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Three Assorted Midcentury Cork Lamps Of Various Size And Form.
Located in Buchanan, MI
Three assorted midcentury cork lamps of various size and form. Priced per lamp. Heights range in 18" - 28" to top of socket, with is 10 wide to 16" wide.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork, Wood

Laurel Mid-Century Cork and Brass Teardrop Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large Mid-Century Modern cork teardrop table lamp from Laurel featuring heavy solid brass castings at the top and base. In very good working condition with virtually no signs of we...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Cork Lamps
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous pair of vintage modern cork lamps featuring chrome base and top, no shade included. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork

  • Mid-Century Modern Cork Lamps
  • Mid-Century Modern Cork Lamps
  • Mid-Century Modern Cork Lamps
  • Mid-Century Modern Cork Lamps
H 27 in. W 12 in. D 12 in.
Mid-Century Cork Table Lamp
Located in Denver, CO
A handsome vintage Mid-Century table lamp in cork and antique copper tone brushed metal.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Cork Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Cork Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Cork Table Lamp
  • Mid-Century Cork Table Lamp
H 22 in. Dm 10 in.
Mid-Century Modern Mixed Metal Cork Lamp by Mutual Sunset
By Mutual Sunset Lamp Co.
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Mutual Sunset Lamp Co. Square cork wrapped base features a brass and chrome cityscape design in the style of Paul Evans. Original Mutual Sunset Labe...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

Tall Elegant Mid-Century Cork Floor Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We have over 3000 antique sconces and over 1000 antique lights, if you need a specific pair of sconces or lights use the “Contact Dealer” button to ask us, we might have it in our st...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Fabric, Cork

Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid century cork desk lamp with white glass globe. Glass globe simply rests on cork base. Cork base measures 5” x 5” x 5”.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass, Cork

  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
  • Mid Century Cork and Glass Globe Lamp
H 12.5 in. W 7.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Mid Century Stacked Chrome and Cork Lamps - a Pair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid century modern chrome and cork stacked lamps. Cylinder form. Harps included. Shades NOT included. Measured from base of lamp to top of harp.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Walnut and Cork Mid Century Sculptural Table Lamp
Located in Countryside, IL
Walnut and cork mid century sculptural table lamp This lamp measures: 8.5 wide x 8.5 deep x 39.5 inches high and weighs 5.6 pounds Great vintage condition We take our photos...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut, Cork

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Mounted Cork Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
1960s Mid-Century Space Age cork and chrome table lamp. Measure: 8.25" diameter at the base. Shade not included.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Chrome and Cork Table Lamps, Pair
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid Century chrome and cork table lamps - Pair Each lamp measures: 15.25 wide x 15.25 deep x 37.5 inches high These lamps are in excellent vintage condition We take our phot...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Mid Century Chrome and Cork Table Lamps, Pair
  • Mid Century Chrome and Cork Table Lamps, Pair
  • Mid Century Chrome and Cork Table Lamps, Pair
  • Mid Century Chrome and Cork Table Lamps, Pair
H 37.5 in. W 15.25 in. D 15.25 in.
Mid Century Pair of Italian Table Lamps with Natural Cork
Located in Firenze, IT
Pair of Italian table lamps in natural cork with dark lacquered metal base, in the shape of a pot-bellied bottle. The collar at the top is made of wood. Italian production of the ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Plexi with Cork Table Lamps
By Chromalite
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of late 1960s-early 1970s lamps. Original shades with plexi and cork that match the base. Base of lamp also lights up along with a three-way switch for the upper portio...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair of American Mid-Century Cork and Chrome Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American Mid-Century bulbous shaped cork table lamps with a chrome base and trim (PRICED AS Pair).
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Stacked Cork with Chrome Table Lamps
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of mid century lamps with graduated cork that are stacked between chrome joints. In excellent vintage condition. Pair is 36 in height to the top of the shade,...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Cork Floor Lamp
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A monumental cork floor lamp with brass stem and cork pulls. Vintage shade included. Some environmental photographs in this listing courtesy of Thomas Loof and House Beautiful. Fr...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Cork Floor Lamp
  • Cork Floor Lamp
  • Cork Floor Lamp
  • Cork Floor Lamp
H 65 in. Dm 11 in.
Mid-Century Modern Tall Brass and Cork Table Lamp by Underwriters Labs
By Underwriters Laboratories
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a funky vintage Mid-Century Modern lamp by Underwriters Laboratories. Has a funky base made of brass, cork, and wood trim with brass accents. It is in good, working condit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass and Cork Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and graphic pair of table lamps were realized in the United States, circa 1960. They feature two square forms in cork finished in a burnt umber brown separated by hourg...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Ceramic Table Lamp by Aldo Londi with Cork Lampshade, 1960
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous tall table lamp handmade of big and heavy ceramic base in dark anthracite - brown color. Designed by Aldo Londi and produced by Bitossi of Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy, in t...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Pottery, Cork

Mid Century Modern Table Lamps Cork Shade, Brass and Cane Base, Italy, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern table lamps Corc shade, brass and cane base, Italy, 1970s. A rare set of 2 large Italian Table lamps from the 70s in high qualitiy and in good vintage condition. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

1960s Sculptural Walnut and Cork Table Desk Lamp Brass Base Mid-Century Modern
By Laurel
Located in National City, CA
Table lamp 1960s sculptural cork and walnut table desk lamp brass base Mid-Century Modern 14.5 to socket x 20 to tip for finial x 5 diameter Table lamp, brass plated steel, cork a...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Tall Cork Lamps
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern cork lamps with original shades and decorative colored ceramics. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork

  • Pair of Tall Cork Lamps
  • Pair of Tall Cork Lamps
  • Pair of Tall Cork Lamps
  • Pair of Tall Cork Lamps
H 42 in. Dm 16 in.
Pair of Cork Table Lamps
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This striking pair of cork table lamps is full of character and sure to be a unique addition to any living room, office, or business. Bases made from a combination of cork and wood a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork

  • Pair of Cork Table Lamps
  • Pair of Cork Table Lamps
  • Pair of Cork Table Lamps
  • Pair of Cork Table Lamps
H 45 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Milo Baughman Style Cork Table Lamp
By Milo Baughman
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Milo Baughman style cork table lamp, circa 1950, with chromed steel stem and cork pulls. This 14.5" tall lamp (measured from base to the top of the wood above the cork body) features...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Milo Baughman Style Cork Table Lamp
  • Milo Baughman Style Cork Table Lamp
  • Milo Baughman Style Cork Table Lamp
  • Milo Baughman Style Cork Table Lamp
H 14.5 in. W 9.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Bottle Form Cork and Wood Table Lamp
By Milo Baughman
Located in New York, NY
Bottle form cork and wood table lamp in good original working condition. Shade not included. Measures: Height to top of socket 25".
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut, Cork

Monumental Brass and Cork Lamps--1970s USA
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful Genie in the bottle style Cork and Brass lamps--1970s USA
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Table Lamp in Cork and Brass, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Table lamp with a particular base in cork and brass, made in Italy, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Danish Modern Cork and Teak Table Lamp, 1960s
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Miami, FL
This table lamp has a core made out of dark cork tapered with a teak neck and is mounted on a metal base. It is in working condition and has a dimmer function. Harp is included but...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Swedish, Large Table Lamp, Stained Pine, Cork, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A very large table lamp designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s. In solid stained pine. Stained cork. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade, height includes socket. Sold without lampsh...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pine, Cork

Cork & Chrome "B-170" Table Lamp by Bergboms, Sweden, 1970s
By Bergboms
Located in Barcelona, ES
Rare, clean and amusing design by Bergboms. Model name B-170. The shade made out of natural cork gives a very warm light when lit, and when shut off the cork shows its own attractive...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Cork & Chrome "B-170" Table Lamp by Bergboms, Sweden, 1970s
  • Cork & Chrome "B-170" Table Lamp by Bergboms, Sweden, 1970s
  • Cork & Chrome "B-170" Table Lamp by Bergboms, Sweden, 1970s
  • Cork & Chrome "B-170" Table Lamp by Bergboms, Sweden, 1970s
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Pair of Mirror Chrome Cork Lamps
Located in Westport, CT
Mirrored chrome, circa 1960. Cork Mid-Century low wide lamps.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen 'Attributed' Floor Lamp, Metal, Cork, Denmark 1950s
By Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An modernist floor lamp, design attributed to Svend Aage Holm Sørensen, Denmark, 1950s. With lacquered metal base, stem wrapped in cork. Brand new high-end lampshade. Other design...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Midcentury Willy Rizzo Style Brass and Cork Table Lamp, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Roma, IT
Incredible Willy Rizzo style mid-century brass and cork table lamp. This fantastic table lamp was made in Italy in the 1970s and is in original vintage condition. This item is per...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Laurel Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of monumental laurel table lamps with cork and brushed aluminum.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

  • Pair of Laurel Lamps
  • Pair of Laurel Lamps
  • Pair of Laurel Lamps
  • Pair of Laurel Lamps
H 43 in. Dm 10.88 in.
1970s Mid-Century Modern Walnut Italian Table Lamp
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Stylish table lamp, it has been made in Italy in the Seventies, the original lampshade is in cork and brass. It works 110-240 volts and needs a regular e27 bulb. height of the lamp b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut, Cork

Mid Century Iron Lamp with Wicker Shade
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1950's Italian iron lamp with cork feet and woven wicker shade. Measurements: Height: 41.75" Diameter: 12.75".
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Vintage 1950s Italian Floor Lamps

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Iron

1970s Table Lamp in Polished Chrome and Cork in a Domino Piece Pattern
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish table lamp dates to the 1970s and is fabricated in cork and polished chrome in a "domino" pattern.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Glass Cube Light with Cork Bottom
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Unique glass cube light with cork bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Cork

  • Glass Cube Light with Cork Bottom
  • Glass Cube Light with Cork Bottom
  • Glass Cube Light with Cork Bottom
  • Glass Cube Light with Cork Bottom
H 12.75 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Brass Tile and Cork Paul Evans Cityscape Style 1970s Organic Modern Table Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful brass tile and Cork Paul Evans Cityscape style 1970s Organic modern table lamp with a slim profile. Random brass tiles interspersed by Cork Tiles over a plinth form. Sleek ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Lynard of California Cork Crackled Glass Walnut Atomic Era Modern Egg Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rare "Egg" table lamp by Lynard of California and Septor. This Mid-Century Modern table lamp features a sculpted cork base, solid walnut accents, black sculpted acrylic "fingers" and...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic, Art Glass, Walnut

Halsey Table Lamp by VOLK
By VOLK 3
Located in Brooklyn, NY
As shown: Solid ash and walnut with cork hung porcelain shade and brass cord stay.. Bleached or oil finish. Dimensions: 20” H x 8” W x 12” D Shade offered in white, graphite and came...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Porcelain, Hardwood, Cork

  • Halsey Table Lamp by VOLK
  • Halsey Table Lamp by VOLK
  • Halsey Table Lamp by VOLK
  • Halsey Table Lamp by VOLK
H 20 in. W 8 in. D 12 in.
Svend Aage Holm Sørensen, Floor Lamp, Metal, Brass, Rattan, Denmark 1950s
By Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable three-armed floor lamp, designed and produced by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen, Denmark, 1950s. With black lacquered metal, brass, assorted vintage rattan lampshades. Oth...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Albano Poli for Poliarte Italian Midcentury Lamp
By Poliarte, Albano Poli
Located in bari, IT
Beautiful table lamp from the 1970s Italian design by Albano Poli for Poliarte.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Iron

Large 1960s Italian Purple Murano Glass Table or Floor Lamp
By Murano 5
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
An impressive purple Murano bubble glass vase has been transformed to a lamp base This Italian 60's lamp can be used as large table lamp or small floor lamp The lamp is prefera...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass, Cork

Restored Pair of Vintage Smoked Glass and Chrome Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stellar pair of vintage modern lamps, circa 1970. Fluted smoked glass with chrome and black lacquer accents. Fabulous cork shades add warmth and texture. Exquisite jewelry! Excelle...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome, Nickel

Cork and Walnut Hanging Lamp
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A well scaled and unusual hanging pendant lamp having sculptural cork ends capped with turned wood finials and a central fabric wrapped hexagonal shade.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Cork, Wood

  • Cork and Walnut Hanging Lamp
  • Cork and Walnut Hanging Lamp
  • Cork and Walnut Hanging Lamp
  • Cork and Walnut Hanging Lamp
H 46 in. W 13 in. D 13 in.
Rare Set of Two Pendant Lamps Zanotl in Cork by Wilhelm Zannoth for Ingo Maurer
By Wilhelm Zannoth, Ingo Maurer, M Design
Located in Münster, DE
Unique worldwide set of two very rare Cork pendant lamps by Wilhelm Zannoth for M Design (Ingo Maurer). Both Pendants are in original condition with light-brown laquered metal inner...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Leather, Cork

Mid-Century Modern Organic Cork Walnut and Brass Table Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Carved walnut with cork inlays and open space revealing a center brass rod. This Mid-Century Modern beauty exemplifies the organic trends of the later 1960s into the 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Danish Cork Lamp
Located in Glendale, CA
Cork lamp. Comes with original shade. Total measures with shade 11x23.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork, Wood

Cork and Chrome Table Lamp
Located in Miami, FL
Fabulously retro, this chrome table lamp has a unique cork veneer over its lower half. Give a side table a Mad Men look in an instant with this lamp.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Cork and Chrome Table Lamp
  • Cork and Chrome Table Lamp
  • Cork and Chrome Table Lamp
  • Cork and Chrome Table Lamp
H 24 in. Dm 11 in.
Large Holm Sørensen Cork Table Lamp
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Large Holm Sørensen cork table lamp Measures: Shade Ø 42 cm Shade height 40 cm.   
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of Large Chrome and Cork Table Lamps
Located in Heathfield, East Sussex
An attractive large pair of chrome and cork table lamps. The oval shades sit above a nickel light fitting and the chrome "Circus Top" shaped caps. The cylindrical deep corked body st...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome, Nickel

  • Pair of Large Chrome and Cork Table Lamps
  • Pair of Large Chrome and Cork Table Lamps
  • Pair of Large Chrome and Cork Table Lamps
  • Pair of Large Chrome and Cork Table Lamps
H 25.6 in. W 17.72 in. D 13.78 in.
Paul Evans Style Cork and Chrome Table Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in 3 Oaks, MI
Great cityscape style Paul Evans cork and chrome 1970s table lamp. Sold without the shade, in excellent all original condition.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Square Column Table Lamp in Cork and Brass, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Square columnar base wrapped in cork, accented with brass trim and neck. American made, from the 1970s. Does not come with shade or harp seen in images. Body of lamp only.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Cork and Brass Table Lamp in the Manner of Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in London, GB
Table lamp in two-tone diagonal layered cork and brass base, minimal midcentury design in the manner of Paul Evans (shade is only for display purposes).
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of 1970s Metal Urn Form Table Lamps with Original Cork Shades
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of 1970s metal urn form table lamps with original cork shades, the baluster-form bodies cast with horizontal geometric bands to the shoulders, with rings to the sides. Fitted on...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Pine Table Lamps with Veenered Shades, Set of 2
Located in Alvesta, SE
Very rare and spectacular pair of table lights in pine wood by unknown maker. Thin veener in the lamp shade. The foot base have cork and 9inlays. In the Top is a plexiglass cover w...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic, Cork, Pine

One Pair Mid Century Cork Lamps
Located in Buchanan, MI
One Pair Mid Century Cork Lamps
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Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

Materials

Cork, Walnut

Fun Mid Century Cork Lamp With Woven Shade
Located in Buchanan, MI
Mid Century Cork Lamp With Woven Shade
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Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

Materials

Cork

Pair of Chic Mid-Century Cork Lamps
Located in Pasadena, CA
This pair of Mid-Century cork lamps features an elegant bulb shape in cork with a wooden top and base. The cork patina is unusual and looks almost like ceramic. It's hard and dark.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Cork, Wood

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Mid Century Cork Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of mid century cork lamps for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique mid century cork lamps was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, cork and metal. Mid century cork lamps have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of mid century cork lamps to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian Modern mid century cork lamps are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made mid century cork lamps over the years, but those made by Ingo Maurer, Laurel Lamp Company and Wilhelm Zannoth are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Mid Century Cork Lamps?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $1,200, while they’re typically $125 on the low end and $6,475 highest priced.

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 Table Lamps for You

Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. A well-crafted antique or vintage table lamp does more than provide light; the right fixture-and-table combination can add a focal point or creative element to any interior.

Proper table lamps have long been used for lighting our most intimate spaces. In the years before electricity, lamps used oil. Today, a rewired 19th-century vintage lamp can still provide a touch of elegance for a study.

After industrial milestones such as mass production took hold in the Victorian era, various design movements sought to bring craftsmanship and innovation back to this indispensable household item. Lighting designers during the Art Deco movement, originating in the glamorous roaring ’20s, sought to celebrate modern life by fusing modern metals with dark woods and dazzling colors in the fixtures of the era. The geometric shapes and gilded details of an Art Deco table lamp provide an air of luxury and sophistication that never goes out of style.

Some mid-century modern table lamps, particularly those created by the likes of Joe Colombo and the legendary lighting artisans at Fontana Arte, bear all the provocative hallmarks associated with Space Age design. Sculptural and versatile, the Louis Poulsen table lamps of that period were revolutionary for their time and still seem innovative today.

If you are looking for something more contemporary, industrial table lamps are demonstrative of a newly chic style that isn’t afraid to pay homage to the past. They look particularly at home in any rustic loft space amid exposed brick and steel beams.

Before you buy a desk lamp or table lamp for your living room, consider your lighting needs. The Snoopy lamp, designed in 1967, or any other “banker’s lamp” (shorthand for the Emeralite desk lamps patented by H.G. McFaddin and Company), provides light at a downward angle that is perfect for writing, while the Fontana table lamp and the beloved Grasshopper lamp by Greta Magnusson-Grossman each yield a soft and even glow. Some table lamps require lampshades to be bought separately.

Whether it’s a classic antique Tiffany table lamp or even a bold avant-garde fixture custom-made by a contemporary design firm, the right table lamp can completely transform a room. Find the right one for you on 1stDibs.