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Arturo Pani Lighting

Arturo Pani has been called the Jean Royère of Mexico. Like the adored French master of the mid-20th century, Pani won an upper-class clientele who appreciated the vivacity and exuberance he brought to interiors. His specialty was using new materials to reinterpret traditional stylings — the sensuous curves and arabesques of the Rococo; stately neoclassical motifs — for a modern context. Pani's work is a thing apart: at once theatrical and distinguished, playful and grand.

Pani was born to splendid settings. His father was Mexico’s ambassador to France, and both Pani and his brother Mario, a noted architect of the International style, would study at the prestigious École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Pani made his name in the late 1930s by designing lavish interiors that belied the austere facade of his brother’s new Hotel Reforma in Mexico City. Mexico’s affluent class welcomed Pani’s technique for juxtaposing Mario’s sleek modernist architectural envelope with voluptuous decor. His style became known as the “Acapulco look” in the 1930s, when Pani became the blossoming Pacific resort’s decorator of choice to the jet set. Pani’s own Acapulco villa would become a favorite backdrop for the society photographer Slim Aarons.

Though Pani frequently created furniture along the strict, geometric lines associated with mid-century modernism — and did, on occasion, produce pieces with wildly flowing futuristic lines — his signature designs were those that offered an idiosyncratic, spare-yet-sumptuous take on historical forms.

Pani’s favorite material was wrought iron, usually gilded. With it, he produced tables with elaborate sheaf-of-wheat bases, or scrolling baroque supports; chairs with frames made of iron rods bent to suggest the sinuous seatbacks and cabriole legs of Louis XV pieces; or — jumping a stylistic generation forward — designs with Louis XVI elements such as arrows and chevrons. Pani’s work has again become chic. As you will see on these pages, like few others, Arturo Pani had a true sense of drama. Virtually everything he designed is a showstopper.

Find vintage Arturo Pani coffee tables, armchairs, side tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Arturo Pani
Pair of Arturo Pani Regency Black Bronze Table Lamps Mexico 1950s Modernism
By Arturo Pani
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Regency Modern lamps. Sensational pair of Arturo Pani slender table lamps Mexico Modernism 1950s Aluminum, Black wood in ebony and golden bronze accent E...
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1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arturo Pani Lighting

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Aluminum, Bronze

Palm Tree Floor Lamp by Arturo Pani
By Arturo Pani
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960, We offer this Palm floor table lamp designed by Arturo Pani. This lamp is perhaps one of the most whimsical of all the wonderful designs by Art...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arturo Pani Lighting

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Brass

Luxurious Sculptural Two-Toned Brass Bronze Table Lamps Arturo Pani 1950s Mexico
By Talleres Chacon, Arturo Pani
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Table lamps Sensational sculptural two-tone bronze table lamps by Arturo Pani Mexico 1950s. Unmarked. Measures: Height 24.75 in. x Diameter 9.25 in. The lamps have been rewired ...
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1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arturo Pani Lighting

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Brass, Bronze

Fantastic Iron and Brass Lamp by Arturo Pani
By Arturo Pani
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this fantastic iron and brass lamp by Arturo Pani with amazing patina, circa 1950.
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1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arturo Pani Lighting

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Brass, Iron

Palm Tree Table Lamp by Arturo Pani
By Arturo Pani
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960, We offer this Palm Tree Table Lamp designed by Arturo Pani. This lamp is perhaps one of the most whimsical of all the wonderful designs by Arturo Pani. Crafted of brass a...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arturo Pani Lighting

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Arturo Pani Table Lamp
By Arturo Pani
Located in Chicago, IL
Arturo Pani custom table lamp with central bronze column flanked by two panes of beveled glass raised on a square beveled glass base, with a patinated bronze beaubeche and scalloped details. Mexico, circa 1960 Provenance: Private residence, Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico Arturo Pani was one of the most significant figures working in design during the ‘Mexican Miracle’, a period from 1940-1970 of optimistic economic Expansion. While his brother, architect Mario Pani...
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1980s Mexican Modern Vintage Arturo Pani Lighting

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Glass

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Arturo Pani lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Arturo Pani lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arturo Pani lighting, although white editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original lighting by Arturo Pani were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by Pepe Mendoza, and Felipe Delfinger. Prices for Arturo Pani lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,500 and can go as high as $6,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,850.

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