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Swedish Pendant in Rosewood and Perforated Brass by Falkenberg
By Falkenberg, Helge Zimdal
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare ceiling lamp in brass and rosewood manufactured by Falkenberg, Sweden. The lamp is made of thick brass and comes with its original brass canopy. The beautiful shape reminds a l...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Attributed to Mathieu Matégot Perforated Pendant Lamp, France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful pendant lamp from the 1950s, attributed to Mathieu Mategot. Made of white painted, perforated metal, has a beautiful glass lampshade. In good condition with nice patina.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Large Perforated Globe Pendant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large perforated globe pendant from circa early 2000s in powder coated aluminium and acrylic. Overall drop adjustable upon request. Measures: Diameter 24” Current overall drop 44...
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Early 2000s American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Vintage Perforated Brass Globe Pendant
Located in East Hampton, NY
Polished brass perforated grill globe allows for light throughout fixture.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Lightolier 1950s Perforated Aluminum Pendant Lights, '3'
By Lightolier
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Three Lightolier aluminum pendant lights, circa early 1950s. These examples have Lightolier's iconic perforated aluminum frames and are all original. Price listed is for one light.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Pair of Perforated Chrome Globe Pendant Lights
Located in East Hampton, NY
A highly polished (newly restored) perforated grill globe allows for light throughout fixture. See additional images for details.
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Vintage 1960s American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Lisa Johansson-Pape Large Silver Perforated Metal Pendant
By Lisa Johansson-Pape, Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape large silver perforated 'Hat' metal pendant for Innolux Oy. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...

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Aluminum

Swedish Designer, Pendant Light, Perforated Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pendant light / ceiling lamp. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1950s. Height including full drop and cup 86 cm / 33.85 inches.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape Large Silver Perforated Metal Pendant
By Innolux Oy, Lisa Johansson-Pape
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape large silver perforated 'Hat' metal pendant for Innolux Oy. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...

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Metal

Custom Perforated Brass Metal Conical / Convex Pendant Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom conical /convex shaped pendant chandelier in perforated brass. Can be done in different sizes and finishes.
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape White '270' Perforated Metal Pendants
By Innolux Oy, Lisa Johansson-Pape
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape White '270' perforated metal pendants for Innolux Oy. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity of Pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...

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Aluminum

Lisa Johansson-Pape Silver '270' Perforated Metal Pendant
By Lisa Johansson-Pape, Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape Silver '270' perforated metal pendant for Innolux Oy. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity of Pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...

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Aluminum

Lisa Johansson-Pape Large White Perforated Metal Pendant
By Lisa Johansson-Pape, Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape large white perforated 'Hat' metal pendant for Innolux Oy. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...

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Metal

1 Midcentury Perforated Ceramic Pendant Lamp by Beaumont Mood
Located in Pasadena, TX
Beaumont mood worked creating ceramic lighting for the renowned Texas architect O'Neil Ford for many years, and his pierced sconces, globes, and other lighting and ceramics can be fo...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic

Large Perforated Double Cone Pendant by Gerald Thurston
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Providence, RI
Perforated double cone pendant designed by Gerald Thurston, circa late 1950s for Lightolier. Lighting fixture is currently in it's original ochre with white interior, but we can have...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel

Large Full Copper Pendant Perforated Underneath, Italy, 1950s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A full copper round pendant with perforations in the edge underneath. It has a diffuser of old plastic. There is a small dent in the copper, but in an overall good condition.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

1950s Hans-Agne Jakobsson Perforated Brass Pendants for Markaryd
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson, AB Markaryd
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Hans-Agne Jakobsson perforated brass pendants for Markaryd, Sweden. Graced with simple Scandinavian curves and pleasing brass patina. Professionally rewired for US electrical. ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape Large Polished Brass Perforated Metal Pendant
By Innolux Oy, Lisa Johansson-Pape
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape Llarge polished brass perforated metal pendant. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity of Pape's i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...

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Brass

Falkenbergs Belysning, Pendant Lamp, Polished Perforated Brass, Sweden, 1960s
By Falkenbergs Belysning
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pendant lamp. Designed and produced by Falkenbergs Belysning, Sweden, 1960s. Adjustable drop. Plastic cup. Stated dimensions are of pendant excluding drop.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1950s Hans-Agne Jakobsson Perforated Brass Pendants for Markaryd
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson, AB Markaryd
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Hans-Agne Jakobsson perforated brass pendants for Markaryd, Sweden. Graced with simple Scandinavian curves and pleasing brass patina. Professionally rewired for US electrical. ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perforated Italian Pendant Lamp in Brass and Steel, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Probably made by either Stilux of Milan or Artemide this unusual cylindrical pendant light features a piercet steel outer shade, a Lucite inner shade and brass edges and top. This co...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Swedish Pendant in Wood and Perforated Brass by Fagerhult
By Fagerhult, Helge Zimdal
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare ceiling lamp in brass and wood manufactured by Fagerhult, Sweden. The lamp is made of thick brass and comes with its original brass canopy. The beautiful shape reminds a lot of...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perforated Arc
By Allied Maker
Located in Glen Cove, NY
This hand-spun 20" perforated dome is meticulously brushed and waxed to desired finish. The hand blown glass provides pleasant surface diffusion while also complimenting the light's ...
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2010s American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 17.7 in. Dm 20 in.
Rare Onion Pendants in Perforated Brass by Helge Zimdal
By Falkenberg, Helge Zimdal
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare perforated version and diffuser designed by Helge Zimdal for Falkenberg. Zimdal was actually most known for his architectural work, mostly in Stockholm, Sweden, but tried his h...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perforated Cone Pendant Light by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
A mod pendant light comprised of an enameled salmon canopy supporting an off-white, perforated cone shade with an enameled salmon outer shade. By Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Reta...
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Vintage 1950s American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

One of Four Perforated Aluminum RAAK Amsterdam Pendants, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Echt, NL
1970s Aluminum RAAK Amsterdam Pendants in very good condition. New old stock! Four items available The lamp consists of two perforated aluminum tubes connected by a flat bla...
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20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum

1960's Hand-Crafted Perforated Ceramic Organically Danish Pendant by Sejer
By Sejer Keramik
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Large and unique hand-crafted ceramic artistry Danish Mid-Century Modern organically shaped, perforated ceramic pendant by Sejer Keramikfabrik. Manufactured on the Danish island of F...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Swedish, Modernist Pendant Light, Milk Glass, Perforated Brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pendant light. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Perforated Spun Aluminum Pendant Lights by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, pendant lights by Lightolier feature 5 inch height, perforated, spun aluminum shades on poles with glass diffusers. Canopies shown are included. The penda...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

1960s Brass Perforated 'Onion' Pendants by Helge Zimdal for Falkenberg
By Falkenberg, Helge Zimdal
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s brass perforated 'Onion' pendants by Helge Zimdal for Falkenberg, Sweden, circa 1960s. A rare and beautiful pair of sculptural pendant lamps executed in perforated brass and me...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Perforated Aluminum, Brass and Lucite Pendant
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized in Sweden, circa 1960. It features a domed body with an abundance of perforations presented in triangular sets of three. There...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Swedish Midcentury Pendant in Perforated Metal with Counterweight by NK
By Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pendant made of perforated metal, manufactured by Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden, 1950s. This pendant lights up beautifully with the perforated shade spreading a cozy light. You can eas...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Small Pendants "Flora" in Perforated Brass by Hans-Agne Jakobsson
By AB Markaryd
Located in Karlstad, SE
Pendants modell "Flora" in brass by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd. The lamps are rewired and the length can be altered according to your requirements. Condition: Excellent/very g...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass Rinnovel Pendant Lamp Anodized Perforated Aluminum Italy 1950s
By Ettore Sottsass, Rinnovel
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Fabulous light-weight aluminum pendant lamp most probably designed by Ettore Sottsass and executed by Rinnovel, Italy, circa 1950s. The Italian lamp which is made of anodized aluminu...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Double Diamond Perforated Cone Pendant Ceiling Light by Gotham Lighting
By Gotham Lighting
Located in New York, NY
A Mid Century Modern dual pendant light comprising a satin steel round rod supporting a pair of double cone shades in a original matte dusty orange-red enamel each with triangular pa...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Set of Five Swedish Pendants in Perforated Brass by Boréns
Located in Karlstad, SE
Set of five heavy full-brass pendants by Boréns, Sweden. Very high quality and beautifull when lit up. Condition: Very good vintage condition.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perf Double Pendant Light, Brass Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shades
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Double the fun with the perf double. Made from hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing. Utilizing low energy LED bulbs, Perf Double is available in 3 finishes, with cus...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perf Pendant Light, Small- Brass Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perf Pendant Light Medium Brass Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, Perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, Perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of 3 1950s Hans-Agne Jakobsson Perforated Brass Pendants for Markaryd
By AB Markaryd, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Hans-Agne Jakobsson perforated brass pendants for Markaryd, Sweden. Graced with simple Scandinavian curves and pleasing brass patina. Professionally rewired for US electrical. ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perf Pendant Light Large, Brass Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, Perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, Perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Perf Pendant Light Small-Black Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, Perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, Perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Paint, Glass

Simple White Perforated Cone Pendant Lamp Aluminum Brass & Teak Stilnovo Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in National City, CA
Pendant Lamp Hanging modern lamp midcentury adjustable cone pendant light in white aluminum, brass and solid teak. Simple modernism. Measurement Shade : 15 tall x 11 diameter and Cor...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Aluminum

Perforated Arc 14"
By Allied Maker
Located in Glen Cove, NY
This hand-spun 14" perforated dome is meticulously brushed and waxed to desired finish. The hand blown glass provides pleasant surface diffusion while also complimenting the light's ...
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2010s American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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H 11.75 in. Dm 14 in.
Elegant Mid-Century Modern Perforated Brass Church Pendant Lamps Germany 1950s
Located in Munich, DE
Rare, elegant and highly decorative Mid-Century Modern perforated brass pendants lamp or hanging lights. They were in use in a church. Designed & manufactured in Germany, 1950s. A...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Huge Mid-Century Modern Perforated Brass Chandelier Pendant Lamp, 1950s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Monumental, extremely rare and elegant Mid-Century Modern hammered and perforated brass chandelier or pendant lamp. Designed and manufactured in 1950s, Germany. Due to the perfora...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Perforated Brass Chandelier Pendant Lamp 1950s Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Rare, elegant and large Mid-Century Modern perforated brass ceiling fixture / pendant lamp. Designed and manufactured in Germany, 1950s. Due to the perforated shade, the lamp make...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960s Atomic Modern Perforated Red Saucer Dish Pendant Light Lightolier Made USA
By Lightolier
Located in National City, CA
1960s Atomic modern hanging red saucer dish perforated pendant light after Lightolier Made USA Made in the USA, circa 1960s, No label. Rewired. Tested, and Working. No canopy. ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Compas Small Pendant in Perforated Satin Brass and Opal White Glass
By Atelier de Troupe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The COMPAS collection is shaped out of a single sheet of brass fastened to a simple spine. Nestled inside is a pearl of hand blown sandblasted glass. Measures: W 27 1/2in (70cm) x...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Compas Small Pendant in Perforated Satin White and Opal White Glass
By Atelier de Troupe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The COMPAS collection is shaped out of a single sheet of brass fastened to a simple spine. Nestled inside is a pearl of hand-blown sandblasted glass. W 27 1/2in (70cm) x D 27 1/2i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Compas Large Pendant in Perforated Satin Brass and Opal White Glass
By Atelier de Troupe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Compas collection is shaped out of a single sheet of brass fastened to a simple spine. Nestled inside is a pearl of hand blown sandblasted glass. W 27 1/2in (70cm) x D 27 1/2i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of 3 Large Italian Midcentury Perforated Metal Pendant Lamps by Arredoluce
By Arredoluce
Located in München, DE
Set of 3 Large Mid-Century Modern conical perforated metal pendant lamps. Attributed to Arredoluce. Made in Italy. Beautiful high quality midcentury Italian design. Shades and can...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Stilnovo Style Pendant of Three Stacked Perforated Cups and Brass Spike
By Stilnovo
Located in Hingham, MA
Truly beautiful and well-balanced sculptural Stilnovo pendant with three white porcelain enameled perforated copper bowls stacked and evenly spaced on a polished brass spike-ended sp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass, Copper

Huge Mid-Century Modern Perforated Solid Aluminium Pendant Lamps, Germany, 1970s
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern pendant lamps or hanging lights. Manufactured in Germany circa 1970s. Executed in perforated solid aluminum, each lamp comes with 1 x E27 Edison screw fit...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Perf Pendant Light, Medium Off-White Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, Perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, Perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Paint

Perf Pendant Light Small Off-White Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Paint

Perf Pendant Light Medium Matte Black Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, Perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, Perf pendant is avail...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Paint

Perf Pendant Light, Large Matte Black Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, Perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, Perf pendant is avail...
Category

2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Paint, Glass

Perf Double Pendant Light, Matte Black Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shades
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Double the fun with the perf double. Made from hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing. Utilizing low energy LED bulbs, Perf Double is available in 3 finishes, with cus...
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2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Paint

Perf Pendant Light Large Off-White Perforated Tube, Glass Round Orb Shade
By Jonathan Ben-Tovim
Located in Broadmeadows, Victoria
Combining hand blown opal glass with a perforated metal housing, perf pendant is an elemental and versatile decorative fixture. Utilizing a low energy LED bulb, perf pendant is avail...
Category

2010s Australian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass, Paint

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Perforated Pendant For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the perforated pendant you’re looking for. Each perforated pendant for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and glass. If you’re shopping for a perforated pendant, we have 124 options in-stock, while there are 32 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a perforated pendant — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A perforated pendant is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are sought with frequency. Many designers have produced at least one well-made perforated pendant over the years, but those crafted by Lisa Johansson-Pape, Innolux Oy and Jonathan Ben-Tovim are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Perforated Pendant?

Prices for a perforated pendant start at $350 and top out at $26,000 with the average selling for $2,334.

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.