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Kalmar Lighting

Austrian

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 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, Julius 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 Opera, the Burgtheater, Vienna stock exchange and other sites.

Under the guidance of Rudolf Calice, Julius Theodor 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 Kalmar lighting that includes wall lights, floor lamps and other fixtures.

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1 of 2 Large Murano Ice Glass Chandelier by Kalmar, Austria, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, NRW
1 of 2 Stunning Murano glass chandelier by Kalmar, 1960s Two tiers gather structured glasses, beautifully refracting the light very heavy quality. High quality and in very good cond...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

J.T.Kalmar Large Mid-Century Glass Flower Gilt Brass Chandelier, Austria, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Vienna, AT
A decorative floral 22“ diameter Midcentury Modern brass chandelier from the 1960s manufactured by J.T. Kalmar Vienna, Austria. Its frame is made of white painted metal, it has four ...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Kalmar Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Austrian Mid-Century Set of Four Murano "Citrus" Wall Sconces by Kalmar, 1970s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Beauty, stunning and unique Austrian Mid-Century "Kalmar" Wall Sconces, model "Citrus" 4663/2. These Sconces were desifned and manufactured during the 1970s in Austria by Kalmar Fran...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Metal

Kalmar Ice Glass Wall Sconces 3 Tiers by J.T. Kalmar, 1970s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful and elegant modern ice glass and brass wall lights / sconces, manufactured by J.T. Kalmar, Austria in the 1970s. Lovely design, executed to a very high standard. Each wall ...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Brass

Large Kalmar Chandelier, Ice Glass and Nickel, Austria, 1970s, One of Two
By Kalmar Lighting, J.T. Kalmar
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of two extra large light fixtures model 'PUCK' no. 3864 by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s-early 1970...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Nickel, Metal, Chrome

Large Kalmar Chandelier, Brass and Textured Glass, 1950s
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
An impressive handmade and large chandeliers by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The fixture is made of polished brass in a w...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Large Glass Pendant Light by Kalmar-Fazzoletto, Austria, 1970s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, NRW
Stunning glass Pendant light by Kalmar made in the 1970s Nice structured glass, beautifully refracting the light. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and re...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

1960s Austrian J.T. Kalmar for Kalmar Lighting Crystal Glass & Chrome Chandelier
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in London, GB
1960s Austrian two-tiered chandelier designed by J.T. Kalmar for Kalmar Lighting. A striking and elegant chandelier with textured crystal glass tubes on a chromed-metal frame. The in...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Kalmar Lighting

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Crystal, Metal, Chrome

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Kalmar Lighting furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Kalmar Lighting furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Kalmar Lighting furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 820 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 5 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Kalmar Lighting 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 Rupert Nikoll, J.T. Kalmar, and Emil Stejnar. Prices for Kalmar Lighting furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $245 and can go as high as $39,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,281.

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