Skip to main content

Lightolier

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.

Average Sold Price
$1,909
Styles
Materials
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Walnut and Brass Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sculpted walnut and brass table / desk lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Includes the original plastic shade and perforated, acrylic diffuser. Very good, vintage con...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Pendant Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in San Antonio, TX
Beautiful pendant light by Lightolier made of brass and features a thick lens diffuser. This mid-century pendant light is in great overall condition.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Reflector Table Lamps by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice reflector tubular lamp, in white enamel mate finish and black base, in perfect condition the light bulb projects to the top and a reflector, projects the light outside, in a bla...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Lightolier Directional Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four (4) Amazing spherical/bowl shaped Directional sconces from Lightolier of the USA in steel and brass. Different levels of patinated finish on the surface of shades. Shades rotate...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
H 7 in. W 7 in. D 8.5 in.
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Desk Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gerald Thurston desk lamp for Lightolier, c.1960's, USA. This lamp features an adjustable and bendable gooseneck with blush colored metal shade containing a perforated detailing arou...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Pewter

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Lamp, circa 1960
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern porcelain and brass lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Some patina to Brass. Holds 3 lightbulbs. Want to see more beautiful things? Scroll down below and clic...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Porcelain

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Glass Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Winter Park, FL
A large Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Lightolier. Reverse painted stripes in fuchsia and pale pink created to look like hand blown Murano glass. Original base and glass reflector....
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Glass

1970s American Craftsman Style Walnut Floor Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Four sided floor lamp evoking a Japanese Shoji screen. The frame of solid walnut set on an ebonized recessed plinth base with the frame having a grid pattern of solid birch strips fr...
Category

1970s American American Craftsman Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Birch, Walnut

Browse all Furniture from Lightolier
Shop Now

Lightolier Sellers

Barbarella Home
4.8 / 5
Designers Den
5 / 5
Assemblage Ltd.
4.9 / 5
BG Galleries
4.9 / 5
Showplace - Luxury - Art - Design - Vintage
4.8 / 5
Klassik Design
4.8 / 5
BLEND INTERIORS
4.9 / 5

Creators Similar to Lightolier

Lightolier Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Lightolier Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Lightolier Furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 308 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Lightolier were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture from Laurel Lamp Company, Gordon & Jane Martz and Gerald Thurston, if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for lightolier furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$249 and tops out at US$12,850, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,200 on average.
Questions About Lightolier
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021
    A good desk lamp is going to make a substantial difference in any home, office or studio. The ideal desk lamp should provide apt task lighting, be easy to use, and also be aesthetically pleasing. Find a wide range of unique and elegant desk lamps on 1stDibs today.