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J.T. Kalmar Furniture

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.

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Creator: J.T. Kalmar
Dealer: Venfield
JT Kalmar Tiered Ice Glass Pendant 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in New York, NY
No one produced more ice glass in the 1960s than Austrian lighting company JT Kalmar. Although it had earned it's medal as a foundry specializing in cast bronze pieces that helped de...
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1960s Austrian Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

J.T. Kalmar Cut Crystal Glass Chandelier, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in New York, NY
Stunning cut crystal cylinder glass chandelier with brass canopy and suspension by J.T. Kalmar, Austrian 1960's. This fixture is a stunning example of Kalmar's mid-century designs. T...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar Furniture

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Crystal, Brass

J.T. Kalmar Pair of Sconces in Cut Glass Crystal 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of cut crystal cylinder glass sconces with chrome body by J.T. Kalmar, Austrian 1960's. There is a matching chandelier available.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar Furniture

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1970's Kalmar Glass Sconce with Brass Frame
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in New York, NY
1970's Kalmar glass sconce with brass frame. 3 pieces available for immediate purchase.
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Kalmar Ice Glass Sconces
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in New York, NY
Pair of vintage Kalmar ice glass sconces. Two pairs available for immediate purchase.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage J.T. Kalmar Furniture

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J.t. Kalmar furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

J.T. Kalmar furniture 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 J.T. Kalmar furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by J.T. Kalmar were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kalmar Lighting, Emil Stejnar, and Rupert Nikoll. Prices for J.T. Kalmar furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $890 and can go as high as $9,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,700.

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