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Shining Stars: The Best Floor Lamps For A Well-Lit Space

By Kanebridge News
Thu, May 25, 2023 4:50pmGrey Clock 3 min

It’s that time of year when getting off the lounge seems like way too much effort. Instead, a comfortable chair, a good book and a warm beverage beckon. Making sure your living space works, whether you’re looking to create zones within an open plan, or you want to read without straining your eyes, depends on your choice of lighting. As well as being up to the task to create mood and function, these floor lamps make a style statement. We’ve selected the best, from classic designs to timeless contemporary to ensure your living areas are inviting, as well as inspiring.


Tote Standing Lamp

Tote Floor Lamp - Tide Design - Tide Design - Handmade Furniture

The classic shapes of the Tote standing lamp by Tide Design have been given a clean, contemporary feel with the added warmth of natural timber. It’s the perfect shape for those who love tradition with a side of biophilic design. Available in three timbers, from $1,430 from Workshopped.


Foscarini Twiggy floor lamp

Twiggy Floor Lamp White by Marc Sadler for Foscarini | Replica Lights

Made from coated fibreglass , coated metal and aluminium, the impossibly flexible Foscarini Twiggy floor lamp is ideal over lounges and cosy corners. From a design perspective, it breaks up strong lineal shapes associated with modular sofas. Plus, it creates pools of light perfect for zoning, $2,885 from Space.


Cliff 02 Lamp

Cliff 02 Lambert&Fils Floor Lamp - Milia Shop

The tripod base of the brass and black matte Cliff 02 lamp from the Lambert & Fils workshop adds extra stability with a contemporary edge. A study in minimalism, the brass finishes deliver a jewel-like finish to the supporting rods, $4,380 from Living Edge.


Copenhagen SC14 Lamp

Copenhagen SC14 Floor Lamp – Cult - Design First

Perfect for creating visual warmth on cold nights, the Copenhagen SC14 lamp by &Tradition emits a soft ambient light with the control of a dimmer option and opal glass shade, $2,448 from Cult.


Tonone Bolt 2 Arm Floor Lamp

This lamp is right at home in any room in the house, from the living room to the kids’ bedrooms. Adjustable at two points to allow a change of height, as well as direction, it has a steel base and rods with an aluminium shade. It’s also available in a range of colours suitable for contemporary or traditional interiors, $1100 from Mondopiero.

Alma Lamp

Visual Comfort Kelly Wearstler Alma Floor Lamp — Oscar and Mila

US designer Kelly Wearstler’s stunning Alma lamp has the solidity of a white marble base and the allure of an antique burnished brass base. The cylindrical head of the pharmacy floor lamp can rotate 20 degrees left or right to best direct light, $2,079 from Montauk Lighting.


What light is best for living room lamps?

Lamps are an ideal way to create a sense of warmth in your living room but it’s critical to choose the right light bulbs to avoid your spaces looking like a convenience store. The colour temperature of lights are measured in Kelvins, with 2700k-3000k considered warm and 4000k-5000k considered cool light.


How much should you spend on a floor lamp?

The good news is floor lamps are available at a wide range of price points. Like most furniture, however, you get what you pay for. Prices for a reasonably good floor lamp start from $200 up to $5000 or more. Ensure it has at least a 12-month warranty.


What type of floor lamp gives off the most light?

This will depend on the type of lightbulb you use, as well as the style of lamp shade. Light intensity is measured in lumens and watts. A standard 40w lightbulb emits 450 lumens, while a 60w bulb emits 800 lumens. LED (light emitting diodes) lights output the most light in the most energy efficient way. A wider lampshade design will allow the light to extend its reach.




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Competitive pressure and creativity have made Chinese-designed and -built electric cars formidable competitors

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China rocked the auto world twice this year. First, its electric vehicles stunned Western rivals at the Shanghai auto show with their quality, features and price. Then came reports that in the first quarter of 2023 it dethroned Japan as the world’s largest auto exporter.

How is China in contention to lead the world’s most lucrative and prestigious consumer goods market, one long dominated by American, European, Japanese and South Korean nameplates? The answer is a unique combination of industrial policy, protectionism and homegrown competitive dynamism. Western policy makers and business leaders are better prepared for the first two than the third.

Start with industrial policy—the use of government resources to help favoured sectors. China has practiced industrial policy for decades. While it’s finding increased favour even in the U.S., the concept remains controversial. Governments have a poor record of identifying winning technologies and often end up subsidising inferior and wasteful capacity, including in China.

But in the case of EVs, Chinese industrial policy had a couple of things going for it. First, governments around the world saw climate change as an enduring threat that would require decade-long interventions to transition away from fossil fuels. China bet correctly that in transportation, the transition would favour electric vehicles.

In 2009, China started handing out generous subsidies to buyers of EVs. Public procurement of taxis and buses was targeted to electric vehicles, rechargers were subsidised, and provincial governments stumped up capital for lithium mining and refining for EV batteries. In 2020 NIO, at the time an aspiring challenger to Tesla, avoided bankruptcy thanks to a government-led bailout.

While industrial policy guaranteed a demand for EVs, protectionism ensured those EVs would be made in China, by Chinese companies. To qualify for subsidies, cars had to be domestically made, although foreign brands did qualify. They also had to have batteries made by Chinese companies, giving Chinese national champions like Contemporary Amperex Technology and BYD an advantage over then-market leaders from Japan and South Korea.

To sell in China, foreign automakers had to abide by conditions intended to upgrade the local industry’s skills. State-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group developed the manufacturing know-how necessary to become a player in EVs thanks to joint ventures with Toyota and Honda, said Gregor Sebastian, an analyst at Germany’s Mercator Institute for China Studies.

Despite all that government support, sales of EVs remained weak until 2019, when China let Tesla open a wholly owned factory in Shanghai. “It took this catalyst…to boost interest and increase the level of competitiveness of the local Chinese makers,” said Tu Le, managing director of Sino Auto Insights, a research service specialising in the Chinese auto industry.

Back in 2011 Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent, explained what set Chinese capitalism apart from its American counterpart. “In America, when you bring an idea to market you usually have several months before competition pops up, allowing you to capture significant market share,” he said, according to Fast Company, a technology magazine. “In China, you can have hundreds of competitors within the first hours of going live. Ideas are not important in China—execution is.”

Thanks to that competition and focus on execution, the EV industry went from a niche industrial-policy project to a sprawling ecosystem of predominantly private companies. Much of this happened below the Western radar while China was cut off from the world because of Covid-19 restrictions.

When Western auto executives flew in for April’s Shanghai auto show, “they saw a sea of green plates, a sea of Chinese brands,” said Le, referring to the green license plates assigned to clean-energy vehicles in China. “They hear the sounds of the door closing, sit inside and look at the quality of the materials, the fabric or the plastic on the console, that’s the other holy s— moment—they’ve caught up to us.”

Manufacturers of gasoline cars are product-oriented, whereas EV manufacturers, like tech companies, are user-oriented, Le said. Chinese EVs feature at least two, often three, display screens, one suitable for watching movies from the back seat, multiple lidars (laser-based sensors) for driver assistance, and even a microphone for karaoke (quickly copied by Tesla). Meanwhile, Chinese suppliers such as CATL have gone from laggard to leader.

Chinese dominance of EVs isn’t preordained. The low barriers to entry exploited by Chinese brands also open the door to future non-Chinese competitors. Nor does China’s success in EVs necessarily translate to other sectors where industrial policy matters less and creativity, privacy and deeply woven technological capability—such as software, cloud computing and semiconductors—matter more.

Still, the threat to Western auto market share posed by Chinese EVs is one for which Western policy makers have no obvious answer. “You can shut off your own market and to a certain extent that will shield production for your domestic needs,” said Sebastian. “The question really is, what are you going to do for the global south, countries that are still very happily trading with China?”

Western companies themselves are likely to respond by deepening their presence in China—not to sell cars, but for proximity to the most sophisticated customers and suppliers. Jörg Wuttke, the past president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, calls China a “fitness centre.” Even as conditions there become steadily more difficult, Western multinationals “have to be there. It keeps you fit.”


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