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Vintage Mid-Century Modern French Brass Articulating Floor Lamp
Located in North York, ON
Vintage Mid-Century Modern French brass articulating floor lamp. Price includes complimentary curb side delivery to the continental USA.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Articulating Desk Lamp
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very chic midcentury articulating desk lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Professionally restored and rewired.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Bausch & Lomb Industrial Articulating Desk Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Bausch & Lomb industrial articulating desk lamp, Mid-Century Modern.
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Mid-20th Century American Table Lamps

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Metal

German Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Articulating 'Bauhaus' Desk Lamp
By Hillebrand
Located in New York, NY
German 'Bauhaus' desk lamp in solid brass designed in the 1930 period and attributed to Hillebrand. Stabile, practical and fully adjustable; the lamp stem and shade both articulate.
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Vintage 1930s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Bausch & Lomb Industrial Articulating Desk Lamp, Sconce Mid-Century Modern
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Buffalo, NY
Bausch & Lomb Industrial articulating desk lamp, sconce... Mid-Century Modern...Art Deco, great streamline design.
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Table Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Arc Lamp with Articulating Shade and Adjustable Height
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Italian style floor lamp with arc neck in chrome and polished brass with globe shade. The lamp is adjustable in two ways: the height is adjustable up and down whil...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Chrome

French Art Deco / Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Articulating Desk Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An exquisite, timeless French early midcentury desk or table lamp with modernist and Art Deco influences in solid brass and stabile, heavy weight that combines form and function. The...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair Italian Mid-Century Modern/ Space Age Articulating Floor Lamps by Reggiani
By Reggiani Lampadari
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian mid-century modern design standing lamps by Reggiani in chrome and white enameled steel reflecting a late 1960s influence of minimalism and space age design. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Brass Swing Arm Articulating Floor Lamp, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a wonderful, swing arm floor lamp, made of brass and with Lucite accents, with original finial, in the style of Karl Springer, circa the 1970s. In excellent...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

French Mid-Century Modern Articulating Floor Lamp Attributed to Jean Royere
By Jean Royère
Located in New York, NY
Elegant modernist floor lamp with dynamic cantilevered form and tripod legs with the base wrapped in alternating blue and yellow plastic rattan. Shown without shade. Height is ad...
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Vintage 1950s French Floor Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Perhsson Leather Chrome Articulate Desk Lamp Olympics Chalet Rustic
By Ateljé Lyktan, Jacques Adnet
Located in Washington, DC
Fully Functional, Complete. Two Standard Sockets, Three Light Settings. The Simris table lamp is designed by Anders Pehrson who took over the business of Ateljé Lyktan in 1964. (sc...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
By Stilux
Located in Hingham, MA
A 1950 Italian table lamp from Stilux Milano with Carrera marble base with switch and purple plexi dome reflector which can be playfully positioned from the articulating arm which ha...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
  • Stilux Articulating Table Lamp
H 19.5 in. Dm 14 in.
1950's Italian Articulating Desk Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Hingham, MA
1950's Italian articulating desk lamp made of hefty solid brass and enameled steel reflector. The articulation is controlled by turning the key on the brass ball swivel joint between...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Robert Sonneman Articulating Table Lamps
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Robert Sonneman articulating table lamps. Robert Sonneman's iconic eyeball lamps mounted to Steel bases having articulating movement to both the Eyeball shade diffusers and...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury brass articulating table lamp having a brass shade. Arm moves 180 degrees from front to back of base and can swing to the left side or right side 45 degrees. The shade hav...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Midcentury Brass Articulating Table Lamp
H 31 in. W 6.5 in. D 11 in.
Articulating Counterweight Arm Floor Lamp
By Beyond Gorgeosity
Located in Hingham, MA
Crafted entirely by hand by our own master metalsmith in our workshop/studio is this articulating floor lamp the design of which was inspired by elements of our favorite Italian ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Brass, Gold

Industrial Articulating Microscope Illumination Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, midcentury, cast metal, microscope illumination lamp by Spencer Lens Company, Buffalo New York. This lamp casts an adjustable focused light with removable blue tint lens....
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

Maison Lunel Articulating Brass Floor Lamp
By Lunel
Located in New York, NY
French midcentury articulating brass floor lamp diablo by Maison Lunel. Fully adjustable rotation in 360 degrees with height adjustment from 64 to 82. Paper diablo shades with light ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

1950 Maison Lunel Articulating Floor Lamp
By Lunel
Located in New York, NY
French Maison Lunel articulating floor lamp in brass. Articulating shade and shaft rotates 360, can achieve very dramatic angles in any direction forward, back, side to side. The sh...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Articulating Floor Lamp by Stilux Milano
By Stilux
Located in Hingham, MA
Stilux Milano 1950s floor lamp with distinctive leaning pole, long articulating arm with heavy duty solid brass elbow joint with a radius of over 180 degrees, allowing for some audac...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Pair of Stilux Articulating Floor Lamps
By Stilux
Located in Hingham, MA
Matched pair of floor lamps by Stilux Milano designed by Oscar Torlasco with red shades, black enameled metal stem, brass arms and mounts. Articulating stem and shade with a white ro...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass

  • Pair of Stilux Articulating Floor Lamps
  • Pair of Stilux Articulating Floor Lamps
  • Pair of Stilux Articulating Floor Lamps
  • Pair of Stilux Articulating Floor Lamps
H 60 in. W 10 in. D 36 in.
Stilux Milano Articulating Table Lamp, 1950s
By Stilux
Located in Naples, IT
1950s Italian table lamp from Stilux Milano with brass base with switch and green plexi dome reflector which can be playfully positioned from the articulating arm which has two adjus...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Plexiglass

Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This striking brass table lamp from Koch & Lowy features an adjustable shade offering 360 degree mobility and tilt function. Additionally the shade height is adjustable along the ste...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Brass Articulating Table Lamp
H 22.25 in. W 5.75 in. D 12 in.
Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
By Koch & Lowy
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a wonderful and original signed Koch & Lowy pivoting chromed desk lamp with tent shade diffuser. Single Edison socket.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
  • Koch & Lowy Chromed Articulating Desk Lamp
H 13 in. W 7.25 in. D 14 in.
Vintage Brass Koch & Lowy Articulating Task Lamp
By Kovacs
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage brass Kovacs articulating task lamp. Manner of Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

1960s Midcentury Articulate Brass Floor Lamp, France
Located in L'Escala, ES
Rare and beautiful 1960s midcentury articulate brass floor lamp manufactured in France. Very high quality. In very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Floor Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Chrome Articulating Orbit Sommeman Floor Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Midcentury articulating Sonneman chrime floor lamp Great orbit floor lamp Measures: 55.25 in H x 8 in x 11 in base.
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Mid-20th Century American Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Original C. Jere Vintage Articulating Crane Table Lamp
By Curtis Jere
Located in East Hampton, NY
1970s art and design at its best, the crane lamp by Curtis Jere. Fully adjustable sculptural lamp. Features multi-directional pivoting light fixture complete with movable barn-doors ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome, Metal, Wire

Swedish Mid-Century Modern Marine Articulating Clamp Light for Desk/Wall Sconce
Located in New York, NY
An elegant Scandinavian Modern brass desk or wall lamp from a Swedish luxury ship. This midcentury lamp articulates from three pivots. Elegant brass fittings. Will clamp to desk, wal...
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Vintage 1930s English Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Solid brass desk lamp made by Koch & Lowy Lamp Company, circa 1960s. Its design offers a pivoting shade and counter weighted dome shaped base with a dimmer switch. The 21" long ar...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
  • Italian Articulating Desk Lamp by Koch & Lowy
H 24 in. W 7.25 in. D 7.25 in.
Rare Pair of Articulating Arredoluce Table Lamps
By Arredoluce
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An exceptional pair of Arredoluce table lamps in polished stainless steel and travertine marble. Unusual to find a single. Impossible to come across a pair. These lamps are ingen...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Travertine, Steel

Scandinavian Modern Black Articulating Desk Lamp by Ledu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A vintage ledu adjustable desk lamp with black base, stem, and shade and chrome accents. A similar style to the Luxo L-1 lamp but with a weighted metal base. A classic design that st...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Elusive Gerald Thurston Lightolier Articulating Reading Lamp, 1950s
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern reading lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, elegant chalk white and brass finish, retains original aluminum diffuser, amazing original condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Koch & Lowy Articulating 3 Head Brass Floor Lamp, 1970s
By Koch & Lowy
Located in New York, NY
Koch & Lowy articulating 3 head brass floor lamp, 1970s. Cool lamp that matches any decor and brings a modern flare. As shown in photos Measures: Height 59 in. (149.86 cm) Width...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Articulating and Orbiting Table Lamp, USA Circa 1970
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Table / desk lamp comprises a blackened steel cube-shaped base that supports a circular frame of tubular, polished chrome plated metal and atomic shaped diffuser also in polished chr...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Articulating Desk Lamp by Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce
By Angelo Lelii, Arteluce
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern desk lamp designed by Angelo Lelli with gooseneck arms and a counter-weight and wire system attached to two chrome supports on a marble base. Made by Arredoluce ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Chrome, Steel

Vintage Koch & Lowy Brass Triple Ball Articulating Floor Lamp
By Kovacs
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage KOCH & LOWY brass triple ball articulating floor lamp. Manner of Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Rico & Rosemarie Baltensweiler Articulating Floor Lamp Model 600
By Rosemarie & Rico Baltensweiler
Located in Halle, DE
Design from 1950,Redesign 1960 by Rico Baltensweiler this is a very fine example of a high quality modernist articulating floor lamp which can be adjust in a lot of positions.   
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome, Aluminum, Iron, Steel

Unique Lucite Table Lamp with Articulating Glass Diffuser
Located in East Hampton, NY
Tall and architectural, this acrylic and glass wonderful lamp was designed for an installation during Basel Miami.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Articulating Desk Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Iconic desk lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, all original, no missing parts or dents, great patina on brass, minor flaking on weighted handle, please see photos. Work...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Robert Sonneman Articulating Floor Lamp with Black Shade, 1970s
By George Kovacs, Robert Sonneman
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Modern Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs reading floor lamp. Featuring a tubular chromed steel stem, arm, knob, and ball socket. With adjustable black enameled aluminum 8D shade and ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Chrome, Iron, Aluminum, Steel

Clay Michie for Knoll International Articulating No. 8 Table Lamp
By Knoll, Clay Michie
Located in Vienna, AT
Classic Clay Michie for Knoll International Articulating No. 8 table lamp designed in 1958. Featuring a Chrome swing arm, perforated black enamel shade with (7.5 D x 1.5 H) weighted ...
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Vintage 1920s German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Industrial Articulating Table Lamps Wall Sconces by Bausch & Lomb
By Bausch & Lomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, midcentury, articulating, cast zinc and spun steel, spotlight lamps by Bausch & Lomb can be used tabletop or as wall sconces. The lamps pivot 360 degrees and cast a white...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

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Steel, Zinc

Stilux Italian Articulating Floor Lamp with Green Plexi Shade, 1960s
By Stillux
Located in Brussels, BE
Stilux Italian articulating floor lamp with green plexi shade, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Black Articulating Midcentury Style Italian Desk Lamp or Wall Light
Located in New York, NY
Made in Italy this desk lamp has the look of the period versions at a fraction of the cost. The back of the base has a ring that gives you the option of hanging the light on the wall.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Iron

Italian Midcentury Brass Articulating and Counter-Balance Desk Lamp, Arredoluce
By Arredoluce, Angelo Lelii
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Italian Mid-Century Modern style desk or table lamp in the style of Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce composed of a round ball black marble base anchoring a solid brass articulatin...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Belgian Black Marble, Brass, Metal

Articulate Aluminum Desk Lamp by Schliephacke for Mewa, circa 1955
By Fridtjof Schliephacke
Located in Vienna, AT
Aluminum desk lamp by Schliephacke for Mewa, circa 1955. Elegant articulate table lamp with 21.25" in height and comprised entirely of aluminum. the condition is very good.
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Articulate Aluminum Floor Lamp by Schliephacke for Mewa, circa 1955
By Fridtjof Schliephacke
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare 76" geometrical floor light from aluminum and cast iron Articulate aluminum floor lamp by Schliephacke for Mewa, circa 1955. Elegant articulate floor light that be moved in all...
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Iron

Petite Danish Modern Articulating Table Lamp in Chrome and Metal
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive 1960s Danish modern table lamp composed of a chromed-metal stem, arm and adjustment clasp, and a circular, blue-grey painted metal base and shade. Features full shade and ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome, Metal

Modern Giant Brass Floor Lamp Luxo Articulating Architect's Drafting Light 1970s
By Luxo
Located in National City, CA
Huge vintage floor light drafting architect's articulating lamp by Luxo in brass. Brass articulating arm with with heavy base. An oversized Mid-Century Modern brass floor Lamp Draf...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Angelo Lelli Style Design Triennale Three-Arm Articulating Floor Lamp, 1960s
By Arredoluce, Angelo Lelii
Located in Miami, FL
Designed in the style of Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce, the iconic Triennale articulating arms floor lamp. Carrara marble base (stamped Made in Italy), nickel chrome, three cone shades...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Carrara Marble, Chrome

Gino Sarfatti Style Koch & Lowy Articulating Triple Shade Nickel Floor Lamp
By Koch & Lowy, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Italian Modern Gino Sarfatti Style Koch & Lowy attributed pivoting nickel floor lamp, c. 1970. Featuring a polished nickel stem, three adjustable black enamel and nickel-plate shades...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Metal, Nickel

1950s Articulating Desk Lamp by Gilbert Watrous for Heifetz Lighting Co
By Gilbert Watrous
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An articulating desk lamp with a cone shaped shade on a metal base and a magnetic ball connection to allow movement.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Black Enameled Metal Table Lamp with Articulating Shade, USA Circa 1940
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Table or desk lamp in black enameled metal with an ovoid shaped articulating shade, a tubular stem that connects the shade to the ball joint on the ovoid shaped base, allowing for ba...
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Mid-20th Century Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Walnut, Aluminum & Brass Articulating Floor Lamps by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern articulating floor lamps was realized by the great lighting designer Hans-Agne Jakobsson in Sweden, circa 1960. They feature curved rectangula...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Floor Lamps by Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, Chrome, Marble, Articulating
By Arredoluce, Angelo Lelii
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of Angelo Lelii / Lelli floor lamps for Arredoluce. Each with three lights that magnetically attach allowing the light sources to be articulated in almost any direction.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Marble, Steel, Chrome

Koch & Lowy Polished Chrome Articulating Desk Light
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modernist 1970s Koch & Lowy desk lamp in nickel/chrome finish. Articulates/pivots in several directions. Lamp has some cosmetic wear to finish consistent with age. Working cond...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Chrome 3 Hinged Articulating Industrial Task Light with Chrome Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage chrome 3 hinged articulating industrial task light with chrome base. Looks like a "pixar" light. Has underwriters laboratories Inc Issue no D-1721 sticker as well as Internat...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Table Lamps

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Chrome

Laurel Articulating Wall-Mounted Lamp
By Aegitna Vallauris
Located in New York, NY
A rare Laurel articulating wall-mounted lamp sconce. The dome shade rotates, rotation allowing for various directions of light up or down. The arm that holds the shade rotates 300% f...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

  • Laurel Articulating Wall-Mounted Lamp
  • Laurel Articulating Wall-Mounted Lamp
  • Laurel Articulating Wall-Mounted Lamp
  • Laurel Articulating Wall-Mounted Lamp
H 27 in. W 14 in. D 14 in.
Stilnovo Wall-Mounted Articulating Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Hingham, MA
Stilnovo wall-mounted lamp with long brass arm perpendicular to the wall and articulating dark green aluminium shade. Push button on-off switch on mounting plate. Rewired for USA wit...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

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Midcentury Articulating Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury articulating lamp you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each midcentury articulating lamp for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and aluminum. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury articulating lamp, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each midcentury articulating lamp bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made midcentury articulating lamp has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Chapman Manufacturing Company are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Articulating Lamp?

Prices for a midcentury articulating lamp start at $295 and top out at $5,800 with the average selling for $1,200.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the Right Lighting for You

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

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

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

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

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

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