The 12 Best Modern Table Lamps Are All So On-Trend — Trust Me, I'm a Professional Shopper

The best modern table lamps delight and excite just as much as they illuminate. Style Editor Brigid Kennedy has put in the work to find the best such pieces on the market right now

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At this point, I consider myself an expert in the lamp field. You might think that characterization gratuitous, but I find it apt; many of my workdays are spent logging hours on Nordstrom, Wayfair, and more, digging through their lighting sections with a fine-toothed comb. I know which products are on sale and which are on burn notice, in which it's worth investing and which aren't worth your time; it's a level of insider knowledge I never expected to have, but now that it's here, I find it quite useful.

Case in point: my round-up of the best table lamps to buy right now, which you can shop as easily as you can check your email (that is to say, extremely easily). Then there are my round-ups of the best table lamps for the living room, table lamps for the bedroom, and table lamps for reading, all of which have dedicated uses and styles that more neatly slot them into one category or the other. And finally, today, we have my round-up of the best modern table lamps, a niche but nonetheless popular category of table lamp with certain design hallmarks and touches that make up its aesthetic.

'Look for more geometric shapes,' said Dara Greaney, founder and CEO of LEDLightExpert.com, speaking on the touchpoints of classic modern lamps. 'Modern table lamps often have a mushroom shape. There is an abstract feel to them, taking form in cylinders or rounded shapes. As far as lighting design, modern styles will typically have LED lights and smart features like dimmable options. The focus of style is functionality and simplicity so the designs are not going to be anything extreme, just sleek.'

Below, I've taken the liberty of rounding up a few of my favorite modern table lamps into one of my famously easy-to-navigate shopping edits, this one characterized by amorphous shapes, physics-defying bases, and curvy frames. All you have to do is sit back, scroll, and shop.

12 of the best modern table lamps

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How can I make my table lamp look more modern? 

Maybe you have a table lamp already that you'd like to make more modern. The good news is there are a few easy swaps and changes you can make to make this happen without buying a new one. 'Change to LED bulbs and switch out the lamp shade,' Dara said. 'The shape of the shade is really going to display the modern look. So if you just switch it to something more simplistic that has an abstract feel to it, then you’ll be set. Those are the two simplest swaps you can make.'

Brigid Kennedy
Style Editor

Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.