Best Bets: The Modern Lantern

Gone are the days where lighting served purely utilitarian purposes—after hundreds of years, the ubiquitous lantern does much more than just provide illumination for your home. Learn more about some of our favorite modern iterations on the timeless lantern lighting style.

Leigh Wall Sconce by Mitzi by Hudson Valley Lighting.

Leigh Wall Sconce by Mitzi - Hudson Valley Lighting

This contemporary take on the streetlamp takes care to preserve its vintage vibes. Gleaming metallic interior accents lend a polished, updated look with a glamorous touch while complementing its traditional silhouette.

Beckham Outdoor Post List by Troy Lighting.

Beckham Outdoor Post List by Troy Lighting

The classic lamppost is given a sleek, architectural update with modern lines. Dramatically vertical glass windowpanes give an open, airy look to this fixture, allowing it to brighten outdoor paths, doorways and steps with ease.

Ren Pendant by Becki Owens for Hudson Valley Lighting.

Ren Pendant by Becki Owens for Hudson Valley Lighting

A candelabra base is surrounded by industrial-inspired metalwork and glass, giving the appearance of floating candlesticks glowing from afar to illuminate an entryway, foyer or dining room.

Hexsation Pendant by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Corbett Lighting.

Hexsation Pendant by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Corbett Lighting

Ribbed glass panels and a geometric aesthetic make this pendant an unforgettable art deco-inspired focal point. Diffused illumination shines through the textured glass, creating a soft, understated light that’s flattering for any room.

Balad Lamp by Fermob.

Balad Lamp by Fermob

Trade in the kerosene for a rechargeable battery with a portable, cordless lamp. Made of modern materials and boasting up to 14 hours of battery life, this lamp’s minimalist aesthetic ensures it’s a breeze to use and transport wherever it’s needed—whether it’s for cozy nights entertaining outside or camping under the stars.

Newtown Table Lamp by Eglo.

Newtown Table Lamp by Eglo

The barebones look of a single bulb is thoughtfully transformed with industrial flair in mind. Gently curved metal spindles cage the light source, resulting in striking shadows when illuminated.

Plaza Foyer Pendant by Varaluz.

Plaza Foyer Pendant by Varaluz

Inspired by fixtures in hotels and public spaces during the 1970s, minimalism and geometry transform this pendant into a contemporary beauty. With a vertical open-cube design juxtaposed against glowing orb-like shades, its proportions are reminiscent of practical lighting designs from decades ago.

Mini Chou Portable Cordless LED Lamp by LZF.

Mini Chou Portable Cordless LED Lamp by LZF

Hardier wood veneer is used in place of paper in this homage to Japanese paper lanterns. With all the perks of modern capabilities like a 7-hour battery life, this portable LED lamp can be toted around from home to the outdoors.

Fusion Amani Center Drum Pendant by Justice Design Group.

Fusion Amani Center Drum Pendant by Justice Design Group

The simple drum design of this pendant is suspended from wires, lending a vintage aesthetic as the diffused lighting gives the look of soft candlelight hanging from above. We love this option for adding an understated romantic flair to any room—complete with a flattering glow.

Reveal LED Outdoor Rectangular Wall Sconce by Access Lighting.

Reveal LED Outdoor Rectangular Wall Sconce by Access Lighting

The fundamental elements of the classic lamppost are given a minimalist modern spin. Its bold, rigid lines are highlighted by architectural inspiration, giving this outdoor wall sconce a strikingly contemporary aesthetic that frames doorways with lasting, bulb-free, modern style.

Santorini Indoor Pendant by Marset.

Santorini Indoor Pendant by Marset

Reminiscent of lanterns found on fishing vessels, this pendant light is updated with a retro-inspired look and fun, pastel colored adjustable shades— giving you double the lighting power for brightening up kitchen islands or dining room tables.

Metro Long Pendant by SONNEMAN.

Metro Long Pendant by SONNEMAN

Perfect for adding some urban-inspired minimalist lighting, this pendant has a simple, rectangular open frame with a shade nestled within, recalling mid-century design elements and acknowledging the timelessness of the most beloved, classic lamp designs.