Living in New York, often there is not adequate lighting for the layout of your home. Rarely does the designated location for a chandelier in a rental apartment work out. Instead of an unsightly cord running over your ceiling and down the wall, take a look at these functional yet beautiful solutions.

Some modern classics:

Prouve Potence Lamp

Designed by Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, produced by Vitra, 1950

Arco by Archille and Pier Giacomo Castigliono

A contemporary interpretation:

Steel Arc Floor Lamp

Design by Carlo Zerbaro and Alessandro Trentin, 2006.

And the best deal of them all from CB2, the Big Dipper Arc Floor Lamp ($199)

Or let this Jason Koharik Fixture be a sculptural art statement:

Available at Lawson Fenning.

and nothing beats a Serge Mouille Original: