Pia’s Picks: falling for oversized lamps
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Pia’s Picks: falling for oversized lamps

Pia Seidel
7.2.2024
Translation: Eva Francis

Oversized lamps light up your room and add character to your home.

The oversized trend has spilled over from fashion into product design. Oversized shapes are intentionally designed to be larger than usual. In furniture design, this could be a table with podgy legs such as the Morbido Table designed by Studio Mignone or the chunky cup and saucer produced by Gustaf Westman. So far, this trend hasn’t spoken to me. But when I discovered oversized lamps, the Alice in Wonderland vibe had me hooked.

The plaster floor lamps designed by Léa Mestres, for example, are so huge they’re taller than the French artist herself. Surprisingly, they look light as a feather in their pastel shades ranging from piggy pink to baby blue and lemon yellow.

Looks like an eccentric art project – and it is: the floor lamps Dixie, Maddie, April, Ava, Hailey, Daria, Hannah and Abby by artist Léa Mestres.
Looks like an eccentric art project – and it is: the floor lamps Dixie, Maddie, April, Ava, Hailey, Daria, Hannah and Abby by artist Léa Mestres.
Source: Léa Mestres

The Column Lights produced by interior designer Eny Lee Parker also make my eyes light up. They’re so high they reach the ceiling in many apartments. I really like the soft shape of the New Yorker’s XXL lamp named Oo Lamp. It consists of a chunky ceramic base, brushed metal parts and a satin or glossy glass shade.

Even though the Oo Lamp is bulky and made of stoneware, its white colour and soft shape give it a delicate look.
Even though the Oo Lamp is bulky and made of stoneware, its white colour and soft shape give it a delicate look.
Source: Eny Lee Parker

There are quite a few oversized designs in the Galaxus range, too. What I like most about them is that they stand out in photos without needing flashy patterns or bright colours. Their oversized shape radiates strength.

None of these lamps look particularly delicate, but that’s exactly what makes them so appealing.
None of these lamps look particularly delicate, but that’s exactly what makes them so appealing.
Source: Ferm Living

How best to integrate XXL lamps

The example of the Dou Floor Lamp designed by Ferm Living shows many different ways to make an oversized floor lamp part of your home. Add it to a reading or sofa corner or place it in front of an empty wall – there are no limits to your creativity. After all, an XXL lamp will never be overlooked.

The more prominently an oversized lamp’s placed, the bigger the statement.
The more prominently an oversized lamp’s placed, the bigger the statement.
Photos: Ferm Living
Photos: Ferm Living
Ferm Living Post Floor Lamp Base (E27)
Floor lamps
353.– CHF

Ferm Living Post Floor Lamp Base

E27

In my Pia’s Picks series, I regularly showcase my favourite finds – things I might not need, but definitely want.

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Like a cheerleader, I love celebrating good design and bringing you closer to everything furniture- and interior design- related. I regularly curate simple yet sophisticated interior ideas, report on trends and interview creative minds about their work.


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