These Classic Modern Lighting Designs Will Never Go Out of Style

Updated 05/07/18
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We are big proponents of the save and splurge decorating method at MyDomaine. Some things that have to be replaced regularly like pillows and throws or trendy decorative accents are sometimes best purchased on a budget while other, more long-lasting pieces are worth the investment. When it comes to classic designs that will always stand the test of time and are therefore worth splurging on, we always turn to accent chairs and lighting.

Lighting has the power to transform a room. From the way it casts a glow to the way it looks, there is a reason designers call it the jewelry of a room. Furthermore, lighting (after lounge chairs) is probably the most easily recognizable and instantly iconic piece you can invest in. So which lamps, pendant, and chandeliers are worth the splurge? We rounded up our favorite classic modern lighting designs below. Trust us, these will never go out of style. 

Isamu Noguchi Akari 55A Pendant Lamp
Isamu Noguchi Akari 55A Pendant Lamp $2202
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Designed in the 1950s by Isamu Noguchi, these paper lanterns are seeing a resurgence this year, especially in hotel designs. Imagine it in its largest size making a bold statement in a space with ultra-high ceilings. 

Louis Poulsen Lighting PH5 Mini Pendant Lamp
Louis Poulsen Lighting PH5 Mini Pendant Lamp $650
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This midcentury pendant by Louis Poulsen became iconic gracing the halls of universities and libraries in Europe. Today, it has been re-issued in a variety of sizes and colors to suit virtually any décor.

Serge Castella Large
Serge Castella Large "Spring" Chandelier $7500
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Inspired by white plaster Giacometti-style chandeliers, French designer Serge Castella designed a series of organic-shaped white plaster chandeliers that have become instant classics and are becoming increasingly in demand. 

Modernica Nelson™ Ball Wall Sconce
Modernica Nelson Ball Wall Sconce $395
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Designer George Nelson is well known for its geometric pendant lanterns, but perhaps one of his most beloved designs is this wall sconce. They look particularly good in a pair flanking a master bed. 

Gubi Grasshopper Floor Lamp
Gubi Grasshopper Floor Lamp $1030
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Recently re-issued by Gubi, Greta Grossman's Grasshopper floor lamp is an icon of mid-century Swedish design that blends surprisingly well in contemporary and classic designs. It also comes in six colorways to suit virtually any space.  

Petite Friture Vertigo Pendant Lamp
Petite Friture Vertigo Pendant Lamp $1130
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This easily recognizable pendant light makes a striking in any space it inhabits. Available in a variety of colorways, the Vertigo breaks the mold of the traditional chandelier and has become a statement lighting staple in France—while also growing in popularity stateside.

Vitra Prouvé Potence Lamp
Vitra Prouvé Potence Lamp $2130
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French designer Jean Prouvé may have designed this extra-long swing-arm sconce for his own home, but it has since become a staple of midcentury French design. We most often see it balancing over a dining table as a minimalist alternative to a classic chandelier.

Anglepoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp
Anglepoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp $380
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Popular since 1937, this desk lamp has been an icon of modern industrial design for nearly a century. These days, it's reimagined in a variety of new pastel colors to soften the style. It doesn't get much more iconic than this when it comes to task lighting. 

Flos Snoopy Table Lamp
Flos Snoopy Table Lamp $1295
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Flos' Snoopy table lamp has become a staple in fashion-girl homes everywhere. The 1967 design recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary with a limited-edition release. These lamps fly off the shelves whenever they are reintroduced, so get your hands on one before it's gone again. 

Serge Mouille Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp
Serge Mouille Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp $6759
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Whether you know its name or not, you've undoubtedly seen French designer Serge Mouille's Spider lighting before. Available in multiple sizes as a chandelier or sconce, there is no easier way to make a striking statement in any type of space. 

Louis Poulsen Lighting Artichoke Lamp, Steel
Louis Poulsen Lighting Artichoke Lamp $9998
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Designed in 1958, Poul Henningsen’s infamous Artichoke Lamp is composed of layers of overlapping leaves that produce an intricate lighting play. It is now available in multiple finishes and sizes.

Lindsay Adelman Branching Bubbles Chandelier
Lindsay Adelman Branching Bubbles Chandelier $24000
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Lighting designer Lindsay Adelman made a name for herself with her instantly recognizable branching bubbles chandelier, which is available in various sizes, shapes, and finishes. This is quite an investment.

Oluce Atollo Table Lamp
Oluce Atollo Table Lamp $950
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This minimal table lamp by Italian designer Vico Magistretti is a staple of 1970s design. In recent years, its simple rounded design has also had a large appeal in minimalist interiors. 

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