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J.T. Kalmar

In 1881, Julius August Kalmar founded Kalmar, a Viennese company that produced handcrafted objects of cast bronze. Kalmar developed a fine reputation and exhibited internationally often, but it was Kalmar’s son, Julius Theodor (J.T.) Kalmar, who took over in 1913 and made the company shine with its modernist lighting.

Having studied at the Birmingham School of Art and Design and under the Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, J.T. was deeply inspired by the shift to modernity taking place in Europe and sought to work with the leading architects and designers of his time, including Austrian Werkbund architects Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach as well as Ernst Plischke, Clemens Holzmeister and Oswald Haerdtl. Similar to the Wiener Werkstätte cooperative cofounded by Hoffmann that prized materials, form and function, Kalmar viewed his company’s lighting fixtures as “quite humble things” meant to “fit in and serve their purpose of functionally illuminating spaces without glare.”

In 1925, Kalmar began selling in Haus und Garten, the forward-looking decor shop founded by Frank and Wlach. By 1931, a close partnership with the Austrian Werkbund association of architects, artists and craftsmen allowed the company to realize its vision of early 20th-century modernity — a distinctly Viennese pairing of traditional workmanship with contemporary technology. These collaborations included chandeliers and other fixtures using traditional materials such as glass, bronze and brass while focusing on function over ornamentation. As the company grew, so too did the scope of its projects, and soon Kalmar was installing extravagant chandeliers for the Vienna State Opera, the Burgtheater, Vienna stock exchange and other sites.

Under the guidance of Rudolf Calice, J.T. Kalmar’s son-in-law, the 1960s saw Kalmar’s popularity grow, thanks in part to the success of more decorative pieces like the ice-glass fixtures created with Austrian sculptor Karl Gruber. Thomas Calice, the great-grandson of Kalmar’s founder, led the company in the 1990s and its expansion to international lighting projects while shifting away from serial production. In 2009, Thomas’s son August Chalice established Kalmar Werkstätten to produce fixtures that reference the Kalmar archives but also feature updates on the iconic designs. Kalmar continues to produce bespoke fixtures while also working on custom lighting projects around the world, from cruise ships to the Burj Khalifa.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage J.T. Kalmar lighting that includes chandeliers, wall lights, floor lamps and other fixtures.

Average Sold Price
$3,132
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Beautiful Midcentury Kalmar Dornstab Floor Lamp, Brass, Walnut, Austria, 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful floor lamp, designed and executed by J.T. Kalmar Austria. The lampshade is adjustable to three different heights, the lamp has a nice brass base. In good original conditi...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Large Kalmar Clear Iced Glass Chandelier, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original designed vintage glass chandelier with molded clear iced glass. One floating glass circle in the middle and 12 moon shaped glass parts mounted at the circle, lit by 6 E27 bu...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Chrome

Large Kalmar Murano Smoke Glass Sconces or Wall Lights, 1970s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful and large Murano glass wall sconces or lights or ceiling lamps by J.T. Kalmar for Franken KG, Austria, 1960s. A white lacquered metal backplate holds an organic hand blown ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern J.T. Kalmar

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Steel, Nickel

1 of the 8 Ice Glass Wall Sconces with Brass Tone by J.T. Kalmar, Austria
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful and elegant modern brass wall lights or sconces, manufactured by J.T. Kalmar Austria in the 1970s. Lovely design, executed to a very high standard. Each wall light has ...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Metal, Brass

Square Kalmar Textured Glass Flush Mount Light Sconce 'Hippolyt', 1960, 1 of 3
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of three textured glass flushmount light fixtures model 'Hippolyt 42', model no. 5256 by J.T. Kalmar manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960. The lamps can be used as ceiling or w...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Metal

J.T Kalmar Mid Century Brass Glass Dome Ceiling Light, Austria
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Perfectly preserved vintage J.T Kalmar semi-flush mount or chandelier, Austria, circa 1970 This piece is consisting of a single brass dish with a glass ring circling around it. Thre...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Brass

One of Six Kalmar 'Tulipan' Wall Lights Sconces, Glass Brass, 1970s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of six large 'Tulipan' glass wall light fixtures by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, Vienna, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The name Tulipan derives fro...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Metal, Brass

Large Kalmar Chandelier Pendant Light Sputnik Atomic 43-Arms Glass Aluminum 1970
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
An extra large 43-arm atomic chandelier/pendant light model "RS 43 Kugel HL" by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (at the end of 1960s and beginning of 1970s.) ...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar

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Aluminum, Chrome

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Ryszard Chwastyk
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Vintagerie - The Modernist Showroom
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Monika Feldbacher
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Parker's Mid-Century
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J.T. Kalmar furniture for sale on 1stDibs

J.T. Kalmar's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our J.T. Kalmar collection, there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 1,020 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by J.T. Kalmar were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Kalmar Lighting, Emil Stejnar and Rupert Nikoll if you are looking for additional options. The prices for J.T. Kalmar furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On average, these items start at $254 and top out at $75,162, while pieces like these can sell for $2,663.

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