House style

Light up your life

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Jes­sica Doyle

WITH AU­TUMN AROUND the cor­ner, how we light our homes is en­ter­ing our minds once again. And these days, it seems, lamps can do more than sim­ply il­lu­mi­nate a room.

The new­est in­no­va­tion from Ikea is a ta­ble lamp that dou­bles as a Wi-fi speaker, the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the tech brand Sonos. The speaker, of­fer­ing great sound qual­ity, forms the base of the lamp, which is fit­ted with a mouth-blown glass shade. Specif­i­cally aimed at smaller, mod­ern homes, the range also in­cludes a book­shelf speaker that can stand alone, be hung from a hook or be mounted on the wall, to act as a handy shelf or bed­side ta­ble. Both come in black or white and can be used in­de­pen­dently or in tan­dem, so you can have dif­fer­ent sounds play­ing in dif­fer­ent rooms, or the same thing play­ing all over the house.

Also tak­ing ad­van­tage of new tech­nol­ogy is a range of cord­less lamps by Alexan­der Joseph, de­signed to be moved around the house or out into the gar­den as needed. The lamps look a lot less techy than most ex­ist­ing cord­less op­tions, with ce­ramic or glass bases in a se­lec­tion of colours, and a choice of silk shades. They also have an im­pres­sive bat­tery life, last­ing for up to 52 hours be­tween charges.

But if mod­ern tech­nol­ogy leaves you longing for a sim­ple dec­o­ra­tive lamp, there are plenty to choose from in the au­tumn col­lec­tions. Pooky, a favourite with in­te­rior designers, al­lows you to mix and match lamp bases and shades in an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent styles – the lat­est in­clude brightly coloured ce­ramic bases, and shades in mar­bled pa­per or block-printed cot­ton.

Mean­while, for pure glam­our, try the Zelda, one of up­scale light­ing brand Porta Ro­mana’s new­est de­signs, with an am­ber blown-glass base that will bring a max­i­mal­ist ’70s vibe to your home when the nights start to draw in.

Etna glass pen­dant shade, £73, and Lolita ta­ble lamp with pa­per shade, £143, both Pooky (pooky.com)

Sym­fonisk ta­ble lamp with Wi-fi speaker, £150, Ikea (ikea.com)

Zelda lamp with Bongo shade, £2,394, Porta Ro­mana (por­taro­mana.com)

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