shine a light: THE BEST METALLIC TASK LAMPS

Bring sophistication to your home office or desk area with a slick metallic task light. With designs that span mid-century style, urban industrial and contemporary sculptural forms, there's a model to suit most set-ups.

A separate study with a formal working area would be enhanced by something from a leading design name, say Tom Dixon's iconic Beat light, a classic Anglepoise or Kelly Wearstler's striking Cleo desk lamp – all of which ooze elegance and would instantly elevate a home office space.

Do you tend to do your life admin from a section of the living room or in a kitchen corner? Then one of the fabulous finds on the High Street, such as the Keegan task lamp from John Lewis or Tubular table lamp from French Connection would be a perfect purchase. Their slimline frames take up little space and they can be easily moved around, depending on whether you're paying bills, working at home or curling up in your favourite armchair to read a book.

If your preference is for a laptop on the sofa and something altogether less 'office-y', then it has to be Kartell's Taj mini. It's unusual shape belies the fact it's even a lamp, so when you're relaxing rather than working, it will stand out in your room like a stylish sculpture.

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Beat table light, £420,Tom Dixon

Beat table light, £420,Tom Dixon

A variation on the famous original Beat Light, this table standing version sits on a slender articulated arm and can be adjusted to direct the light beam, depending on the task in hand. The solid-brass components, iron sand-cast base and angular shape result in an eye-catching addition to your work zone. There's a brass version, which looks pretty good, too.

Cleo desk lamp, £460, Kelly Wearstler at LuxDeco

Cleo desk lamp, £460, Kelly Wearstler at LuxDeco

The Cleo lamp is a classic Kelly Wearstler piece, drawing inspiration from the raw beauty of nature. With its bold geometric aesthetic, the piece is a wonderful fusion of inventive design and sleek precision. Made from brass, its antique finish gives it an aged allure that would sit well with classic or contemporary styles.

Taj mini table lamp, £260, Kartell at Houseology

Taj mini table lamp, £260, Kartell at Houseology

Is it a light or is it a sculpture? Kartell's award-winning Taj mini table lamp has been given a copper coating with a luminous appearance that elevates it to new heights.

Tubular table lamp, £120, French Connection Home

Tubular table lamp, £120, French Connection Home

This is a sophisticated model with an industrial edge. Its simple brass-effect shade and thin stand, make it a modest addition that will bring a soft glow to cosy corners.

Keegan task lamp, £55, John Lewis

Keegan task lamp, £55, John Lewis

There's a retro style to this cute task lamp with its simple loop-shaped base and satin brass head. Its smart appearance belies its inexpensive price, so it's a savvy choice for a home office.

Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp, £160, Anglepoise

Good things come in small packages and the Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp is a compact version of the Sir Kenneth Grange-designed Anglepoise classic. Recently-launched finishes in Copper, Silver and Gold Lustre bring a festive update to this timeless desk-side staple