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American Mid-Century Chrome Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century chrome metal faux bamboo cylindrical table lamp.
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20th Century American Table Lamps

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Chrome, Metal

Mid Century Bamboo Floor Lamp after Franco Albini, 1960s
By Franco Albini
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A mid century floor lamp produced around the 1960's in the manner of Franco Albini in Italy. The lamp is very light yet it is sturdy and stands stabile on the ground. The bamboo is i...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Fabric, Bamboo

Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquer and Bamboo Lamp
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern style sleek rectangular table lamp in black lacquer, trimmed with real bamboo, circa 1960s. Shade not included. Please note of wear consistent with age. Made in th...
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Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

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Wood, Bamboo

  • Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquer and Bamboo Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquer and Bamboo Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquer and Bamboo Lamp
  • Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquer and Bamboo Lamp
H 28.00 in. W 5.00 in. D 5.00 in.
Mid Century Brass Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
Located in Hastings, GB
Mid century brass faux bamboo table lamp in the manner of Maison Bagues, France, C 1950's Brass faux bamboo design with curved legs. 79cm height, 30cm width (inc shade) 65cm height ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Mid Century Brass Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Brass Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Brass Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
  • Mid Century Brass Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
H 31.11 in. W 11.82 in. D 11.82 in.
Bamboo, Rattan and Cotton Mid-Century Lamp in the Style of Louis Sognot
By Louis Sognot
Located in London, GB
A mid-century floor or table lamp in natural neutral tones, made of bamboo, rattan and cotton. A delicate design, which creates a mellow glow through the neutral fabric. No maker's m...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Cotton, Bamboo, Rattan

French Mid-Century Bagues Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp
Located in New York, NY
French 1950s gilt bronze faux bamboo design floor lamp resting on 3 feet (style of BAGUES)
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

Laurel Faux Bamboo Lamp with Table
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice quality faux bamboo floor table lamp combination.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

1950-1960s Mid-Century Rattan & Bamboo Floor Lamp, South of France
Located in New York, NY
Discovered in France, this unique floor lamp features a tall bamboo base and rattan lattice shade. Rustic yet modern, this eye-catching piece adds an earthy, natural dimension to a r...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bamboo, Rattan

Mid Century Faux Bamboo Table Lamps, a Pair
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Pair of vintage table lamps in faux bamboo style. Ceramic/plaster composition. Very good condition with only very minor imperfections consistent with age. May exhibit scuffs, marks, ...
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Vintage 1980s Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Plaster

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp in Wood, Bamboo and Brass
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Den Haag, NL
Mid-Century Modern table lamp in wood bamboo and brass.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid Century Articulated Bamboo Table Lamps, Vienna, 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar, Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Iconic pair of midcentury articulated table lamps probably from the workshops of Carl Auböck, J. T. Kalmar or Rupert Nikoll in Vienna, Austria. The lamps are made of articulated ba...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

Mid-Century Table Lamp Bamboo Extra long Metal Hollywood Regency Style
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Very high lamp base this original piece is made of natural bamboo and chrome finish It works perfectly An original and elegant unusual piece, Due to its size it is between the floor...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

French Mid-Century Bagues Style Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
French 1950s gilt bronze faux bamboo design floor lamp resting on 3 feet (in the style of BAGUES)
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

French Mid-Century Bagues Style Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
French 1950s gilt bronze faux bamboo design floor lamp resting on 3 feet (in the style of BAGUES)
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

French Mid-Century Bagues Style Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
French 1950s gilt bronze faux bamboo design floor lamp resting on 3 feet (in the style of BAGUES)
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

Pair of Large Mid-Century Modern Brass and Bamboo Table Lamps
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Large Mid-Century Modern Brass and Bamboo Table Lamps
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Chic Mid-Century Modern Chrome Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Elegant Mid-Century Modern chrome floor lamp with faux bamboo column and pretty lotus flower shaped base. Shade not included.
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Mercury Glass Faux Bamboo Table Lamp
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A stylish Mid-Century Modern glistening mercury glass columnar table lamp having faux bamboo design.
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Faux Bamboo Motive Art Decorated Mid-Century Modern Lamp
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid century modern design art decorated table lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Mid Century Modern Bamboo Brass Vintage Kalmar Floor Lamp Josef Frank Fabric
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage floor lamp from brass details and bamboo stem. The beautiful floor lamp was designed by J.T. Kalmar, Vienna in the 1950s. The lamp is carefully cleaned, th...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Palm Regency Lucite & Bamboo Table Lamp by Ritts Co.
By Shirley Ritts
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Lucite and bamboo reed table lamp by Shirley Ritts for Ritts Co. Los Angeles. This sculptural Palm Regency style lamp features clear Lucite and bamboo tubular rods...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo, Lucite

Bamboo, Brass & Leather Handmade Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp Milk Glass Globe
By McGuire
Located in Miami, FL
Handcrafted tall Mid-Century Modern bamboo and leather floor lamp with brass details and milk glass globe. Is wired for the U.S. and uses a max. 60 watts light bulb. Great addition...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Robert Altman Mid-Century Bronze Bamboo Floor Lamps
By Robert Altman
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid-century bronze bamboo floor lamps by Robert Altman; inclusive of natural paper shades as shown. Dual pull chair sockets with matching bronze colored silk cord. Excellent ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Bamboo Brass Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp No 2081 Karla Kalmar c 1960 Vienna
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern charming very rare vintage floor lamp is a real icon of Viennese design from 1960. The floor lamp no 2081 named Karla was designed by J. T. Kalmar and produced by ...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Eiffel Tower Paris Pencil Reed & Bend Bamboo Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp 1970
Located in Miami, FL
Handcrafted tall Mid-Century Modern Eiffel Tower Paris pencil reed, cane & bamboo floor lamp with Drum Shade. It is wired for the U.S. and uses a regular or LED bulb. Bohemian chi...
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Late 20th Century Philippine Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Fabric, Bamboo, Cane, Reed

Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp Brass Bamboo by Rupert Nikoll, Austria circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage floor lamp, which has a curved bamboo stem and a brass claw foot. Also the floor lamp is equipped with a renewed lamp shade covered with butter cream texti...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Bamboo Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of dark brown fluted bamboo table lamps with light shades.
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Mid-20th Century European Table Lamps

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Bamboo

  • Bamboo Table Lamps
  • Bamboo Table Lamps
  • Bamboo Table Lamps
  • Bamboo Table Lamps
H 35.5 in. Dm 22 in.
Mid-Century Modern Nautical Ceramic Table Lamp Enfold In Bamboo & Rope 1970s
Located in Miami, FL
Very unique 1970s nautical Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp enfold in bamboo and rope. All in all handmade and fits in any interior. Wired for the US and uses 1 regular light ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Bamboo Floor Lamp
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in New York, NY
Curved bamboo on formica base, in original working condition. Vintage shade not included.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bamboo

  • Bamboo Floor Lamp
  • Bamboo Floor Lamp
  • Bamboo Floor Lamp
  • Bamboo Floor Lamp
H 62 in. W 14 in. D 14 in.
Pair of Bamboo & Brass Handmade Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps Milk Glass Globe
By Chapman Manufacturing Company
Located in Miami, FL
1950 Chapman Manufacturing Company style handcrafted Mid-Century Modern pair of bamboo and brass details table lamps with milk glass globes. Both are wired for the U.S. and uses a r...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Style Chrome and Brass Floor Lamp, 1970s
Located in Lambertville, NJ
1970s Mid-Century Modern bamboo style chrome and brass plate floor lamp. Lamp shade not included. Measures: Height to harp 57.25 inches. Height to socket 48.5 inches.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Floor Lamp, Bamboo Design, Mid-Century Modern, Bronze Casting, Single Socket
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A four legged bronze bamboo design floor lamp. Has a single Edison socket and harp. Also with 4 ball feet pads. Good bronze acid patina. Measures: 69" height and a 21" width. Packing...
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1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

Mid-Century Faux Bamboo with Carrara Marble Table Floor Lamp
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant floor lamp designed in the Neoclassical style using a faux bamboo base and a Carrara marble table top. Base is a tripod collaboration which works so well in suppor...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Neoclassical Revival Floor Lamps

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Carrara Marble, Brass, Steel

Pair Small Mid-Centry Table Lamp Bamboo Italian Design, 1950
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair small mid-century table lamp bamboo Italian design 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo

Pair Small Mid-Centry Table Lamp Bamboo Italian Design 1950
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair small mid-centry table lamp bamboo Italian design 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo

Mid-Century Italian Metal Tole Palm Leaf and Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a mid-century Italian metal tole palm leaf and faux bamboo floor lamp in very good condition. The socket is newer, and it is UL listed. Base is 10.5”D. Height with harp is 67”.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Floor Lamps

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Metal

French Mid-Century Silvered Bronze Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp by Maison Baguès
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
Beautiful re-silvered bronze faux bamboo styled lamp attributed to Maison Baguès, with wonderful unusual black fiber lampshade. Measure: A full 70" tall on 17" legs is perfect for bo...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Carved Giltwood Faux Bamboo Column Lamps
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Italian Mid-Century Carved Giltwood Faux Bamboo Column lamps Italy, circa 1960s A very sheik pair of carved giltwood with silver leaf trim faux bamboo pagoda column lamps...
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20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Giltwood

Pair French Mid-Century Bronze Fluted Faux Bamboo Floor Lamps by Maison Baguès
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of French Mid-Century modern neoclassical, fluted, faux bamboo style standing lamps by Maison Baguès in solid brass with bronze patina. Total height is modifiable by c...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Isamu Noguchi Mid-Century Modern Large Akari Bamboo Washi Paper Floor Lamp 22N
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
22N table lamp, designed by Isamu Noguchi. Manufactured by Ozeki & Company Ltd. (Japan.) Bamboo ribbing structure covered by washi paper manufactured according to the traditional p...
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Vintage 1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sheaf of Bamboo Rattan Organic Floor Lamp 1970s Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern vintage floor lamp shaped like a sheaf of rattan designed and executed 1970s Italy. The organic shape of the sheaf of rattan shows many rattan sticks underlined w...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Rattan

French Mid-Century Modern Gilt Iron Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp by Maison Baguès
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
Elegant French Mid-Century gilt iron faux bamboo standing lamp by Maison Baguès. Shade is for demonstration only.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Wrought Iron

Bamboo Table Lamp, France, 1960s
Located in Bristol, GB
Vintage bamboo table lamp from France, circa 1960, Louis Sognot attributed. A large table lamp which could also be used a small floor lamp.
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Mid-20th Century French Table Lamps

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Canvas, Bamboo

Pair Large French Mid-Century Brass Faux Bamboo Floor Lamps by Maison Bagues
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Elegant French Mid-Century brass faux bamboo floor lamps in the Modern Neoclassical spirit resting on a tripod base by Maison Bagues. The height shown is 75" but the harp...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Metal

1950's Bamboo / Rattan Table Lamps
By Paul Frankl
Located in Fulton, CA
A vintage pair of bamboo table lamps retaining their vintage lamp shades. Excellent vintage condition with light wear to shades. Base measures 7.25" square. Shades measure 12 diamete...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo

  • 1950's Bamboo / Rattan Table Lamps
  • 1950's Bamboo / Rattan Table Lamps
  • 1950's Bamboo / Rattan Table Lamps
  • 1950's Bamboo / Rattan Table Lamps
H 31.25 in. Dm 15.5 in.
Pair of Maison Baguès Bronze Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp French Mid-Century Modern
By Maison Baguès
Located in Miami, FL
Original pair of Maison Baguès Classic and elegant Faux Bamboo style floor lamp with black & gold paper shade. 2 pairs available French Mid-Century Modern made in the late 1950s. Eu...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Bronze

Bamboo and Rope Floor Lamp
By Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Handmade bamboo and rope floor lamp. Perfect height for putting next to a sofa or even bedside. Simple and natural decoration with warm cosy light.
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Wood, Bamboo, Rope

  • Bamboo and Rope Floor Lamp
  • Bamboo and Rope Floor Lamp
  • Bamboo and Rope Floor Lamp
  • Bamboo and Rope Floor Lamp
H 47.25 in. W 7.88 in. D 13.78 in.
Vintage Tiki Style Rattan and Bamboo Table Lamps
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Pair of 1950's Tiki style table lamps feature a bamboo body and fiberglass parchment shades. The main shaft is adorned with small bamboo planters with plastic inserts, perfect for su...
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Mid-20th Century Organic Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo

Hollywood Regency Mid-Century Modern Faux Bamboo Ceramic Lamp in Green and White
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Monumental tall Hollywood Regency ceramic table lamp. This beautiful piece is in white or cream, with hand painted green bamboo detail at the sides. A deep brown wood base is affixed...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Cast Lotus Shape Bases Chrome Faux Bamboo Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
By Laurel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of cast lotus shape bases chrome faux bamboo Mid-Century Modern floor lamps torcheres.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Restored Mid-Century French Rattan Pole Lamp
Located in Van Nuys, CA
French rattan pole lamp featuring five decorative steam bent rattan poles centered around a brass post all fixed to a mahogany base, circa 1950. The lamp comes with original spun fi...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Italian 1960's Bamboo & Rattan Table Lamp
By Louis Sognot
Located in Southampton, NJ
Organic Chinoiserie style 1960's Italian steam bent bamboo table lamp with unusual hand woven grasscloth shade. Beautifully preserved for its time & generous in size at 34.5" H to th...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo

Vintage Coastal Elephant Bamboo Floor Lamp
Located in west palm beach, FL
Spectacular vintage Coastal floor lamp. One commanding stalk of elephant bamboo on a chic pine plinth. The height of classic Palm Beach. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century North American Floor Lamps

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Bamboo, Pine

Pair of Bamboo Motif Floor Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of brass faux bamboo floor lamps with bamboo shades and travertine details at base.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Travertine, Brass

Bamboo Cocoon Floor Lamp, France, 1950
Located in Munich, DE
Sculptural bamboo floor lamp with an inside linen shade for a very warm light in your living or bedroom.   
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Linen, Bamboo

French Mid-Century Modern Gilt Iron Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp by Maison Baguès 1940
By Maison Baguès
Located in New York, NY
Elegant French midcentury gilt iron faux bamboo standing lamp by Maison Baguès in the modern neoclassical spirit. The iron has been delicately hammered to produce the feeling of b...
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Wrought Iron

1970s Large Bamboo Palm Tree Lamp
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s large floor lamp representing a palm tree in bamboo-rattan dark brown. Lamp is composed of three lights how gives a very nice ambiance. Great vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bamboo, Rattan

  • 1970s Large Bamboo Palm Tree Lamp
  • 1970s Large Bamboo Palm Tree Lamp
  • 1970s Large Bamboo Palm Tree Lamp
  • 1970s Large Bamboo Palm Tree Lamp
H 78.75 in. Dm 39.38 in.
1950s Exotic Slanted Bamboo Stem Floor Lamp
Located in Las Vegas, NV
1950s West Indies artisan created true bamboo stem mounted on an ebonized wood base. A majestic 5" thick bamboo stem with several thick nodes and roots at base. Completely original...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bamboo

Louis Sognot, Natural Bamboo Floor Lamp, 1950s
By Louis Sognot
Located in Hastings, GB
Natural bamboo floor lamp by Louis Sognot France 1950's Hand crafted bamboo and rattan, shaped and curved into a fabulous organic shape Stylized twisted bamboo base 144cm height,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bamboo

  • Louis Sognot, Natural Bamboo Floor Lamp, 1950s
  • Louis Sognot, Natural Bamboo Floor Lamp, 1950s
  • Louis Sognot, Natural Bamboo Floor Lamp, 1950s
  • Louis Sognot, Natural Bamboo Floor Lamp, 1950s
H 56.7 in. W 14.97 in. D 10.63 in.
Pair of Bamboo Midcentury Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of bamboo midcentury table lamps with an open design on a round oak base.      
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Bamboo, Oak

Pair of Bamboo Midcentury Table Lamps
H 16 in. W 5.5 in. D 5.5 in.
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Mid Century Bamboo Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal mid century bamboo lamp for your home. Frequently made of metal, bamboo and brass, every mid century bamboo lamp was constructed with great care. There are 551 variations of the antique or vintage mid century bamboo lamp you’re looking for, while we also have 5 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect mid century bamboo lamp — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A mid century bamboo lamp is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Modern styles are sought with frequency. Isamu Noguchi, Ingo Maurer and Akari each produced at least one beautiful mid century bamboo lamp that is worth considering.

How Much is a Mid Century Bamboo Lamp?

Prices for a mid century bamboo lamp can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $1 and can go as high as $67,553, while the average can fetch as much as $2,334.

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 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.