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The best ... high-design desk lamps

These desk lamps will add plenty of light and some pizzazz to your "thinking space."

Atelier Task Lamp
This “architecture-style” lamp adds a “streamlined, masculine quality” to desks and side tables usually full of clutter.
Price: $229; Contact: Restoration hardware.com
Source: House Beautiful

Conran Mini-Z LED
This aluminum lamp “twists into countless configurations” and uses energy-sipping light-emitting diodes that help trim your energy bill.
Price: $112; Contact: Conranusa.com
Source: The New York Times

Link Lamp
By modernizing the classic pantograph style, this stamped-aluminum lamp “reduces the complexity of a task light to its essentials.”
Price: $350; Contact: Pablodesigns.com
Source: I.D.

Wästberg Lamp
English designer Ilse Crawford “chose cast iron for its stability, porcelain for its glow, and beech for its warmth.”
Price: $550; Contact: Dwr.com
Source: Metropolitan Home

Kelvin Lamp
The sleek design of this lamp “conjures a Sorbonne student’s just-so little desk” while the “spring-loaded arm actually goes where you want it.”
Price: $420; Contact: Conranusa.com
Source: Domino

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