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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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$2,905
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1 of 3 Pairs of Kalmar 'Tulipan' Sconces Wall Lights, Austria, 1970s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, NRW
Wonderful pair of midcentury wall sconces, made by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured, circa 1970-1979. Each tulip-shaped glass is handmade which makes each glass piece a unique piece. E...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

1 of 3 Large Murano Ice Glass Chandelier by Kalmar, Austria, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning Murano glass chandelier by Kalmar, 1960s Three tiers structure gathering 28 structured glasses, beautifully refracting the light very heavy quality. High quality and in ...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

Beautiful 8 Light Kalmar Ice Glass Chandelier, Austria, 1950s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Beautiful and rare chandelier or pendant light by Kalmar Vienna, Austria. An original mid-century vintage piece manufactured in the 1950s. It is made of brass and heavy glass. The fi...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Large Kalmar Murano Glass Sconce Wall Light, Austria, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Wonderful mid-century wall sconce with 3 large Murano glass pieces, made by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured, circa 1960-1969. The sconce needs 1 x E14 small bulb Light bulbs are n...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

Set of J. T. Kalmar Murano Glass Light Fixtures, Austria, 1960
By J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Rijssen, NL
A wonderful set of Murano glass tronchi flushmount light fixtures designed by J.T. Kalmar for Kalmar Franken, Vienna, Austria. Manufactured in circa 1960. These set is handmade. A hi...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Brass

1 of 2 Large Kalmar Sconce Wall Light by Kalmar, Austria, 1960s
By Carlo Nason, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Wonderful midcentury wall sconces with 3 thick Murano glasses, made by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured, circa 1960-1969. Model: Pan High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

1 of 2 Extra Large Tulipan Glass Flushmount by Kalmar, Austria, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Wonderful onion shaped Tulipan glass chandelier. 50 hand-blown glasses suspended on white painted metal frame. Best of design from the 1960s by Kalmar, Austria. High quality of the m...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

1 of 3 Pairs of Large Kalmar Sconces Wall Lights, Austria, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, DE
Wonderful pair of midcentury wall sconces with three large Murano glass pieces on a brass frame in each wall lamp, designed by Venini and made by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured, circa...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kalmar Lighting

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Murano Glass

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Furniture from Kalmar Lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Kalmar Lighting collection, there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 780 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Kalmar Lighting were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by J.T. Kalmar, Bakalowits & Söhne and Rupert Nikoll if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for the furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price for these items starts at US$245 and tops out at US$35,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,403.