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Mid-Century Modern Lamp by Mutual Sunset Lamp Company
By Mutual Sunset Lamp Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
A Mid-Century Modern lamp with round, black base and a zigzag chrome support and a chrome eye-ball
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lamps Set of 2
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern lamps set of 2. Dimensions: Approx 16 W; 30 H.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lamps Set of 2
Located in Seattle, WA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern lamps set of 2 Dimensions. Approx 4 1/2 W ; 26 H ; 4 1/2 D.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Large Mixed Color Lava Textured Mid-Century Modern Lamp
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Large Mixed Color (Turquoise, blue, white) Lava Textured Mid-Century Modern Lamp. Possible Fantoni
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

Materials

Pottery

Pair of Sculptural Walnut and Brass Mid-Century Modern Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of sculptural walnut and brass Mid-Century Modern lamps. American, circa 1960s. They have been
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Selection of Sculptural Mid Century Modern Lamps
By Bill Curry & Design Line
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Sculptural Mid Century Modern Lamps, circa 1960's. From left to right, they are: 1
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Nickel

Pair of Large Tesselated White Stone Mid-Century Modern Lamps, Italy circa 1975
By Maitland Smith
Located in Den Haag, NL
Pair of Large Tesselated White Stone Mid-Century Modern Lamps, Italy circa 1975
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Stone

Vintage Tomlinson Sophisticate Square Walnut Mid Century Modern Lamp Side Table
By Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth Furniture Company
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Tomlinson Sophisticate Square Walnut Mid Century Modern Lamp Side Table. Circa Mid 20th
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Walnut

Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An amusing lamp in the form of an extended 'squiggle' with matching finial, in carved, red stained
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Wood

Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Lamp
Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Lamp
H 35 in W 7.5 in D 5 in
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lamp
Located in Seattle, WA
Dimensions. 13 W ; 35 H.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Lamps Brass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large pair of solid brass lamps with an antique brass patina finish in the manner of Tommy
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Italian mid-century modern lamp Vacuna Eleonore Peduzzi Riva for Artemide, 1960s
By Artemide, Eleonore Peduzzi Riva
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern lamp Vacuna Eleonore Peduzzi Riva for Artemide, 1960s Round table lamp
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lamps
Located in South Salem, NY
Pair of 1960s Italian Lucite column side or table lamps with modern reflective shades. Made of
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Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lamps
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lamps
H 21.5 in W 8 in D 8 in
Mid-Century Modern Lamps in Orange Ceramic
Located in Dallas, TX
A very nice pair of Mid-Century Modern table lamps is a crackled ceramic. Bright orange. Pretty
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid Century /Modern Lamp Patinated steel ( Brancusi )
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very unique looking lamp . Basically a Geometric design !Custom designed and manufactured for an
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair of Lucite Mid-Century Modern Lamps
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of Lucite lamps each with three Lucite tapered prisms with angled tops on a Lucite base. The
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite

Beautiful Sargeri Ceramic Mid-Century Modern Lamp, 1950s, USA
By Sargeri
Located in Miami, FL
Great Sargeri ceramic lamp from the 1950s. Perfect for any mid-century modern decor.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Modern Lamp ( Bronze) Saw Tooth Shark bill
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A unique lamp contemporary bronze castling from an original Saw Tooth Shark nose bill . Finished in
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1990s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Mid-century modern lamp "Rubus", by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand
By Rörstrand, Gunnar Nylund
Located in Skarpnäck, SE
of mid-century modern pottery. Mentioning Lisa Larson, Stig Lindberg and Gunnar Nylund to name a few
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Lamp in Petrifies Wood by Ado Chale
By Ado Chale
Located in London, GB
This fine quality brass table lamp with one light, which directs a beam onto a large slab of
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Petrified Wood

Mid Century/Modern Lamp with 3 Lights Hi-Pol Nickel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Good size table lamp designed by an Interior designer in LA after Parzinger. Has tall risers and 4
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian mid-century modern lamp Handle De Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi Stilnovo, 1970s
By Gionathan de Pas & Donato D’Urbino & Paolo Lomazzi, Stilnovo
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern lamp Maniglia De Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi Stilnovo, 1970s Wall lamp mod
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Cari Zalloni "Zyklon" Mid-century Modern lamps for Steuler
By Carl Zalloni, Steuler
Located in New York, NY
Pair of designer Carl Zalloni “Zykion” lamps made by Steuler, Germany circa 1960’s. The lamps are
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair Large Sculptural Wooden Laurel Mid-Century Modern Lamp, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of gorgeous monumental wooden MCM Danish lamps by Laurel Lamp Company.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

1950s Ceramic Rare Beige Panther Cat T.V. Mid Century Modern Lamp
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A great-looking early 1950s Black Panther TV Lamp. This long table or tv lamp has the best high
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Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern lamp. The lamp has a solid walnut frame with linen and two gold acrylic panels
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Linen, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lamp
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lamp
H 39 in W 10 in D 10 in
Mid Century Modern Vintage Murano Art Glass Sommerso Table Lamp
Located in Sarasota, FL
Excellent mid century modern lamp with a Murano glass body. Nicely done Sommerso style vase.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Mid Century Modern Style White Spherical Lamp
Located in Seattle, WA
Petite Mid Century Modern Lamp. Fully Functional. Vintage Condition Consistent with Age
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Classic Mid Century Modern Lamp/end Table, Copenhagen collection by Lane
By Lane Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
A drop leaf side/ lamp table by Lane circa 1950s from the “Copenhagen” collection. Danish meets
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
For your consideration Mid-century Modern lamp, heavy solid wood, apparently pine, somewhat
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Gold Leaf

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp
H 20.48 in W 8.67 in D 13.78 in
Pair of Stiffel Mid Century Modern Brass Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Sculptural Mid Century Modern Lamps, by Stiffel, American, circa 1950s. They retain their
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Very Large Mid-Century Modern Cylindrical Butterfly Motife Table Lamp
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Mid-Century Modern lamp having a cylindrical shaped white etched glass base adorned with gold
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Floor Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A bent rod chrome design from the 1970s with a piveting/swivel head. This Mid-Century Modern lamp
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Blue Striped Pottery Table Lamp
Located in San Carlos, CA
Fabulous Mid-Century Modern lamp with a turquoise striped pottery base and long slender walnut neck
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut, Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Smoked Acrylic Paneled Lamps, a Pair
Located in Bradenton, FL
A pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps featuring a walnut and smoked acrylic-paneled body, with two (2
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Acrylic, Wood

Pair Mid-Century Modern French Table Lamps Copper Patina Original
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps from France, circa 1950. Fashioned out of wood, with copper
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Copper

Pair of Mid-Century Modern 1950s Metal and Metallic Glazed Porcelain Lamps
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Great Mid-Century Modern lamps. Metal and metallic porcelain lamps. Brushed gold metal with one
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Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Chrome Lamps by Laurel, circa 1960s
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of large scale Mid-Century Modern lamps with quatrefoil clover design. The four sided lamps
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Gino Sarfatti Mid-Century Modern Lamp Model 238/1 Black Mount by Astep
By Astep, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid-Century Modern Model 238/1 Lamp Design by Gino Sarfatti The single blown opaline glass sphere
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Handblown, Murano Glass, Amethyst Swirl Lamp
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous Mid-Century Modern lamp consist of Amethyst Murano glass with pearlescent swirls
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Nickel

Louis Poulsen LP Centrum XXL Pendant by Kurt Nørregaard Mid Century Modern Lamp
By Louis Poulsen, Kurt Nørregaard, Poul Henningsen
Located in Berlin, BE
Huge Pendant designed by Kurt Nørregaard in 1990, based on old sketches by Poul Henningsen. A wonderful and unique lightning. Max. 1000 Watt.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum

Mid century modern textured ceramic lamps in white.
Located in Boynton Beach, FL
Pair of Mid Century Modern lamps, white ceramic with a dramatic texture falling from the top
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite, Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome with Black Base Lamps
Located in Middleburg, VA
Bring the 1960s back (or just a touch) with this pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps from France. The
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Architectural Chrome 4 Light Chrome Table Lamp
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Mid-Century Modern architectural chrome 4 light chrome table lamp. Additional information
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Bamboo Hand Decorated Table Lamps
By John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nicely decorated pair of pottery ceramic Mid-Century Modern lamps.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Red Majolica Pottery Double Gourd Lamp, 1990s
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
, Pottery Color: Red Period: 1990s Styles: Mid-Century Modern Lamp Shade: Not Included Item Type
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery

Maison Baguès Bronze Floor Lamps Mid-Century Modern, Pair
By Maison Baguès
Located in Miami, FL
floor lamp French Mid-Century Modern Lamps made in the 1950. US rewired, working condition each Lamp
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Bronze

Mid Century Globe Old World Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Company Indianapolis, Indiana. This classic Mid-Century Modern lamp would be a wonderful addition to any
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Josef Pravec Modernist Cut Austrian Crystal Table Lamp
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
: Materials: crystal, giltwood. Color: gold. Brand: Lobmeyr. Period: 1950s. Styles: Art Deco, Mid-Century
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Pair of Acrylic and Chrome Lamps
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps made of ribbed amber acrylic with chrome bases.
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Late 20th Century Table Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Acrylic and Chrome Lamps
Pair of Acrylic and Chrome Lamps
H 29 in W 7.5 in D 7.5 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
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Tommi Parzinger Bronze and Marble Table Lamp
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Mid-Century Modern Tommi Parzinger bronze & marble table lamp. Additional information: Materials
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Mid Century Modern Octagonal Lucite Table Lamps - a Pair
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Illuminate with elegance using the Octagonal Lucite Table Lamps. A pair, these Mid Century Modern
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite

Danish Teak Table and Chrome Table Lamp
Located in Fraser, MI
Please message us for a cost effective shipping quote to your location. Mid-Century Modern lamp
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Pagoda Lamps in Distressed Verdigris Metal, 1960's
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps with Verdigris patina. Made of cast iron, the column lamps have
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Iron

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Hourglass Form Channel Lamps in Polished Chrome
Located in New York, NY
This exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps were realized in the United States, circa 1970
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp of Cut Clear and Frosted Glass, made in Sweden
Located in Atlanta, GA
Swedish Modern cylindrical table lamp. Lamp base is clear and made of frosted cut glass. Vintage
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Cut Glass

Lamps Table Pair Metal Gooseneck Adjustable Yellow Shades 1960 Mid-CenturyModern
By Stilnovo
Located in BUNGAY, SUFFOLK
- Striking pair of Mid-Century Modern lamps - In original condition - Stylish design inspired by
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian 1950s Chrome Floor Lamp with Frosted Glass, Marble Base by Stillux
By Stillux
Located in London, GB
circular marble base, by Stillux. Boasting elegant simplicity, this Mid-Century Modern lamp (both the
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Koch & Lowy Marble and Brass Lamp
By Koch & Lowy, Neal Small
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage 1970's Carrara marble and chrome table lamp by Neal Small for Koch & Lowy. This Mid-Century
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Carrara Marble, Chrome

Koch & Lowy Marble and Brass Lamp
Koch & Lowy Marble and Brass Lamp
H 11 in W 7.5 in D 4.5 in
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Mid Century Modern Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal mid century modern lamp for your home. Frequently made of metal, brass and glass, every mid century modern lamp was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a mid century modern lamp, we have 40073 options in-stock, while there are 1648 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century modern lamp — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century modern lamp, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made mid century modern lamp has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Stilnovo, Laurel Lamp Company and J.T. Kalmar are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Lamp?

The average selling price for a mid century modern lamp at 1stDibs is $1,938, while they’re typically $1 on the low end and $196,949 for the highest priced.

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 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.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s 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 pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using 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 influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture 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, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere 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. A wide range of antique and vintage lighting can be found on 1stDibs.

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 — there are Art Deco table lamps created in a universally appreciated style, the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of mid-century 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 for sale on 1stDibs.

Questions About Mid Century Modern Lamp
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 25, 2024
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern era correlates specifically to the years following World War II. These years in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Vintage mid-century modern furniture — including tables, chairs, desks and case pieces — are often organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple. 

    Postwar architects and designers in the United States were animated by new ideas and new technology during the era of mid-century modernism. Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century furniture designs manufactured by the likes of Knoll and Herman Miller

    Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

    Knoll became a chief influencer 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. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces soon became desirable for the home. Similarly, Michigan’s Herman Miller is best known for its iconic mid-century modern furniture, and while the company focused on the office, people loved its designs for their homes, too.

    Find vintage mid-century modern furniture for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most experts agree that mid-century modern correlates specifically to the years following World War II. It has grown in popularity in the decades since, particularly due to the media and cultural institutions that have promoted the truly innovative era of design. Not only did the MoMA promote modern furniture, but pieces are prominently visible on the set of very popular television shows such as Mad Men. Shop a wide and beautiful range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Yes, mid-century modern is timeless, in the opinion of many experts. Many characteristics of furniture and decorative accents produced in this style remain popular today. Among them are silhouettes marked by organic forms and clean lines, the promotion of functionality and the use of natural materials like teak, rosewood and oak and synthetic materials such as steel, fiberglass and molded plywood. On 1stDibs, shop a large collection of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, some rattan is mid-century modern. Designers of the mid-century modern movement often preferred to use natural materials, including rattan, in their designs. However, not all rattan furniture was made during this period. Rattan was also a popular material for furniture produced during the Victorian era and continues to be used to produce furniture today. Shop a wide range of rattan furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the tulip table is considered a mid-century modern design. This table shape has become an iconic statement of the era with a simple sculptural attitude and a practical nature. The first tulip table was created by Eero Saarinen, a noted Finnish designer who was a leader in mid-century modern home decor. Shop a collection of Saarinen furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 15, 2019

    Art Deco is not mid-century modern. Art Deco began just before World War I and was inspired by cubism. Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality.

  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century modern furniture combines sleek lines with organic shapes.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Wassily chairs are indeed considered mid-century modern. Although the chair was initially designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, it was re-released in the 1960s. Shop a collection of mid-century modern goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    There is no single color wood that is mid-century modern. Designers working in the style employed a variety of finishes, though purplish reds, mid-yellows, light browns and medium dark browns were among the most commonly used. Teak wood was an especially popular material, not only due to its warm medium hue but also due to its strength and the beauty of its natural grain. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Mid-century modern furniture is so popular largely because its characteristics align well with the trends and tastes that are dominant today. Many people love its simple look defined by clean lines, and the use of natural materials also adds to its popularity. In addition, designers created mid-century modern furniture to be as functional as it is visually appealing, making pieces executed in the style simple, convenient and comfortable to use. Find a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    There is not a single year that is mid-century modern. The style emerged during the 1940s and 1950s and remained dominant through the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Some notable designers who contributed to the development of the mid-century modern style include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and George Nelson. Shop a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century home decor is characterized by clean lines, geometric shapes and materials like wood and tweed.

  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Some iconic chairs from the mid-century modern era include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobson, the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames and the Womb chair by Eero Saarinen. With their clean lines, organic shapes and simple details, these chairs reflect some of the key features of the style. Shop a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Some of the most famous mid-century modern furniture designers were Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Evans, Poul Kjærholm, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, Giò Ponti, Hans Wegner, Charlotte Perriand, Sergio Rodrigues and Eero Saarinen.