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This A-List Designer Shares the One Thing You Need in Your House

My table lamp by artist Jacques Duval-Brasseur looks like an abstract flower made of mixed metals, with stainless-steel petals and a curved bronze base. It’s a limited design from the 1970s that I fell in love with when I first saw it in vintage magazines, but it was expensive and rare. Then, about four years ago at a flea market in Paris, I saw the lamp peeking out at me from one of the stands. I brought it home and put it on the desk in my office so I could enjoy it every day. Nearly two years ago, I moved it onto a console in my dining room. It doesn’t give off a lot of light but rather glows, so we keep it on all the time to light the way to the kitchen. A lamp like this may not be highly functional, but with a distinctive shape and a warm glow, it gives a room a sexy vibe. It makes me happy to look at it. As with any art form, there are sculptural lamps that will resonate with just about everyone. You just need to go treasure hunting and seek one out!