Seven Modern Riffs on the Classic Banker's Lamp

Light things up with new take's on the classic banker's desk lamp
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These modern riffs on the banker's classic are perfect for those who haven't balanced a checkbook in years.

Photographer: Mike and Claire for Bloomberg Businessweek; Prop Stylist: Priscilla Jeong
Adjustable pharmacy desk lamp by World Market
Adjustable pharmacy desk lamp by World Market

Ones like this—with an adjustable height and a domed metal shade—were created to provide targeted light. Try it if your job is heavy on dense, fine-print documents. $150; worldmarket.com

Fuller table lamp by Fuse Lighting
Fuller table lamp by Fuse Lighting

The brass bar pivots to direct light where you need it, and the functional penholder/tray in the base is convenient if you don’t have much room. $3,369; fuselighting.com

Classic adjustable table lamp by Restoration Hardware
Classic adjustable table lamp by Restoration Hardware

The most versatile option, because the polished metal goes with any design scheme. Choose an Edison bulb if using solely as décor, or opt for a compact fluorescent one if you want to illuminate your entire private office. $219; restorationhardware.com

Goldman LED table lamp by Ron Gilad for FLOS
Goldman LED table lamp by Ron Gilad for FLOS

Named after the investment bank, it blends classic elements like a green shade, brass body, and pedestal base with contemporary updates such as a dimmable switch and minimalist profile. Great for a small desk in an open-plan space. $495; ylighting.com

Montgomery banker’s lamp by Ralph Lauren Home
Montgomery banker’s lamp by Ralph Lauren Home

The polished nickel and heavy weight lend a fat-cat, executive vibe. The price follows suit. $1,050; ralphlaurenhome.com

Clark table lamp by Lambert & Fils
Clark table lamp by Lambert & Fils

Made from one continuous folded brass sheet, it abstracts the typical shape into something sculptural. Available in black, white, and unfinished brass, anchored by a white marble cube. $628; lambertetfils.com

Bank lamp by Inertia Projects
Bank lamp by Inertia Projects

It has a useful angle-adjustable shade—and a pull chain for extra authenticity. Though it’s plenty advanced, using only 7 watts of electricity to power high-efficiency LED bulbs. $241; inertiaprojects.com

Electric T banker’s lamp by Jones County Road
Electric T banker’s lamp by Jones County Road

A banker’s lamp for the QuickBooks generation, it’s got an exposed bulb atop a steel frame. This doesn’t add much brightness, so use it to soften the tones of fluorescent overheads. $260; jones-county-road.myshopify.com