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Lightolier Furniture

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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Mid-Century Modern Cubist Wall Light in Chrome by Gaetano Sciolari, Italy
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern sconce featuring six handcut-glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished chrome with cubist design and chrome ball fittings. Can be is mounted vertically or h...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Blown Glass, Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Cube Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Blown Glass

Hollywood Regency Sculptural Lucite and Brass Wall Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Lucite, Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Brass and Glass Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Brass, Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Miami, FL
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Cut Glass, Chrome

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Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Glass Sconce by Peill & Putzler, circa 1970s
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Pair of Mid-Century Modern White Murano Glass Sconces by Leucos, Italy
By Leucos, Roberto Pamio & Renato Toso
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Mid-Century Modern Cantilevered Side Table in Chrome, Italy, 1970s
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Mid-Century Modern Uplight Sconces by Sergio Mazza for Artemide, 1960s
By Artemide, Sergio Mazza
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Glass Sconces by Kalmar, 1960s
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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