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Italian Mid-Century Modern Adjustable 3 Ball Suspension Pendant Stilnovo Style
By Stilnovo
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern lighting system / chandelier with three balls that are designed to pivot to direct light up, down or sideways, in the style of Stilnovo, circa 1970...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Mid-20th Century Modern Chandelier by Sciolari
By Sciolari Lighting
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful vintage chandelier from the Italian brand Sciolari. The lamp has a special design with clean lines and many angles. The lamp is made of stainless steel and brass. The ceili...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel

Large Murano Glass Pendant Lamp Italy 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lighting
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
The large, beautiful Murano glass lamp. Made in Italy in the 1960s. It gives off soft and soothing light when lit and brightens the room beautifully. Great working vintage conditio...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Chandelier 1970s, Plastic, Glass and Steel Mid-Century Modern, Lighting, Italy
Located in Roma, IT
Large Italian 1970s chandelier shaded brown plastic, inside a white glass ball, steel finish. Measure: diameter 25.6 inches.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Catellani & Smith Italian Mid Century Lighting 90's
By Enzo Catellani, Catellani & Smith
Located in bari, IT
Wall lamp whose shape resembles a moon, effective and suggestive piece of furniture. Diffuser disc made of aluminum covered in free leaf, 90s production designer Enzo Catellani for C...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Gold Leaf

1970s Mid-Century Modern Brass and Opaline Glass Italian Ceiling Light
By Azucena, Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A lovely brass and opaline glass ceiling light made in Italy in the Seventies, brass and glass are in perfect conditions, it works 110-240 volts and needs regular e14 bulb.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

1970s a Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Italian Ceiling Light
Located in Aci Castello, IT
It's a never used ceiling light made in Italy in the seventies, it has been bought in a closing lighting shop. It works 110-240 volts and needs regular e27 bulbs. It's also usable as...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lighting / Floor Lamps by Giuseppe Ostuni for Oluce
By Giuseppe Ostuni
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful Italian adjustable floor lamps designed by Giuseppe Ostuni for Oluce, also known for being the oldest active lighting company in Italy. These lamps can be purchased individ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
Located in Porto, PT
Darkened wood, brass and inlaid lines Mid-Century Modern Italian floor lamp, new fabric dark blue shade. Measures: H. 181 cm, D. 55 cm (shade).
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Unique Mid-Century Modern Hand Crafted Amethyst Stained Glass Lighting Fixture
Located in West Hartford, CT
Exquisite hand crafted umbrella shaped stained glass light fixture in a beautiful pink amethyst color supported by copper rod. Why not own the best? Made in Italy but wired for the USA.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Copper

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gaetano Sciolari Style Brass Chandelier
By Guglielmo Ulrich, Sciolari Lighting, Stilnovo, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Houston, TX
Great Italian Mid-Century Modern Gaetano Sciolari inspired geometric eight-light brass chandelier. This beautiful Italian brass geometric chandelier has been newly wired with new soc...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Weesp, NL
Floor lamp Italian Mid-Century Modern. Stylish and elegant midcentury tripod floor lamp made in Italy. This lamp in the style of Stilnovo is in fantastic condition. Both the st...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
H 42.13 in. W 11.03 in. D 11.03 in.
Gaetano Sciolari Mid-Century Modern Italian Chrome and Glass Chandelier, 1970
By Gaetano Sciolari, Sciolari Lighting
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari and produced by Sciolari Lighting in chromed metal and glass, ten E14 bulbs with 51 spheres of blown glass. Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

1980s Huge Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceiling Light by Fabbian, 1980s
By F. Fabbian, Fontana Arte
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An high quality ceiling light made in Italy in the 1980s by Fabbian, it's labeled on the glass, good conditions overall, it works 110-240 volts and need regular e27 bulb.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Kalmar Mid-Century Modern Green Triedri Murano Chandelier Sputnik, 1982
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Murano, Venezia
Designed in 1982 by Kalmar, this chandelier has 41 green glass elements called “Triedri”. Perfect for a modern space, the chandelier reach the diameter of 90 cm and is lighted by 9...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Kalmar Mid-Century Modern Crystal Triedri Murano Chandelier Sputnik, 1982
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Murano, Venezia
Designed in 1982 by Kalmar, this chandelier has 41 crystal glass elements called “Torciglioni”. Perfect for a modern space, the chandelier reach the diameter of 90 cm and is lighte...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Italian Modern Brass and Blue Enamel Monolith Reading Lamp Blueprint Lighting
By Stilnovo, Gino Sarfatti, Blueprint Lighting
Located in New York, NY
Enamel color may be specified with no additional lead time in most cases. Our standard enamel colors are shown in the final images--there is no additional lead time or cost for these...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Enamel, Chrome, Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier, 1950s
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Arc Floor Lamp
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian arc floor lamp.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Arc Floor Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Arc Floor Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Arc Floor Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Italian Arc Floor Lamp
H 84.65 in. W 17.33 in. D 62.21 in.
Mid-Century Modern Italian Wicker Table Lamp, 1960s, Italy
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Mid-Century Modern Italian wicker table lamp, 1960s, Italy Lampshade is in very good vintage condition. It has European plug. It can be converted to other countries plugs with ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wicker

Kalmar Mid-Century Modern Blue Crystal Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier, 1980s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Murano, Venezia
The chandelier you see in the photo is a vintage chandelier, designed in 1980 by Kalmar. It is composed of 56 elements called pipe-trunks and inside we find 6 bulbs that create won...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid modern century Articulated Table Italian Light
By Stilnovo
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Table lamp 3 rotules and an attachable to the table through a screw pinching system Original color of the shade and copper Inscribed brevetato.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Copper

Italian Modern Brass & Pale Pink Enamel Monolith Reading Lamp Blueprint Lighting
By Gino Sarfatti, Stilnovo, Blueprint Lighting
Located in New York, NY
Enamel color may be specified with no additional lead time in most cases. Our standard enamel colors are shown in the final images--there is no additional lead time or cost for these...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Enamel, Chrome, Nickel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Tripod Table Lamp
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage atomic tripod table lamp, circa 1950s. This unique piece features a cylinder perforated metal shade supported by a red tripod base. Perfect to use at a desk or as a reading l...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Stainless Steel Arc Floor Lamp with Marble Basement
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian chrome stainless steel arc retractable floor lamp with Belgian black marble base, 1970s. This lamp comes with European electrification.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Belgian Black Marble, Stainless Steel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Travertine Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An Italian travertine lamp of obelisk form with new brass double cluster sockets and cloth cord. signed on a brass plaque "H.R." Base is 10" square x 20" tall. Ov...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Travertine, Brass

  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Travertine Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Travertine Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Travertine Lamp
  • Italian Mid-Century Modern Travertine Lamp
H 34.5 in. W 10 in. D 10 in.
Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Chandelier
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern glass chandelier having a myraid of bolbous form hanging flutes. Made in Italy circa 1950s. This is part of our extensive collection which just arrived from Chic...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern glass table lamp in elongated shape atop a circular wooden base. The piece is in great vintage condition with some minor age-related wear to the bottom of ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Wood

Mid Century Chandelier Pendant Round Chromed Metal Lighting Italian Design 1970
Located in Palermo, IT
Chandelier by the unknown designer with a long stem that supports 6 circular diffusers in chromed metal with 6 E27 lights. Made in Italy in the 70s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Chandelier, Stilnovo Style
By Gerald Thurston, Gaetano Sciolari, Stilnovo, Sciolari Lighting, Lightolier
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual Italian Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo style five-light brass chandelier with glass shades. This Italian Mid-Century Modern brass chandelier has been newly wired for the U.S. ma...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Kalmar Mid-Century Modern Amber Crystal Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier, 1980s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Murano, Venezia
The chandelier you see in the photo is a vintage chandelier, designed in 1980 by Kalmar. It is composed of 49 elements called pipe-trunks and inside we find 5 bulbs that create wonde...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

1950s Mid-Century Modern Italian Floor Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Italian three-legged floor lamp with beautiful patination to sculptural brass feet. Perforated lampshade creates a beautiful effect when lit. Wood in original condition w...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Wood

Mid-Century Italian Modern Sculptural Floor Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning sculpted form floor lamp features impressive lacquered metal construction with a unique shape and large vintage textile shade. The striking appearance of this well-made...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Wood

1960s Mid-Century Modern Cube Italian Table Lamp
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A resin and stone cube table lamp made in Italy in the Seventies. High quality brass parts are in original patina, the original rectangular lampshade has been upholstered on a black ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cube Italian Table Lamp
  • 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cube Italian Table Lamp
  • 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cube Italian Table Lamp
  • 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cube Italian Table Lamp
H 32.29 in. W 17.72 in. D 17.72 in.
Reggiani Mid Century Modern Trumpet Floor Lamp Italy
By Reggiani
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Horn styled floor lamp by Reggiani. Three separate flared sections of trumpet like nickel chrome steel. Three way switch.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Italian Floor Lamp
By Lumi
Located in Weesp, NL
Lumi Italy Mid-Century Modern chrome floor lamp. This lamp featured in Alain Delon's 1973 cult movie "no way back". The lamp has 15 glass spheres and each one holds one bulb. You c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Italian Designer Mid-Century Modern UFO Table Lamp, 1950s, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Iconic midcentury desk lamp in pistachio wrinkle paint with brass details. Minimalistic design from the 1950s, big round shade with cast iron beak-shaped base. The shade provides a s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Iron

Italian Mid-Century Modern Nickel-Plated Darkroom Photographer Light, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern nickel-plated darkroom photographer light, 1950s Darkroom photographer light with military green structure and nickel-plated aluminum details. Good con...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lanterns

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Metal, Nickel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Matte Bisque Fruit Lamps
By Bitossi, Fontana Arte
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A really beautiful and rare pair of high end Mid-Century Modern lamps made in Italy in the 1950s. Matte bisque natural white color with black bases. Newly rewired with new cords and ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

1980s Mid-Century Modern Italian Desk Lamp
Located in New York City, NY
1980s adjustable Italian desk lamp, in vintage original condition. Well made and very heavy.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Eight Tobia Scarpa Italian Flos "Tamburo" Green Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
By Flos, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Sacile, PN
Flos Tamburo is a series of Classic outdoor lighting fixtures. A beautiful light which is is ideal for the patio or outdoor walking areas and entrances. Finished in green metal with ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Italian Petite Table Lamps
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-Century Modern Italian bedside or table lamps in yellow enamel with brass hairpin bases, perfect for smaller spaces. They will require new wiring for US standards.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Stilnovo Mid-Century Modern Italian Floor Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Weesp, NL
Italian Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo floor lamp. Elegant and stylish three shade floor lamp by Stilnovo designed and produced in Italy in the 1950s. Three brushed satin glass shades, ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Barovier Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Glass Lamp
By Barovier&Toso, Sergio Asti, Angelo Barovier, Barovier, Salviati
Located in Houston, TX
Striking Mid-Century Modern murano glass lamp 28.25" H with alternating orange and white vertical stripes mounted on an acrylic base. This gorgeous Hollywood Regency murano glass lam...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic, Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern "Triedi" Italian Murano Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern "Triedi" Italian Murano chandelier.   
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Chromed Italian Floor Lamp, Italy, 1970
Located in Madrid, ES
Italian chromed flor lamp with white shade.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Italian Chandelier Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous chandelier from the studio of Gaetano Sciolari. 24 solid glass balls suspended by a stainless steel chain. Balls are topped by chrome sleeves on three levels which are illum...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass Leaf Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern Murano glass leaf pendant with hanging clear glass leaves on metal frame.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Lamp Opal Glass, Mid Century Modern, Italy
By Carlo Nason, Tito Agnoli
Located in Vienna, AT
Pendant lamp attributed Tito Agnoli, Italy, 1960 Very subtle, beautiful light with great illuminating qualities featuring an opal glass shade covered by another slightly smoked sh...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern hand-thrown ceramic table lamp glazed in orange / green / grey with masterful diagonally-biased overlays. Produced in Italy, circa 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
By Venini
Located in Weesp, NL
Textured Italian glass mid century modern chandelier Beautiful 1960s chandelier in the style of Venini, Murano, Italy. There are 27 glass cylinders of 18 x 4.5 cm and 14 of 13 x 4.5c...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
  • Italian Mid century Modern Textured Glass Chandelier
H 25.99 in. W 14.97 in. D 14.97 in.
Mid Century Modern Italian Fiberglass with Rattan Floor Lamp
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Tall and statuesque fiberglass lamp wrapped with thin strands of rattan.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Fiberglass, Rattan

1960s Mid-Century Modern Brass Italian Table Lamp
By Oscar Torlasco
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A Mid-Century Modern italian table lamp made in the Sixties, good conditions overall, original patina, it works both 110-240 volts and needs a regular e27 bulb.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Oscar Torlasco Mid-Century Modern Brass Italian Floor Lamp
By Oscar Torlasco
Located in Madrid, ES
Floor lamp designed by Oscar Torlasco (1934-2004). Structure made of brass composed of three arms and adjustable colored cups. Oscar Torlasco was an Italian lighting designer who ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Cylindrical table lamps made of solid brass of excellent workmanship.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Ceramic Lamp Base, Probably Italy Mid-20th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Conical lamp base of polychrome glazed ceramic with shell decorations and underwater motifs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic

Italian Mid-Century Modern Tronchi Glass Flush Mount
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern square flush mount ceiling light with two tiers of tronchi glass tubes.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Stilnovo Unique & Original Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern very rare floor lamp from Stilnovo, Italy. Three enameled shades in primary colors. Adjustable arms and shades. Featuring a red center module that sets this lam...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Enamel

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These Italian Mid-Century Modern table lamps were constructed using reverse applied gold-leaf and transfer printed lithographic design encased in glass on black lacquered square meta...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold Leaf, Metal

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Italian Mid Century Modern Lighting For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of Italian mid century modern lighting available at 1stDibs. An item from our selection of Italian mid century modern lighting — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a choice in our collection of Italian mid century modern lighting, we have 30934 options in-stock, while there are 1945 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the object in our assortment of Italian mid century modern lighting you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Each option in this array of Italian mid century modern lighting bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Hollywood Regency hallmarks is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one piece of Italian mid century modern lighting that is appealing in its simplicity, but Stilnovo, Gaetano Sciolari and Venini produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is an Italian Mid Century Modern Lighting?

Prices for a piece of Italian mid century modern lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $982,587, while the average can fetch as much as $2,949.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.