophistication to homes of any size.
A collaboration with Foster + Partners, Artemide’s Ixa floor lamp interprets the “elegant balance” of Alexander Calder’s sculptures through a system of counterweights and pivot points that allow for rotation and inclination. Further, the spherical head welcomes interaction: Attached to its extension bar with a magnet, it can be rotated freely 360 degrees, directing light where it’s needed. Also available in table and wall versions, Ixa comes in Charcoal, Crane (yellow), Ink (blue) and Slip (light grey).
First launched in 1979 with an all-neutral palette, the Funiculí floor lamp by industrial designer Lluís Porqueras for Marset has been updated with three cheerful hues: terracotta, mustard and green. Displaying Porqueras’s penchant for creating useful objects with “absolute simplicity,” the lamp is free of any unnecessary details; a double-clamp system locks its fully rotatable head at different heights.
Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s iconic 1954 floor lamp design has been remastered by Flos with LED technology, a dimmer pedal and a more sustainable painting process — which is used to coat the lamp’s sleek metal tube in both its original anthracite finish as well as the newly introduced light blue, white, yellow and red options. Conceived by the brothers to be both essential and elegant, it still stands on its slender detachable tripod and casts light straight up to bathe interiors with indirect illumination.
Inspired by the classic architectural element, the Cupolina floor lamp’s diminutive dome-shaped head is suspended from its angular metal body by a thin cord and projects a focused yet soft beam of light. Designed by Barcelona-based Boti de Dominicis Studio for Estiluz, the lamp is available in black, white, terracotta and custom colourways; the series also includes table, wall and pendant versions.
Ultra-thin floor lamps whose small frames carry big impact.