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Large Italian Design Sputnik Stilnovo Chandelier 1950 Brass Orange Murano light
By Stilnovo
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Massive Sputnik chandelier Stilnovo with a diameter of 150 cm from the 1950s. The chandelier has 48 brass rods, 24 rods have a light socket and the other 24 rods have a orange glass...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik Murano Glass & Chrome 6-Light Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Measures: Diameter 22 in / 56 cm Height 34 in / 86 cm Glass globe diameter 6.3 in / 16 cm Weight 9 lb/ 4 Kg 6 light bulbs E14/ good working condition Assembly required. Bulbs not in...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik Murano Glass & Chrome 6-Light Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Measures: Diameter 22 in / 56 cm Height 34 in / 86 cm Glass globe diameter 6.3 in / 16 cm Weight 9 lb/ 4 Kg 6 light bulbs E14/ good working condition Assembly required. Bulbs not in...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Oversized Italian Sputnik Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Does this light have an ego! Gorgeous enormous large brass and black lacquered 1970s Sputnik!
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Stilnovo Mid-Century Modern Brass 16-Light Sputnik Chandelier, circa 1950
By Angelo Lelii, Stilnovo
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A Sputnik chandelier made in Italy in the 1950s by Stilnovo, brass has been cleaned but maintain its vibrant vintage look, original wiring, triple type of lighting, 8-light up, eight...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Murano Glass Sputnik Twelve-Light Chandelier
Located in Oakland, CA
Murano Sputnik chandelier with 76 tear-drop bubble encased glass rods, twelve lights, on a chrome centre. Matching nine-light chandelier also available upon request.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Glass Sputnik Hanging Light or Chandelier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and absolutely stunning vintage Sputnik hanging light. It features a chrome main structure with long clear glass rods. Takes standard size US light bulbs.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Design Sputnik 32 Arms 24-Light Brass Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Rovereta, SM
Italian design Sputnik Stilnovo chandelier 1950s-1960s brass.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Beautiful Italian Vintage Glass Sputnik Pendant Light Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful glass and nickel Snowball chandelier. Italy, 1960s Lamp sockets: 10
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Sputnik Murano Big Ball Pendant Light, VeArt, Italy, 1970s
By VeArt
Located in Aachen, NRW
Ceiling light with large volcanic Murano glass dome with a metal frame, Italy. Wonderful light effect. Good condition. Cleaned, well-wired, and ready to use. The fixture requires...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Sputnik Black and Brass Twelve Light Chandelier, 1950s, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s excellent massive Sputnik chandelier attributed to Stilnovo with a brass frame and 12 metal black lacquered shades lights. In addition to the arms with bulbs giving this chande...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Modern Multi Light Sputnik Chandelier with Chrome Reggiani Lamps
Located in Rome, IT
Unique creation with 30 original Reggiani chrome eyeball lamps, like a stars in the space, rounded with a metal frame. We can wire for US standards, 30 E27 lamp bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Bronze and White Murano 24-Light Contemporary Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Italian design sputnik chandelier, entirely handcrafted, made in Italy, composed of 24 blown white Murano glass globes supported by conical metal elements, jutting out from a central...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Original Hollywood Regency Mushroom Brass Sputnik Table Light, Italy, 1980s
By Stilnovo
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: modernist brass table light Origin: Italy Decade: 1980s This original vintage light was designed and produced in the 1980s in Italy. The light...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Eighteen-Light Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in East Hampton, NY
Eighteen chrome saucers on Sputnik arms and spheres throughout. Lots of glam!  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Italian Modern Multi Light Sputnik Chandelier with Chrome Reggiani Lamps, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Unique creation with 30 original Reggiani chrome eyeball lamps, like a stars in the space, rounded with a metal frame. We can wire for US standards, 30 E27 lamp bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Original Modernist Mushroom Sputnik Table Light with Opal Shade, Italy, 1970s
By Stilnovo
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: table light with opal shade Origin: Italy Decade: 1970s This original vintage light was designed and produced in the 1970s in Italy. it is made of metal and opal...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian Midcentury Twelve-Light Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Sputnik style chandelier was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It is made of brass and has got 12 black lacquered Bakelite bulb holders (E14). The brass lamp rod ca...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s Large Italian Brass and Milk Glass 10-Light Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A large ten-light midcentury Italian brass and milk glass "Sputnik" chandelier. Socket: 10 x e14 for standard screw bulbs. The condition is excellent.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Modernist Murano Etched Glass Gilt Brass Sputnik Orbit 9Light Chandelier
By Mazzega
Located in Coimbra, PT
Measures: Diameter 23.62 in / 60 cm Height 29.52 in (23.62 in + 6 in/chain)/ 75 cm (60cm + 15cm/chain) Weight 14.33 lb/ 6.5 Kg Measures: Globe/diameter 6 in. (15cm). 9 light bulbs E1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Art Glass

Modern Italian Alabaster Satin Brass Space Age Style 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier
By Matlight Milano
Located in New York, NY
Cosulich Interiors & Antiques in collaboration with Matlight - Milan: this bespoke sputnik chandelier, entirely handcrafted in Italy, is an explosion of light and reflections, pleasi...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster, Brass

Modern Italian Alabaster Satin Brass Space Age Style 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier
By Cosulich Interiors & Antiques, Matlight Milano
Located in New York, NY
Cosulich Interiors & Antiques in collaboration with Matlight - Milan: this bespoke Sputnik chandelier, entirely handcrafted in Italy, is an explosion of light and reflections, pleasi...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster, Brass

Fontana Arte Brass Sputnik Chandelier Light Fixture
By Fontana Arte
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Fontana Arte attributed light fixture chandelier. Curved art glass shades.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960's six light sputnik Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Amsterdam, NH
Sensational 1960's Sputnik chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari. The light starts with chrome bal with attached six stems containing a light bulb. Each stem has 5 smaller stems and again a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Midcentury Sputnik Chandelier Light Fixture in Polished Chrome, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Midcentury sputnik chandelier light fixture in polished chrome, 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Half Sputnik Chandelier in Light Pink-Beige Murano Glass and Brass
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This fabulous chandelier features 18 pinkish-beige handmade Murano glass globes and brass stems. It looks like large flowers and is really breath taking. When light is on, its very...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Space Age Sputnik Chrome Cascade Chandelier 4-Light Pendant Ceiling Lamp
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage midcentury 1960s Italian Space Age chrome cascade 4-light pendant ceiling lamp, Measures: Diameter 17.7 in/ 45 cm Height 30 in/ 75 cm Weight 5 Kg / 12 lb 4-light bulbs E-27 /...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Space Age Sputnik Chrome Cascade Chandelier 4-Light Pendant Ceiling Lamp
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage midcentury 1960s Italian Space Age chrome Cascade 4-light pendant ceiling lamp, Measures: Diameter 17.7 in/ 45 cm Height 30 in/ 75 cm Weight 5 Kg / 12 lb 4-light bulbs E-27 /...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Midcentury Style 2000 Murano Glass Clear Mink Black Punta Sputnik Ceiling Light
By Alberto Donà
Located in London, GB
A stunning important large Sputnik ceiling light 2000 Italian design Murano clear and mink colour glass shades on a brass metal structure, ten light bulbs. inspired by a midcentury f...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Brass and Lattimo Sputnik Chandelier 16 Lights and Clear Orbs Playing with Light
By Arteluce, Stilnovo, Sarfatti for Arteluce
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
A wonderful design that enhances the sputnik design. Here the light comes from 16 opaline Venetian glass blown spheres. There are also correspondent massiccio glass globes that are r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Italian Multi-Color 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier by Arredoluce, 1950s
By Arredoluce
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This multi-color Sputnik chandelier was made in Italy in the 1950s and is attributed to Arredoluce, Monza.  It has got 12 bakelite bulb holders which request an E14 bulb each. The...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Twelve-Light Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Sputnik style chandelier was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It is made of brass and has got 12 black lacquered bakelite bulb holders. The brass lamp rod can be s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Thirteen-Light Chrome Sputnik Chandelier with Starbursts
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Quechee, VT
The thirteen lights are reflected in the many chrome ball-tipped starbursts and central globe. The design throws wonderful shadows. It is stunning in person when off and delightful a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Chandelier Sputnik 24 light
Located in Rimini, IT
Big chandelier sputnik 24 light 50/60 s very good condition brass and alluminium shipping worldwide including on the price
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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H 59.06 in. Dm 47.25 in.
Mazzega Six-Light Sputnik Chandelier
By Mazzega
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Clear and amber Murano glass sputnik Italian chandelier by Mazzega.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

12 Light Brass Sputnik Flush Mount Chandelier
By Helestra
Located in Frisco, TX
12 light brass sputnik flush mount chandelier inspired by the works and creativity of Gaetano Sciolari. The fixture requires twelve European E14 candelabra bulb, each bulb up to 40 w...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Original Sputnik Celling Light in Brass, circa 1950
Located in Nice, FR
Sputnik celling light in brass, italian work circa 1950. Measures : Diameter : 100cm H : 30cm
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

XXL 1950s Stilnovo Sputnik Flush Light, Brass Pendant Light, Green Gold 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Bremen, DE
Very large Italian Sputnik light, featuring a 2-tiers array of 20 spokes, 10 short, 10 long, brass structures with alternating jade green enameled and brass fittings caps mounted on ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Sputnik Chrome 'On Heavy Brass' Ceiling Light Retro, 1970s
By S.A. Boulanger, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hove, GB
Gaetano Sciolari Sputnik chandelier was designed and produced in Italy during the 1960s-1970s for Boulanger. The chandelier is chrome-plated on heavy brass. This light offers ver...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Sputnik Nine-Light Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1950s or early 1960s chandelier probably by GMCE or Stilnovo. It features brass central structure and arms. Nine arms end in elongated cones and frosted glass spheres while a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Italian Twelve-Light Brass Sputnik Sunburst Chandelier Flush Mount
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Rare and very elegant, 1950s Italian twelve-light brass sunburst lamp which can be used as a wall lamp as well as a flush mount. With illuminated center. Professionally polished and...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Italian Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
Located in New York, NY
A large, dramatic 16-arm sputnik light fixture in polished brass. Italy, circa 1960. Wired for U.S. use; takes 16 candelabra base bulbs, 40 watts max.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Sexy 1970's Italian Murano Sputnik Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful and sexy 1970's sputnik light, the color of the glass is so much nicer in person, it give such beautiful reflection, the height can be shorter to almost a flush mount.   
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Polished Nickel-Plated Italian Sputnik 12-Light Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Stilnovo Italian nickel-plated 12-light Sputnik chandelier newly rewired.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

Italian Brass Sputnik Stilnovo Chandelier with 16 Light Arms
By Stilnovo
Located in Madrid, ES
Beautiful large sputnik style Stilnovo brass chandelier with 16 light arms and black-varnished metal shades. The black varnish in the middle of the lamp has slightly come off, but we...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

1 of 2 Large Sputnik Murano Big Ball Pendant light, Italy, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, NRW
Ceiling light with large volcanic Murano crystal glass dome on golden aluminum base. Wonderful light effect. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

1 of 2 Large Sputnik Murano Big Ball Pendant Light, Italy, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, NRW
Ceiling light with large volcanic Murano crystal glass dome on golden aluminum base. Wonderful light effect. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Huge Stilnovo Flush Mount Light, Brass Spider Sputnik, Italy, 1960s
By Stilnovo
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
An Italian 16-arm flush mount ceiling fixture by Stilnovo, manufactured in Midcentury. Solid brass frame with white lacquered fittings. This impressive chandelier holds 16 small base...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Twelve-Light Italian Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Twelve-light chandelier in the manner of Stilnovo, Italy. Authentic 1950s ceiling lamp holding twelve light bulbs on two levels, eight on the lower level and four on the upper level....
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960 Italy Sputnik Flush Mount Ceiling Light Crystal Glass & Chrome
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant sputnik ceiling lamp with crystal glass balls on a chromed frame. Chandelier has a modernist look and makes a great light. Manufactured in Italy, 1960s. Model: sputnik, sta...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Crystal, Brass, Chrome

Sputnik Ceiling Light Brass and Black, Stilnovo
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Stunning vintage Italian Sputnik ceiling lamp, formed in brass, with matte black painted conelike shade. Totally Silnovo style from the 1960s. 12 stunning light sources.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants

Large Sputnik Murano Big Ball Pendant Light, Temde, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, NRW
Ceiling light with large volcanic Murano glass dome with a brass frame made by Temde. Wonderful light effect. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Large Stilnovo Twelve-Light Opaline Shades Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful brass Sputnik chandelier with twelve light opaline glass patterns on a metal black enameled and brass structure. The elegantly lean lines embody the modern aesthetic develo...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Stilnovo Moonlight Modernist Sputnik Chandelier 16 Arms and 16 Light
By Stilnovo
Located in Baambrugge, NL
Beautiful Sputnik lamp with 16 arms and lamps. Painted in various colors. The amen are made of brass, total height 125 cm up to the ceiling The diameter of the lamp is 75 cm.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Half Sputnik Chandelier in Light Pink-Beige Murano Glass and Brass
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This fabulous chandelier features eight pinkish-beige Murano glass globes and 24 brass stems. It looks like large flowers and is really breath taking. When light is on, its very li...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier in Light Pink-Beige Murano Glass and Brass
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This fabulous chandelier features 18 pinkish-beige handmade Murano glass globes and brass stems. It looks like large flowers and is really breath taking. When light is on, its very...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century 1950s Italian Twelve-Light Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Beautiful 1950s twelve-light Italian Sputnik chandelier in the manner of Stilnovo. The lamp requires 12 E27 Edison screw on bulbs and works on 110V as well as 220V. Condition is ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Italian Sputnik, Eight-Light Chandelier Brass and Frosted Glass
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
Awesome eight-arm Italian 1960s sputnik chandelier, made of brass and frosted glass. The lamp requires E14 screw on bulbs. It has been rewired and works on 220V as well as 110V.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Beautiful Italian Sputnik Ceiling Light
By Stilnovo
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original 1950s Sputnik ceiling light with five opal glasses on a brass frame and black lacquered. In the style of Stilnovo.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

1950s, Italian Mid-Century 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Sputnik style chandelier was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It is made of brass and has got 12 black lacquered bakelite bulb holders. The brass lamp rod can be sho...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Italian Mid Century Sputnik Light For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the Italian mid century sputnik light you’re looking for at 1stDibs. An Italian mid century sputnik light — often made from metal, brass and glass — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for an Italian mid century sputnik light, we have 71 options in-stock, while there are 4 modern editions to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the Italian mid century sputnik light you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right Italian mid century sputnik light, those designed in Mid-Century Modern and Art Nouveau styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one Italian mid century sputnik light that is appealing in its simplicity, but Doria Leuchten Germany, Stilnovo and Gaetano Sciolari produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is an Italian Mid Century Sputnik Light?

Prices for an Italian mid century sputnik light can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $667 and can go as high as $15,000, while the average can fetch as much as $3,072.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Chandeliers and Pendants for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.