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Lightolier (USA)
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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Gaetano Sciolari Chrome Bird Cage Pendant for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
This chrome cage pendant by Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994) for Lightolier's "See-Through" series, was literally NOS New Old Stock, circa 1976. We found it still in its original box shi...
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1970s American Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Motoko Ishii Chrome Sputnik for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Motoko Ishii
Located in Hingham, MA
From the Space Crystal collection designed by Motoko Ishii, the multi-award winning savant of architectural lighting, created in 1972 for West German firm Staff Leuchten.. This UL ...
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1970s American Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier, Carl Moser 1
Located in Hingham, MA
From Lightolier's Claremont Collection circa 1953 (see image 20) we present this show stopping domed shaped ceiling fixture with 13 curved brass sputnik arms and cones for candelabra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Multi Tubular Brass Wall Light
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, 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

Materials

Brass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Brass and Glass Rods Floor Lamp
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
Category

1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Glass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Pull-Down Pendant
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

Square Brass Lightolier Flush Mount Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
1960s polished brass square flush mount ceiling light by Lightolier which uses sixteen 7 watt bistro globe bulbs for a total of 112 watts.. Bulbs included are G50 7 Watt 120V Inc...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Glass Rod & Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Lightolier Multi-Color Acrylic Sphere Pendant
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Lightolier Pacemaker Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Lightolier flying saucer ceiling light, suspended flush mount, brass and enameled curved glass with gold flecks. Takes up to 3 100 watt bulbs. Note pull-chain next to center lens. ...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier

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15 Light Sciolari Chandelier in Chrome & Lucite
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Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Pull-Down Pendant
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
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Gaetano Sciolari Multi Tubular Brass Wall Light
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
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Lightolier Multi-Color Acrylic Sphere Pendant
By Lightolier
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Space Age Chrome & Opaline Globe Chandelier by Sciolari for Boulanger
Located in Hingham, MA
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1970s Belgian Space Age Vintage Lightolier

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Chrome, Opaline Glass

Sciolari for Boulanger Brass Spiral Pendant with Golden Globes
Located in Hingham, MA
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Colorful Lightolier Pendant after Angelo Lelli
By Arredoluce, Angelo Lelii
Located in Hingham, MA
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

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Acrylic, Opaline Glass

Previously Available Items
1950's Lightolier Oversize Flush Mount Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Another well executed vintage design from Lightolier with extra large curved clear glass bowl with enameled geometric design then an inner smaller white opaque satin glass diffusor w...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Gaetano Sciolari "Scultura" Chandelier for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Hingham, MA
Modern brutalist 15 bulb chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier made of vertical chrome tubes, brushed aluminum arches with white enamel embellishments. 30" diameter...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Pair of 1970s Lightolier 8960 Interplay II Wall or Desk Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
1970s Italian designed Space Age plastic eclipse lamps in the form of an astronaut helmet with adjustable opaque 'visor' diffusors to control the light. The Interplay I (aka Selene)...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Plastic

1960s Brass Bubble Globe Flush Mount Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Groovy 1960s ceiling mounted light fixture by Lightolier with four clear glass globe lights on brass horn stems. Four standard Edison screw sockets for bulbs up to 75 watts each. Ver...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass Tripod Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Very scarce brass tripod floor lamp with three colored cone lights designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, circa 1953. Brass switch os on the tapered brass hub where the three...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Pair of Alabaster Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage pair of demi-hemi-spherical wall mounted up-lighters with polished brass ball mounts. Alabaster imported from Spain. Apparently unused condition. Labeled UL certified. Each t...
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1970s American Art Deco Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Alabaster, Brass

  • Pair of Alabaster Sconces by Lightolier
  • Pair of Alabaster Sconces by Lightolier
  • Pair of Alabaster Sconces by Lightolier
  • Pair of Alabaster Sconces by Lightolier
H 7 in. W 13.75 in. D 6.5 in.
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 ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass