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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 vintage Lightolier lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the 1970s, 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 lamps, 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 floor lamp. 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 1970s 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.

Find a collection of vintage Lightolier lamps and other lighting fixtures on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$1,947
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Materials
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....
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Glass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier "Skyscraper" Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Highland, IN
This striking Sciolari flush-mounted chandelier by Lightolier has five square groupings of cascading glass rods in two tiers which surround the lights and reminds us of an inverted s...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Lightolier

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Brass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier glass rod and brass two-tiered waterfall flush mount chandelier. Chrome-plated hexagonal ceiling mount with six brass plated reverse trefoil fitters. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome, Brass

White Globe Table Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Denton, TX
White globe table lamp with a "Tulip" base by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Pair of 1960s Lightolier Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
An original pair of 1960s polished brass and black enamel Regency style American wall lights. Rewired.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of 1960s Lightolier Sconces
  • Pair of 1960s Lightolier Sconces
  • Pair of 1960s Lightolier Sconces
  • Pair of 1960s Lightolier Sconces
H 5.12 in. W 3.15 in. D 2.37 in.
8 Units of New Old Stock from Lightolier 1980s Louvered Wall Sconces , USA
By Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
In sealed, marked Lightolier box. Model 6569 Well designed, made with thick metal, powder coated in a matte/semi gloss light beige and dark brown tone. Solid, sturdy construct...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Brass & Glass Pinwheel Three Bulb Vanity Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern three bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polishe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Bubble Pendants by Gino Sarfatti and Archimede Seguso for Lightolier
By Archimede Seguso, Lightolier, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Priced individually. Italian modern Bubble Pendant Lamps by Gino Sarfatti in collaboration with artisan Archimede Seguso for Lightolier. These exquisite 1950s glass pendants consist ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Blown Glass

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Lightolier furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Lightolier furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Lightolier collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 295 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Lightolier's original furniture was created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture from Laurel Lamp Company, Gordon & Jane Martz and Gerald Thurston if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Lightolier furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $249 and tops out at $21,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,217 on average.
Questions About Lightolier
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Lightolier was founded in 1904 by Bernhard Blitzer and the name is a combination of the words “light” and “chandelier.” Lightolier specializes in elaborate and decorative chandeliers, but they also produce a style of lamps that combine functionality with a lively aesthetic. Browse a collection of Lightolier lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Lightolier is still in business. Founded in 1904 and made popular by its electric lighting designs, Lightolier, a contraction of the words light and chandelier, can still be found in stores today. You can also shop Lightolier goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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