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Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Italian Pair of Sputnik Wall Lamps, 1960s, Italy
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A pair of beautiful Mid-Century Modern wall lamps made in Germany in the 1960s. They can perfectly be mounted on the wall. The body of the lights is made of brass and metal. The fixt...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

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

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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

Beige Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Chandelier in Stilnovo Style
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very elegant Sputnik brass chandelier featuring 20 lights, 20 solid brass rods ending with beige Murano glass bowls and brass rodes ending with an arrow. White lacquered steel cones....
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

1980s Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Two-Tone of Violet Polyhedron Murano Glasses
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
Murano polyhedron glasses designed by Carlo Scarpa. Four colors all together: dark violet and violet with a touch of amber and pink. 16 E14 light bulbs. Approximate weight 70 Kg.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-century Style Large Italian Sputnik Fireworks Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Bochum, NRW
Gorgeous large Italian Sputnik chandelier with twenty lights and "spikes". Made of brass and aluminum shades, ivory lacquered. Dimensions: Diameter ~115cm (42,28 in.), height 140 ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, 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

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Brass, Enamel

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

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

Blue Glass Globes and Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual Sputnik chandelier features 30 turquoise glass globes mounted on brass rods. When the light is on, its turquoise globes turn to light blue color and it is still ma...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

Large Brass Sputnik Stilnovo Style Flush Mount, 1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Aachen, DE
Large brass sputnik in Stilnovo style with Murano glass flush mount, 1970s The flush mount takes four standard E-27/E-26 Bulbs (max. 60 watts each) Dimensions: H 6.2 in. x W 21....
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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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

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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

Round Chrome Sputnik Atomic Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful Sputnik coffee table with six chrome balls on one-tier. Excellent condition. Clear glass top.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Half Sputnik Mercurised Silver Color Murano Glass Globes Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This brass chandelier features 15 hand blown silver Murano glass globes and 15 brass balls extends on brass stems from its centre. When the light is on, globes change color and becom...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

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

Kaiser Sputnik Molecular Shape Chandelier, 12 Opal Glass, Germany, 1970s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Aachen, DE
Wonderful Sputnik chandelier made by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, circa 1970-1979. Great Atomium shaped chandelier with 12 opal glasses. High quality and in very good condition. Cle...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass

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

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

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

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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

Italian Midcentury Black and Brass Sputnik Sconces Wall Lights, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
These pretty wall lights were designed and manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. They are made of black lacquered metal and brass and have got adjustable lamp shades. Both lamps ha...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

Space Age Mazzega Sputnik Chandelier, Textured Murano Glass, 1970s, Italy
By Angelo Vittorio Mazzega, AVMazzega, Mazzega
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful Space Age chandelier manufactured by A.V. Mazzega, with the characteristic blown glass of Murano. This lamp is a striking appearance in any room. Due to the sublime combina...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age 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 Graz, 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

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

1960 Germany Palwa Sputnik Wall Sconce Crystal & Brass by Ernst Palme
By Palme & Walter
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant sputnik crystal and brass wall light with eleven overlapping clear glass flowers. Designed by Ernst Palme. Manufactured by Palwa (Palme & Walter), Germany in the 1960s. Des...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, 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

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Blown Glass

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

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

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Chrome

Emil Stejnar Sputnik Sconces Wall Lights, Gilt Brass Crystal Glass, One of Three
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Graz, AT
One of three beautiful Viennese snowflake / blowball / sputnik wall lights designed by Emil Stejnar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). Hig...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Gold Plate, Brass

Midcentury Sputnik Chandelier Kamenický Šenov, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Made in Czechoslovakia - Made of brass, milk glass - Re-polished - Fully funktional - Original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Modern Transitional Brushed Nickel Sputnik Rock Crystal Ball Chandelier Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Perfect for the transitional space, this brushed nickel Sputnik style chandelier is detailed with crystal beads and accented with crystal flowers. The flowing rock crystal crown sits...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Rock Crystal, Crystal, Nickel

Large 47 in. 'Sputnik' Chandelier in Brass and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
'Sputnik' chandeliers, brass, glass, Austria, 1960s Round like a ball this 'Sputnik' chandelier consists out of a center sphere from which many rods with glass spheres at their en...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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 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

Stilnovo 18 Lights Sputnik Mid-Century Modern Brass Italian Chandelier, 1950
Located in Milano, IT
Stilnovo Exceptional chandelier sputnik 1950, brass. 18 light.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Table Lamp
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Chandelier Sputnik, Atomic, 1970s
By Kamenicky Senov
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting - rare type.
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Sputnik chandelier in chrome, with a multitude of arms. The piece is in great vintage condition with age-appropriate use.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modernist Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eleven-light Sputnik chandelier shown in a brass finish, circa 1950.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

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

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Italian Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo, Arredoluce
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage modern Italian chandelier. Constructed with solid brass and aluminum shades painted in red color. Rewired and ready to go. It will require six (6) e...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

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

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Bronze, 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

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Chrome

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

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Brass

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Sputnik Mid Century For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic sputnik mid century available at 1stDibs. A sputnik mid century — often made from metal, glass and brass — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a sputnik mid century, we have 843 options in-stock, while there are 240 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a sputnik mid century — 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 sputnik mid century, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one sputnik mid century that is appealing in its simplicity, but Fabio Ltd, Emil Stejnar and Rupert Nikoll produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Sputnik Mid Century?

A sputnik mid century can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,991, while the lowest priced sells for $177 and the highest can go for as much as $45,000.

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.