Skip to main content

Lightolier Furniture

Lightolier (USA)

Founded in 1904 in New York and family-operated through most of its history, Lightolier was one of the pioneering American electric lighting companies, best known for its embrace of stylistic and technical innovations. Collectors focus on lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the Seventies, when an in-house design team led by Gerald Thurston—and a stellar cast of international design contributors—created an array of practical yet aesthetically lively table and floor lamps, sconces and chandeliers.


     Amidst the post-World War II building boom, Lightolier—the name combines “light” and “chandelier”—aggressively boosted its residential lighting division. Thurston, who was strongly influenced by the sleek designs of Gino Sarfatti and his Italian lighting firm Arteluce, towards simpler lamp designs that offered flexibility of function. His best-known designs include the “Cricket” task light—a lamp with an adjustable enameled metal hood that toggles on a slender bent-metal base—and the three-legged “Tripod” table and floor lamps. At the same time, Thurston had a wonderful eye for talent and sought work from some of the lesser-known greats of the era, such as Paavo Tynell, the Finnish lighting designer, who designed several brass chandeliers for Lightolier with his trademark elegant flamboyance.


     And more, Thurston recognized abilities in designers not known for their work in lighting. Edward Wormley, head of furniture design for Dunbar, produced several noteworthy chandeliers employing canisters and reflective hoods. Alvin Lustig was famed as a graphic designer. His ca. 1953 “Ring” ceiling fixture for Lightolier had a minimalist techno look some 30 years ahead of its time. But this was par. Designed by Michael Lax in 1964, the “Lytegem” high-intensity lamp—included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art—features a ball-shaped shade attached with a chromed armature to a cubic base, a form that would be widely copied in the following decade. Chandeliers designed in the early Seventies by Gaetano Sciolari, with details such as acrylic diffusers and vertical, two-bulb arms, would define the look of lighting in their day. A look through these pages reveals just how astonishingly wide a range of lighting pieces Lightolier produced. The company never flicked off its stylistic switch.

Applied Filters13 results
Creator:Lightolier
Dealer:Assemblage Ltd.
Clear All
Category
Furniture13
Lighting13
Item type
13
Price
to
4
Shipping Options
Style
Period
Color
Material
Availability
Place of Origin
Creator
Display
Lightolier Cut-Crystal Five-Arm Chandelier, circa 1940s
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful early example of the craftsmanship of the American lighting pioneer, Lightolier. Five glass arms meet at the bottom the tri-tiered cut-glass centre column. Brass cups und...
Category

1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Pair of 1940s Lightolier Emerald Green Glass Obelisk Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Triple Gourd-Form Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning Lightolier table lamp in white satin glazed ceramic stacked spherical bodies. Each segment separated by a brass ring spacer. Base is a brass plate. The three socket lighting...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

Lightolier White Cased Glass Bell Form Pendant Light by Glashütte Limburg
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Lightolier cased glass pendant light with single cord suspension and three black metal stud fitters. 1970s import made by the stellar German firm Glashütte Limburg. Overall drop ...
Category

1970s German Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

Lightolier Elegant Modern Brass Tripod Base Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Simple and elegant brass tripod based table lamp by Lightolier. White porcelain dual sockets with white metal disc housing. Sold with drum shade and pierced top diffuser. From the pe...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Enamel, Metal

Lightolier Sixteen-Arm, Black Lacquer Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Lightolier Brass and Walnut Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Lightolier turned solid walnut and brass table lamps. With brass stems, white lacquered metal cups and cast opaque and white glass diffusers. Reportedly a rare and early Gera...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Spun Aluminum Eight-Light Modernist Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel, Glass

Pair of Lightolier Neoclassical Brass and Darkest Green Urn Form Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant pair of neoclassical table lamps from Lightolier with spun brass caps, risers and base. Also, dark green lacquered metal fluted urn body and cylindrical pedestal appear as st...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

Pair of Tommi Parzinger Silver Plated Lamps for Lightolier
By Tommi Parzinger, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed by Tommi Parzinger for Lightolier, these table lamps have an elegant urn form atop a bevelled plinth. Completely restored, with new silver plating and wiring, they include t...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Glass, Brass

Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Etched Glass and Brass Sconces
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of brass double hurricane sconces by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Each solid brass sconce has a double hurricane shade, with the inner shade being a milk glass cup, and the o...
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Heathered Taupe and Striped Pottery Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Modernist urn form table lamp with a heathered glaze pottery body, footed wood base and brass spacer. Brass stem with a three socket up light mechanism that was a Lightolier hallmark...
Category

1960s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Related Items
Lightolier Sixteen-Arm, Black Lacquer Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel

1940s Gilt Tole & Crystal Italian Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1940s Italian Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

1940s Twelve-Arm Murano Deep Champagne Glass Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Murano Glass

1940s Rock Crystal Spheres and Brass Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Crystal, Rock Crystal

Lightolier Silver Italian Six-Arm Chandelier
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Silver Plate

Lightolier Spun Aluminum Eight-Light Modernist Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel, Glass

Gaetano Sciolari Chrome and Smoked Glass Five-Arm Chandelier
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

20th Century Italian Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Glass, Brass

Pair of 1940s Lightolier Emerald Green Glass Obelisk Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

1960s Six-Arm Crystal Snowflake Chrome Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s Canadian Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Crystal

Italian Chrome and Crystal Ten-Arm Waterfall Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Chrome

Brushed Nickel and Raindrop Bubble Crystals Eight-Arm Chandelier
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1970s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Nickel, Crystal

More Lightolier Furniture