Discover a cross-section of classic and contemporary swing arm wall lamps.
Swing arm wall lamps can be traced back to the early 20th century, originally designed for libraries and reading spaces. Gaining popularity during the mid-century modern movement, swing arm wall lamps are favoured for their ability to direct light and ‘spotlight’ interiors. In this feature, we explore nine standout swing arm wall lamps that reflect the flexibility and versatility of their design intent.
New York-based multi-disciplinary studio Workstead were inspired by 19th-century factory lighting while designing this wall lamp. The lamp’s metal shade can rotate 360 degrees, making it both mobile and versatile.
Movement is intrinsic to all of Bernard Schottlander’s work; the British designer, artist and engineer created the Mantis lighting series for DCW Editions by combining delicate metal work and a clever system of counterweights.
French goldsmith Serge Mouille is considered, to this day, one of the most influential lighting designers of the 20th century, having risen to fame in the 1950s with his series of “black shapes”. All of Serge’s designs, including this wall lamp, have been re-released with the greatest respect for his original craftsmanship.