A fresh slant: 9 of the best leaning lamps

There's nothing like a leaning lamp to bring a fresh slant to your tabletop, bedside or desk area and our edit features a stylish selection from some of the world's best design talent.

There's a wide mix of shapes, styles, colours and materials from cast iron and solid brass to fumé glass and marbled paper.

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The Louis Poulsen VL38, originally designed in the 1930s by Vilhelm Lauritzen for the Radiohuset building in Copenhagen, has been relaunched with an LED light and still looks as relevant today as it did when it was first designed all those decades ago.

Current and future classics are included too, with Ilse Crawford's w084t1 lamp for Wästberg and Antonio Citteriro's Mini Kelvin for Flos already instantly recognisable in the design world in the short space of time that they have been around.

There are those with a charming take on vintage style, such as Dutchbone Devi with its racing green base and shade at Houseology, and Pickling from Pooky, which combines ancient craft with a modern form.

Sunset from Cattelan Italia is a beautiful blend of materials (brass and glass) and a simple silhouette, while Cloche by Lars Beller Fjetland for HAY takes it influence from the dining cloche of aristocratic tables Downton style.

Artemide's La Petite by Quaglio Simonelli is stylishly simple, with its shade almost appearing to float in mid air. And for all-out elegance, the sculptural and bird-like form of Statis from Bert Frank takes some beating; as practical as it is beautiful, it can be easily adjusted to suit the task in hand.

So wherever you need to shine a light, there's a leaning lamp to suit your scheme.

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Dutchbone Devi, £129, Houseology

Dutchbone Devi, £129, Houseology

This vintage style desk lamp has a brass plated iron body and a choice of matte and gloss powder coated finishes for the shade and base. An adjustable hinge lets you tilt the lamp in a direction to suit.

Dutchbone Devi, £129, Houseology

Dutchbone Devi, £129, Houseology

This vintage style desk lamp has a brass plated iron body and a choice of matte and gloss powder coated finishes for the shade and base. An adjustable hinge lets you tilt the lamp in a direction to suit.

Stasis in brass and polished copper, £850, Bert Frank

Stasis in brass and polished copper, £850, Bert Frank

With its copper shade and linear brass arm, this lamp makes a bold style statement. Its solid brass base features a sleek copper insert which brings an unexpected twist and the angle of both the arm and shade can be adjusted.

w084t1 studioilse, £530, Ilse Crawford for Wästberg at Nest.co.uk

w084t1 studioilse, £530, Ilse Crawford for Wästberg at Nest.co.uk

Ilse Crawford chose honest materials for this number: iron for its feelings of stability, reliability, trust; wood with its warmth and life, and mineral plastic for its intimate glow, as well as its tactility.

Mini Kelvin in chrome, £170, Antonio Citterio for Flos at Clippings

Mini Kelvin in chrome, £170, Antonio Citterio for Flos at Clippings

Launched in 2009 this Flos light is already internationally recognised as one of the most iconic task lamp in the design world

Cloche in polished brass, £215, Lars Beller Fjetland for HAY at Utility Design

Cloche in polished brass, £215, Lars Beller Fjetland for HAY at Utility Design

Taking inspiration from a dining cloche, as though being lifted from the table, this charming lamp is elegantly poised to cast pools of light.

La Petite in White, £172, Quaglio Simonelli for Artemide at Twentytwentyone

La Petite in White, £172, Quaglio Simonelli for Artemide at Twentytwentyone

Formed of lightweight plastic, the shade on this modern classic features twin diffusers for a soft and even direct and indirect light.

Sunset, £455, Cattelan Italia at Chaplins

Sunset, £455, Cattelan Italia at Chaplins

A linear brass stand and fumé glass shade combine to beautiful effect in this striking piece from Cattelan Italia.

VL38 in White and Brass, £410, Louis Poulsen at Heal’s

VL38 in White and Brass, £410, Louis Poulsen at Heal’s

Advances in technology have enabled this Danish design classic to be relaunched with an LED light.

Pickling with 14cm tapered shade in Roya marbled paper, £95, Pooky

Pickling with 14cm tapered shade in Roya marbled paper, £95, Pooky

The "marbling" of paper is a craft that dates back hundreds of years. Paints and oils are carefully dropped onto a thickened water, and then "raked" and "stretched" to create the pattern. The paper is then slowly laid on top and once imprinted removed from the liquid and dried. No two pieces of paper can ever be the same, so you can be sure your shade is unique.