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Italian Brass Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An incredible accent lamp that has a unique presence. It can sit in a variety of positions allowing the light source to point in almost any direction.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Butterflies
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with flying butterflies in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960s Germany Cosack Sputnik Flush Mount Light
By Cosack Leuchten
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Large sunburst sputnik flush mount light with twelve chromed arms designed by Cosack Bros. A real eye-catcher even unlit. We recommend the use silver headed mirror light bulbs for th...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Blue Flowers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half Sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with large blue flowers in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Modernist Adjustable Metal Sputnik Wall Light Kaiser Leuchten, 1960s, Germany
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: wall light Producer: Kaiser Leuchten, Germany Origin: Germany Age: 1960s This vintage wall light was made by German premium light pro...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Impressive Emil Stejnar Brass and Glass Sputnik Snowball Chandelier
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Vienna, AT
Emil Stejnar snowball chandelier form 1960s, brass construction and gold colored socket covers accented with crystal flowers and beads. Eight E14 sockets.  
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Black and Brass Sputnik Table Lamp, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This midcentury table lamp was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It has got an adjustable black lacquered lampshade and a brass goose neck lamp arm. The lamp has been rewired a...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Flower Sputnik Chandelier by Emile Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s Sputnik chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria. Made of brass and hand-cut-glass crystals. It has 17 sockets for E14 bulbs ,in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Modernist 1970s Sputnik Chromed Table Light by Honsel Lights Attributed, Germany
By Honsel
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Sputnik table light Producer: Honsel Lights, Germany attrib. Origin: Germany Age: 1970s This 1970s table light was made by Honsel Light...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Stunning Kaiser Radial Sputnik Opal Glass Globes Chandelier, Germany, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning radial Sputnik chandelier with six opal glass globes by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, 1960s. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Opal, Brass

Dandelion Sputnik Chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1950s
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant snowball chandelier with enamel sputnik elements and crystal finals on a brass frame. Chandelier illuminates beautiful and gives a lot of light. Gem of the time. Designed by ...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Midcentury Brass Sputnik Model Chandelier, Italian Style, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Italia
Sputnik model chandelier with brass structure made of painted aluminum parts. Twelve lights. In good condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Midcentury Sputnik Chandelier, Baloton Gold Rods, Alberto Dona, 1990s, Camer
By Alberto Donà, Camer Glass
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Teardrop shaped glass elements with Baloton finish and pure gold leaf. The mix of lens effect made by the bubbles and warm mirror reflection made by the gold speckling creates a be...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Midcentury Sputnik Spike Chandelier, Clear Prismatic Elements, Murano
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Imposing Sputnik chandelier with spike prismatic shaped glass elements hold by a brushed brass rod. Murano glass pyramid in clear. Glass is shaped first on the bronzino and then pr...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Set of Midcentury Sputnik Chandelier & Wall Lamps by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 1960s
By AB Markaryd, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Munich, DE
Set of elegant Mid-Century Modern chandelier and wall lamps. Designed probably by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden in 1960s. Executed in massive brass. The chandelier needs ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Gorgeous Midcentury Sputnik Brass Chandelier Glass Shades Vintage German, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Very decorative and beautiful chandelier made of brass, fitted with six E27 sockets with cone-shaped glass shades of striped etched glass. Made in Germany in the 1950s. The Fixture r...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Kaiser Sputnik Chandelier with 12 Glass Globes, Germany, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant atomic chandelier with twelve white opal glass balls on a white metal frame. Manufactured by Kaiser Lighting, Germany in the 1960s. Model: Atomic, Sputnik. Style: Mid Cent...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Pair of Emil Stejnar Sputnik Chandeliers, Brass Crystal Glass, 1950s
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Austria, AT
A pair of (a set of two) outstanding 1950s Viennese Sputnik / blowball / snowball chandeliers / pendant lights by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria. Original vintage pi...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Crystal Prism Sputnik Chandeliers
By Mazzega
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Sputnik chandelier surrounding 30 crystal glass 'triedri' prisms radiating from a centre black metal nucleus. Brass lamp holder. Period: late 20th century. Dimensions: 47.25 inches...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

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H 47.25 in. Dm 29.53 in.
Grand Sputnik Flush Ceiling Chandelier
By Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
A large Italian flush light in the style of Arredoluce Monza. Twenty-one light sources.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Exceptional Huge Atomic or Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge Murano glass, metal and brass chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and they are real eyecatchers in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Brass

Monumental Brass Sputnik or Urchin Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Very huge brass Sputnik or Urchin chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and is a real eyecatcher in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condition. 12 x E14 bu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1 of 2 Huge Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge mother of pearl colored Murano glass and brass Sputnik chandeliers. The chandeliers have a very impressing size and there are real eyecatchers in every room. The cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandeliers by Emil Stejnar
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and beautiful thirty-three-light "Snowball" chandeliers designed 1955 by Emil Stejnar for the Vienna Cafe "Ohne Pause Espresso" at Graben. "Der Graben" is one of the most famous...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Set of 3 "Sputnik Era" Wall Hooks String Style, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s set of 3 wall coat or clothes hooks. Nice addition to your room, entry hall or just for your collection of Design items. Made of metal and brass. Found at an esta...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

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Metal, Brass

Large Chrome Space Age Sputnik Chandelier by Cosack, Germany, 1970s
By Cosack Leuchten
Located in Aachen, DE
Exclusive silver Sputnik pendant lamp designed by Cosack during the 1970s. Sockets: It needs 21 x E14 small bulb and function on voltage from 110 till 240 volts. Dimensions: Di...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Rare Large Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandeliers by Emil Stejnar
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and beautiful thirty-three-light "Snowball" chandeliers designed 1955 by Emil Stejnar for the Vienna Cafe "Ohne Pause Espresso" at Graben. "Der Graben" is one of the most famous...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Spectacular Sputnik Chandelier with Snow Glass Balls, Doria, Germany, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, DE
Rare spectacular Sputnik flush mount with glass snowballs designed by Doria, Germany, 1970s Stunning shape and great light effect. All glass balls are in good condition. It needs ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

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

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Brass

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

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Brass

Golden Sputnik Wall Sconce Glass & Brass by Motoko Ishii, Staff, Germany, 1970s
By Motoko Ishii, Staff Leuchten
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant golden brass and mirrored glass Sputnik wall light. The gold mirrored glass globes are screw mounted to the base. Designed by Motoko Ishii for Staff Lighting, Germany in the ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Blown Glass

Large Wall Sconce Murano Flowers & Chrome Sputnik Venini for VeArt Italy 1960s
By Paolo Venini, VeArt
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Large Murano glass wall sconce by Paolo Venini for VeArt, Italy with 15 clear glass flowers on a Sputnik chrome frame. Amazing eye-catching pieces designed in the 1960s, Italy. Meas...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

1970s Sciolari 'Sputnik' Brass Chandelier
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Wien, AT
Beautiful Italian Sputnik ceiling lamp. Nine bulbs (E14 sockets), ten arms. Rare variant in solid brass (burnished). Very good original condition. Measures: Diameter 48 cm, ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Mid-Century Modern chrome Sputnik chandelier with 36 silver tipped bulbs. Height without chain 27 inches.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Mid Century Modern chrome Sputnik chandelier. Any amount of chain can be added for custom hanging length. Height without chain 18 inches .
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Sputnik Flush Mount Chandelier
Located in Fairfax, VA
A fabulous pair of Mid-Century eight-light flush mount wheat design chandeliers.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

Materials

Bronze, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Redding, CT
Mid-Century Modern chrome and glass chandelier. Atomic Sputnik style six arm light most likely by Lightolier. Space Age 1960's style.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Glass Flower Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Sputnik chandelier with stylized glass flower elements on a brushed nickel frame. Rewired for use in the USA. Currently a pair is available.
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20th Century Austrian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik Pendant Light
Located in Kingston, NY
This unique Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik pendant light features an orbital form with six circular frosted glass shades descending from fabric-coated cables on an aluminum frame.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Large Sputnik Ceiling Lamp, 3 Available
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Large Sputnik Ceiling Lamp, 3 Available
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Floor Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern chrome sputnik floor lamp Floor lamp has lightly smoked glass globes Lamp is newly re-wired.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Houston, TX
Italian mid-century brass sputnik chandelier. Our 16 arm Italian polished brass sputnik chandelier has been newly wired to u.S. Standards with american sockets and extra lead wire an...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Style Sputnik Flush Mount
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Sputnik flush mount light in brass, with glass ball elements. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik by Richard Essig
By Richard Essig
Located in Kingston, NY
This exceptional Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik was designed by Richard Essig. It features a chrome-plated frame with 18 stylized crystal globes. Made in Germany, circa 1965.
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Table Lamp, 1950s
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very cool midcentury Sputnik atomic table lamp in brass and metal, rewired, shade not included.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Superb 1970s Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Kingston, NY
This superb 1970s Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik chandelier features an heart shape form design on a chrome frame with (12) opal glass globes. Made in Germany, circa 1970 Measur...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

Classic Original Vintage 24 Arm Brass Sputnik Pendant Chandelier, Mid Century
Located in Buffalo, NY
Original vintage. 24 arm brass Sputnik pendant chandelier,,mid century modern,, excellent condition, Classic mid century modernist design, amazing quality.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Large Mid-Century Sputnik Chandelier with Flower Insets
Located in New York, NY
A circa 1960s Italian Mid-Century Sputnik chandelier with handblown clear glass calla lilies. Measurements: Minimum drop 51", diameter 50".
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Unique Mid-Century Modernist Spider Form Sputnik
Located in Kingston, NY
This unique Mid-Century Modernist sputnik features a sculptural spider form design on a brass frame with accents in salmon, pearl, mint encased over the (36) lights. It has been newl...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Mid-Century Modern Sputnik chandelier is in good condition, is made out of steel features arms, and is fully restored. This lighting fixture has a sleek modern design, is wired ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Steel

1970s Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in Wichita, KS
This superb 1970s Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik table lamp features an atomic form design on a chrome frame that holds six standard base globe bulbs each. 8" long retro bulbs include...
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20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Incredible Mid-Century Modern Italian Sputnik Chandelier
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Beautiful Italian Mid Century Sputnik chandelier, having numerous individually multicolor glass suspended on rods. Height can be adjusted. Perfect for any room in your house. From th...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Style Sputnik Brass Disc Chandelier
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-century style Sputnik brass disc chandelier. A gorgeous fully made of brass Italian Sputnik chandelier, with 16 lights. It makes a warm and cozy light due to the light reflect...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandelier Offered for sale is a Mid-Century Modern brass and glass globe six-light Sputnik style chandelier. The frosted white globes are...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

1970s Mid-Century Modernist Atomic Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Kingston, NY
This superb 1970s Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik chandelier features an atomic form design on a chrome frame with (12) opal glass globes. Made in Germany, circa 1970
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier Offered for sale is a chrome sputnik chandelier which is shown with large chrome tipped bulbs. The look of this fixture can be changed b...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modernist Spider Sputnik Stilnovo Style Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Kingston, NY
This Mid-Century Modernist spider Sputnik chandelier in the style of Stilnovo and it features a 20 arms polished brass frame. The chandelier is in excellent original condition. Made...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Enamel

Luxe Mid-Century Modernist Sputnik Chandelier Attributed to Doria
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Kingston, NY
This luxe Mid-Century modernist Sputnik chandelier, features twelve (12) ribbed textured glass bulbs descending from a chrome frame creating a orbital form design.  
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Floor Lamps
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern chrome Sputnik floor lamps. Having adjustable arms with both ends having multi colored glass shades. With chrome round base.
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Midcentury Sputnik For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury sputnik you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each midcentury sputnik for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and glass. Find 282 options for an antique or vintage midcentury sputnik now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury sputnik — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury sputnik, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Modern styles are of considerable interest. A well-made midcentury sputnik has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Kamenicky Senov, Emil Stejnar and Stilnovo are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Sputnik?

Prices for a midcentury sputnik start at $258 and top out at $35,000 with the average selling for $2,200.

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 Chandeliers and Pendants for You

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

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

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

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

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

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