Axis71 , the boutique lighting collection from Belgium, includes an elegant and very useful design -- the S71.
The largest version is the floor model above, from which you can see that it is a conventional base'n'shade, but with details that raise it above the throng.
Instead of being supported by a thin stem mounted on a base that is large and heavy (for stability) , the structure of S71 tapers outwards into a cone.
The supports for the shade are visible, tapering up towards the section of a larger cone that is the shade.
This arrangement of straight lines, tapering, cones and angles provides a language out of which other light types can be made. There are three sizes of pendant - here are diagrams representing each of the three, plus a larger colour rendering:
and a wall version with a shade that is the same size as the smallest pendant:
Then there are two table versions, one that uses the same small shade , and another that uses the middle sized shade:
(As you may have guessed by now, the floor light uses the largest pendant shade.)
Here is the small table light being used in Liège's Hotel Neuvice, both on the table/desk and as a bedside light:
and, in the same hotel, the wall version being used as a a bedside light:
Click here for the flash catalogue, which you can also download. It has a helpful page that clearly shows the full range and how the models relate to each other:
There is also a beautiful walnut version that is exclusive to Roche Bobois.
Oh, and as wheat beer connoisseurs will affirm, Axis71's lights are not the only good thing to come out of Hoegaarden!