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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
$1,715
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Materials
20th Century American Polished Brass Lightolier Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A tall, vintage Mid-Century Modern American table lamp made of hand crafted polished brass, designed by Gerald Thurston and produced by Lightolier, in good condition. The desk light ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Marble, Metal, Brass

Pair of Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of sconces by Lightolier. Manufactured in the U.S. circa 1950's. Enameled aluminum. We recommend one E27 100w maximum bulb per fixture. Bulbs not included.
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum

  • Pair of Sconces by Lightolier
  • Pair of Sconces by Lightolier
  • Pair of Sconces by Lightolier
  • Pair of Sconces by Lightolier
H 12 in. W 6.5 in. D 7 in.
Gerald Thurston Dual Shade Brass Desk Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier crossed swords desk lamp with brass rimmed Raffia Barrel Shades, 1950's. Featuring dual arms in Brass with adjusting, dual Brass rimmed, intertwined Ra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

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...
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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.
1970s Spiral Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A matte black metal ceiling fixture having straight slender arms extending outwardly from its vertical post in a spiral effect inspired by Poul Kjaerholm, circa 1960.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Modernist Chrome Chandelier or Pendant Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Modernist Chrome Chandelier or Pendant Lamp by Lightolier, circa 1960's. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a chandelier, or as a pendant light or fixture. Sculptural ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

1950s Gerald Thurston Sputnik Pendant, Lightolier, Usa
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Gerald Thurston pendant made of brass plated pierced aluminium shade, sputnik enameled black steel rod toped with solid brass ball, completed with an opale convex glass diffuser unde...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

20 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...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

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Lightolier Sellers

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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.

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