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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.

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Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier, Carl Moser 1
Located in Hingham, MA
From Lightolier's Claremont Collection circa 1956 we present this show stopping domed shaped ceiling fixture with 13 curved brass sputnik arms and cones for candelabra sockets, each ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Gino Sarfatti for Lightolier Astral Sputnik
By Lightolier, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Hingham, MA
In 1939 Gino Sarfatti first designed his 'Fuoco d'artificio' chandelier but it wasn't until 1957 that it became commonly known as the Sputnik. It was the inspiration behind his 1954 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Brass and Glass Rods Floor Lamp
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Dazzling floor lamp by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier in brass with multiple glass rods. Illumination comes both from a single socket above for standard size Edison screw cap bu...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Pull-Down Pendant
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
SATURDAY SALE Boston Design Center Original Lightolier pendant, circa 1958 designed by Gerald Thurston who was clearly influenced by Gino Sarfatti and Gaetano Sciolari. This pendant...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Square Brass Lightolier Flush Mount Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Glass Rod & Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
Glamorous 1970's chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. Substantial polished brass frame with six staggered triangular form clusters of suspended 16 inch glass rods which pr...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Lightolier Multi-Color Acrylic Sphere Pendant
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Lightolier pendant spherical in form composed of blue and green acrylic sections around a cylindrical center, Inspired by an original design by Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Metal

Mid-Century Lightolier Pacemaker Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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