“ Brand: Argos / Type: Floor Lamp „
If only I could take credit for some of our best home interior features. Unfortunately all the best bits were hand-me-downs or recommended to us by friends. And in the case of this simple, elegant floor lamp, I have the Guardian Saturday magazine to thank. In a feature entitled "Austerity Chic" in January 2009, this lamp was arranged with a number of other affordable but expensive looking furnishings and textiles. And it's certainly true that it could easily be confused for a more expensive designer brand.
Not entirely flatpack, the lamp comes in a box about 40cm wide, deep and tall. the faux suede lampshade on ours is black, but brown and blue are also available. Assembly is reasonably easy, the instructions are not as clear as Ikea for instance, but if you follow them carefully and don't twist the flex while screwing the frame together you'll have it up in no time.
The base is well weighted and along with the lamp frame itself is finished in a shiny metallic chrome. The lamp has a good length of cord and a foot operated power switch. The frame makes an elegant curve from vertical to horizontal and back down to vertical into the lampshade. It's very simply, very classy and if you choose black should last countless changes of home décor.
One 100 watt ES bulb does the trick, but we prefer the brighter light of an energy saver. Tucked into a corner over my partner's favourite reading chair, this is definitely one of the bargain lighting purchases of our home.
Retails at £39.99; seen briefly (and in selected colours) during the last January sale for £19.98. Catalogue numbers 432/3680 (black) and 432/3611 (brown).
Chrome finish with faux suede shade. In-line on/off switch. Height 154cm.Shade diameter 30cm. Requires 1 x 100 watt ES bulb.