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1. The Surveyor's Style Lamp: These floor lamps are inspired by the stands surveyors use, hence the name. Here a pair of polished surveyor style lamps frame the inside of a spectacular window and add to the symmetry of the space. They are also the only elements that add a bit of black to that wall.
Added bonus: When your surveyor's lamp inspires a conversation, you can casually drop the words "Plumb Bob" into conversation, and it's always fun to say "Plumb Bob." Try it.
If you're like most people and do not have a giant living room or warehouse you need to furnish, you may need to scale it down a bit. There is a photographer's style lamp for you; many retailers have picked up on the photographer's lamp trend and offer smaller models. Here a smaller scale photographer's lamp nestles right into the living room and provides good reading light.
3. The Tripode Lamp: This lamp stands out from the pack of other tripod lamps because its base is delicate and resembles a trio of Pick-Up Sticks. The slender legs of this style take up less room but draw the eye with their clever, well-balanced arrangement.
This is another great example of tripod lamps adding some much-needed height to the furnishings. These ceilings are so high that the rest of the furniture would seem squat without the added height from the floor lamps. Also, their bases play off the slender spindles of the stair railing.
5. The Drop Dead Legs Tripod: These tripods have legs up to their necks, literally, and taper down into spiky points at the floor. This adds a sharp, crisp element to the room, whether you choose black, a natural wood tone or a metal finish. Here a spiky tripod is a great addition to the window bay. The long straight legs and implied triangles provide needed contrast to the curvaceous furniture and accessories.
6. Noguchi Akari Lanterns: Isamu Noguchi never met a tripod base he didn't like, and he usually affixed a fantastic paper lantern to every one he came across. The official lanterns are known as Akari lanterns, and a genuine Akari model will have a stamped red sun and half moon with Japan written under the symbol on the shade. Next to the symbol will be the signature "I. Noguchi".
A part of the Museum of Modern Art's archives, these lamps now reside next door to MoMA.
8. Wide Legged Jeanne: This room has a few dominant textures such as the tapestry, the fur throw, the sculpture and the plant. The other furnishings need to take a bit of a backseat. This tripod is an excellent choice because of its white shade and chrome base, which do not compete with the textures. Meanwhile, the large scale of the base and shade can stand up to the large proportions of this room.