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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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Mid-Century Modern Cubist Wall Light in Chrome by Gaetano Sciolari, Italy
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, 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

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Blown Glass, Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Cube Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Blown Glass

Hollywood Regency Sculptural Lucite and Brass Wall Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Lucite

Pair of Mid-Century Brass and Glass Sconces by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Cut Glass, Chrome

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Mid-Century Modern Chrome Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
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Mid-Century Modern Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
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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

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Pair of Mid-Century Modern White Murano Glass Sconces by Leucos, Italy
By Roberto Pamio & Renato Toso, Leucos Design Lab
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Mid-Century Modern Uplight Sconces by Sergio Mazza for Artemide, 1960s
By Artemide, Sergio Mazza
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Murano Glass, Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Glass Sconces by Kalmar, 1960s
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Murano Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Fluted Glass Sconces by Archemide Seguso
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Previously Available Items
Mid-Century Modern Brass Wall Light with Cubist Design by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern wall light with cubist design. Sconce features six cube glass block shades with a polished brass frame, and brass ball accents. Can be is mounted vertically or hor...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Cubist Glass and Brass Wall Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern wall light featuring four cubist glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished brass with handcut glass and brass ball fittings. Can be is mounted vertically or...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Pair of Cubist Wall Sconces in Brass & Glass by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier
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Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of ultra-modernist wall lights featuring four cubist glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished brass with hand-cut glass design and brass ball fittings. Can be is mounted...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

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Mid-Century Modern Brass Vanity Light Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-century modern wall light with cubist design. Sconce features six handcrafted block glass shades with a polished brass frame, and brass ball accents. Can be is mounted verticall...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

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Brass

Pair of Art Deco Style Alabaster Sconces with Half Dome Design
By Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of fine alabaster sconces with Art Deco inspired design by Lightolier. The sconces have a half dome design which function as uplights. The light also shines through the alabast...
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20th Century American Lightolier

Mid-Century Cubist Vanity Light in Chrome by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Outstanding Mid-Century Modern wall light featuring six hand-cut-glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished chrome with cubist glass design and chrome ball fittings. Can be is ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Elegant Blown Geometric Glass and Nickel Ceiling Lights by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Exquisite pair of hand blown glass flush mount fixtures with geometric recessed circle design. The fixtures have polished nickel frames and fittings. Perfect scale for entry way, ha...
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Glass Rod Pendant Chandeliers by Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pair of modernist glass rod pendant lights by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. The fixtures have a lantern style design featuring numerous glass rods that independently suspend from ...
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Cubist Mid Century Modern Flush Mount by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid Century Modern flush mount fixture with cubist design. Square form comprised of a chrome frame, fitted with a grid of nine thick beveled block glass shades. Hand blown with ice ...
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Hollywood Regency Waterfall Glass Rod Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern flush mount chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. Chandelier has hexagon frame in chrome with stylized three-sided brass centre fittings that fea...
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Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Cubist Wall Light in Chrome by Gaetano Sciolari, Italy
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, 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...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Wall Light with Large Glass Block Shades by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Outstanding Mid-Century Modern wall light with Cubist design. The sconce features three large hand cut-glass block shades with ice glass design and bubble details. Lights have stream...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

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Chrome