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An ‘Uchiwa’ Floor Lamp by Ingo Maurer for M Design - Germany, 1977
By Design M, Ingo Maurer
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Large and rare Uchiwa bamboo floor lamp or wall lamp by Ingo Maurer for Design M, 1970s, Germany. Ingo Maurer's interest in rice paper for lampshades brought him to design and prod...
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Vintage 1970s German Japonisme Floor Lamps

Materials

Bamboo, Parchment Paper

Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Style Wall Light
By Ingo Maurer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Ingo Maurer Uchiwa style wall lamp. Extremely rare example. Outer edges are tattered on some fans (please refer to photos). Original as found wiring and socket. In working or...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Bamboo, Paper

  • Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Style Wall Light
  • Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Style Wall Light
  • Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Style Wall Light
  • Ingo Maurer Uchiwa Style Wall Light
H 35 in. W 47 in. D 6 in.
Lovely "Shichi" Uchiwa Seven Fan Chandelier by Ingo Maurer, circa 1970s
By M Design, Ingo Maurer
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
Lovely, rare Uchiwa "Shichi" bamboo fan chandelier or pendant lamp by Ingo Maurer for Design M, 1970s, Germany. Executed in bamboo and rice paper. Socket: 1 x E27 or E26 or standard...
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Vintage 1970s German Japonisme Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bamboo

Very Large ‘Uchiwa’ Floor Lamp by Ingo Maurer for M Design, 1977
By M Design, Ingo Maurer
Located in Echt, NL
Rare large ‘Uchiwa’ fan floor lamp by Ingo Maurer in very good condition. Designed by Ingo Maurer for M design, Germany. This lamp was handmade in 1977 from bamboo, wicker and Japa...
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20th Century German Japonisme Floor Lamps

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Parchment Paper

Rare "Ju-Ku" Uchiwa Chandelier by Ingo Maurer for M Design, 1970s
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
Rare Ju-Ku Uchiwa chandelier by Ingo Maurer for M Design, Germany, 1970s. Bamboo and 19 rice paper fans, adjustable by suspension from 3 strings. The lamp can be hung in two ways...
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Vintage 1970s German Japonisme Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bamboo, Paper

Pair of Big "Uchiwa I" Wall Light by Ingo Maurer, circa 1970s
By Ingo Maurer, M Design
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A rare pair of big "Uchiwa I" wall sconces by Ingo Maurer for Design M, 1970s, Germany. Executed in bamboo and rice paper fan. Socket: each 3 x E27 Edison for standard screw bulbs...
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Vintage 1970s German Japonisme Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bamboo, Paper

Pair of Ingo Maurer Uchiwa III Fan Wall Lights, circa 1970s
By Ingo Maurer, M Design
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A pair of "Uchiwa III " wall sconces by Ingo Maurer for Design M, 1970s, Germany. Executed in bamboo and rice paper fan. Socket: 1 x E27 Edison for standard screw bulbs.  
Category

Vintage 1970s German Japonisme Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Bamboo, Paper

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Uchiwa Bamboo For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more in our collection of uchiwa bamboo on 1stDibs. A piece of uchiwa bamboo — often made from bamboo, paper and natural fiber — can elevate any home. Your living room may not be complete without an item from our selection of uchiwa bamboo — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Each choice in our collection of uchiwa bamboo bearing Mid-Century Modern or Modern hallmarks is very popular.

How Much is a Uchiwa Bamboo?

Prices for a piece of uchiwa bamboo start at $1,000 and top out at $26,314 with the average selling for $4,637.

Ingo Maurer Biography and Important Works

German designer Ingo Maurer (1932–2019) was known as a “poet of light” for how he artfully created lamps that married form and function, from bulbs that soared on goose-feather wings to chandeliers that suspended bursts of shattered tableware like a slow-motion explosion. One of his first lamps, a 1966 design that was merely called Bulb, nested a lightbulb inside a larger glass lightbulb shape, drawing on his connection to German art traditions of reductive forms as well as Pop art and the playful aesthetics of 1960s pop culture. The success of Bulb — its fans included American design icon Charles Eames — led to the founding of his own company to produce this provocative fixture as well as other fantastic lighting designs.

Born on the island of Reichenau in Lake Constance in southern Germany, Maurer apprenticed at a newspaper before moving to the United States in 1960. In New York and California, Maurer initially worked as a graphic designer for IBM and elsewhere before returning to Germany with his then-wife, designer Dorothee Becker, in 1963. The experience that Maurer gained in typography and bold forms was regularly expressed in the lamps crafted by his company, which was called Design M before the name was changed to Ingo Maurer GmbH. The lighting manufacturer is still based in Munich.

Some of Maurer’s pieces were minimal, such as a ceramic table lamp in 1996 he called Broken Egg, which radiated light from a fissure in an oblong shape, while others were monumental, such as the designer’s last completed installation — a colossal chandelier composed of over 3,000 silver-plated leaves — in Munich’s Residenztheater. Maurer was always at the forefront of lighting innovations, exploring holograms, LEDs and OLEDs in his projects. Through his company, the venturesome Maurer also promoted inventive new designers, including Moritz Waldemeyer, whose My New Flame (2012) imagined a futuristic candle with LEDs.

Ingo Maurer GmbH continues to produce the late designer’s distinctive table lamps, chandeliers and other fixtures, including the imaginative Bulb that started it all.

Find a collection of Ingo Maurer lighting designs on 1stDibs.

Materials: Bamboo Furniture

Bamboo — the reed-like, woody grass revered the world over for its attractiveness, durability and unbeatable versatility — has a purity and elegance that Ming Dynasty dignitaries, European royals and workaday folks alike have appreciated for centuries. Antique and vintage bamboo furniture can help introduce an air of relaxation in any space, and pairs well with chinoiserie decor and a range of porcelain decorative objects.

So why is bamboo — in its many forms — so enduringly popular? The grass itself is classic-looking and pleasingly geometric, and it evokes a subtle exoticism that’s both glamorous and (due in large part to its sustainability) highly attainable.

Bamboo is harder than mahogany. It’s a rigid and hollow reed, and as such it is not rattan, which is dense, steamable and bendable, and has become its own ultimate decorative-arts chameleon over the years. But like rattan, bamboo is an organic material that provides a link to nature, helping us to bring a bit of the outside in, in an elegant yet no-frills way that seems comforting and familiar. Plus, bamboo’s lightness and slight irregularities make it the perfect counterpoint to heavy-feeling interiors.

For organic modern interiors — or any space that would benefit from a dose of the natural world — a variety of vintage bamboo outdoor furniture, side tables, dining chairs and more can be found on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Lighting for You

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

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

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

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

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

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