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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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Pr. Hollywood Regency Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Glamorous pair of Hollywood Regency style sconces by Lightolier. These exquisite sconces have cast brass frames with clear figured glass shades. Both are in exceptional original cond...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Thurston for Lightolier Torchiere
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Classic mid century torchiere floor lamp, designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. This stunning lamp features a black base from which emanate three rods that splay out and supp...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

Adjustable Floor Lamp by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Very sexy adjustable floor, or reading lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This example has a swivel, tilt disk shade (shade 14 in. diameter.) which is attached to a cur...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

6-Arm 12-Light Chrome Spoke Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Mod chrome spoke form chandelier having 6 up lights and 6 down. The chandelier can be used with all 12 bulbs or top or bottom only. Total height without chain 18 inch x 32 inch with ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Stylish architectural table lamp designed by Gerald Thurston. The lamp has a white ribbed conical base with a brass decorative ball shaft. The lamp accepts three standard size screw ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Pair of Chrome Ball Pin Up Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Ceramic Lamps by Thurston
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Very stylish and sophisticated pair of ceramic lamps, designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. The ceramic body has an Aztec influence motif, each mounted on a solid wood plinth ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Floral Chandelier by Lightolier after Tynell
By Lightolier, Paavo Tynell
Located in New York, NY
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Pair of Lightolier Torcheres in White on White Finish
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of white on white torcheres by Lightolier, after Max Bill. Both are in good, working condition, both show some cosmetic wear to finish and have minor misshaped shades. The lamps...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Tension Pole Floor Lamp by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable tension pole lamp manufactured by Lightolier, designed by Gerald Thurston. This example features an adjustable parchment disk shade (adjusts in height and tilts in directi...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Faceted Chrome Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Modernist chrome hanging fixture by Lightolier (marked). This chandelier has eight triangular panels each 8" W at base. The fixture shows some cosmetic wear to the finish, specifical...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Ceramic and Brass Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Elegant and chic, quilted ceramic body with brass base and top. Excellent overall condition, slight bruise on brass base, as shown. Base accepts three bulbs to provide ample light. S...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Thurston for Lightolier Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Classic Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Mid-Century Modern table lamp. Brass colored metal with faux wood insert trim, on teardrop form base. Working, clean, original condition, shows...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Gerald Thurston design for Lightolier Mid-Century floor lamp. Three iron rods with brass ball centre joint and single iron rod top. This example shows cosmetic wear to the finish, as...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Wrought Iron, Brass

Large Thurston for Lightolier Six Light Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Six cone form shades hang from a centre spoke form structural element. Each shade has its original concentric ring glass diffuser in place. Chandelier is in clean, original working c...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Gerald Thurston Lightolier Fixtures
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Stylish pair of banded glass chandeliers designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Both are in fine, original, working condition. Both show minor cosmetic wear, normal and consiste...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Glass

Six-Light Spoke and Can Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Matte black spoke form chandelier, with original seed glass ball globe shades. Included, but not pictured, original chain and canopy height to top of fixture without chain 21" x 5" d...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Three-Light Modernist Cascading Smoked Glass Chandelier after Panton
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Three smoked glass outer shades surround interior textured clear glass cylinder diffuser shade. Each shade hangs from center metal ceiling cap. Working, original condition, very mino...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Modernist Chrome and Glass Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Interesting bent chrome elements form the "woven" surface. This structure lets light out from the top, sides and bottom. The interior, white enamel surface, surround the original fro...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Brutalist Chandelier in Chromed Plastic
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Bright "chrome" finish over cast plastic, in the Brutalist style. Three rings surround six lights, manufactured by "Lightolier" includes original chain and canopy. Total Drop 54" Fi...
Category

1970s American Brutalist Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Plastic

Three-Light Tubular Glass Cascading Form Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Interesting glass panel cylindrical form three light chandelier. probably Lightolier, after Ponti. Two cylinder shades have white, orange, and dark grey panels, one has yellow, white...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Five Light Lightolier White on White Molecule Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Space age tubular steel construction, in original white finish. Five sockets, which accept standard bulbs allowing for a variety of choices including the white ball bulbs shown, or c...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Lightolier Gooseneck Desk Reading Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable desk, reading lamp. Classic Post Modern design in the Italian School.
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Category

1960s Swiss Vintage Lightolier

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Previously Available Items
Architectural Articulating Floor Reading Lamp by Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Classic floor, reading lamp, designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. The lamp has several adjustments, including height, and angle of disk shade. The disk shade can be rotated o...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Lightolier Torchiere
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Classic 1950's Black and Brass uplight by Lightolier, attributed to Thurston. Original and working condition.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

  • Lightolier Torchiere
  • Lightolier Torchiere
  • Lightolier Torchiere
  • Lightolier Torchiere
H 63.5 in. Dm 9.5 in.
Thurston Tri Cone Floor Lamps
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Two three-light floor lamps, designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, each having hooded cone lights ( 8.5 inch L x 5.5 inch Dia. ) which have independent on/off switches, and are...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

  • Thurston Tri Cone Floor Lamps
  • Thurston Tri Cone Floor Lamps
  • Thurston Tri Cone Floor Lamps
  • Thurston Tri Cone Floor Lamps
H 64 in. Dm 18 in. L 64 in.
Adjustable Floor Lamp with Saucer Shade by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. The lamp is adjustable in height (43 inch in lowest position x 53 inch in highest position) the disk saucer shade wi...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

Mid Century Desk Lamp by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern adjustable desk lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. The lamp has a saucer disk shade ( 12 in diameter. ) which tilts and pivots, and the support arm (...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

5 light Lightolier Sputnik Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Five white glass ball shades, mount on a bright chrome fixture. Diminutive scale makes this perfect for a foyer, hallway, or small space. Total Dia 12' each ball shade 5"- D
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Rare Lightolier Sconce in Original Box
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Lightolier Sconce - Anodized Aluminum adjustable louvered shade to control the amount of light. Well designed, probably by Gino Sarfatti, or Thurston, but undocumented.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

  • Rare Lightolier Sconce in Original Box
  • Rare Lightolier Sconce in Original Box
  • Rare Lightolier Sconce in Original Box
  • Rare Lightolier Sconce in Original Box
H 4 in. W 11 in. D 4.5 in.
Pair of Hanging Cylinder Tube Light Fixtures
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Offering two cylindrical hanging light fixtures. The middle section is frosted white glass, top and bottom elements are metal with wood veneer. Both include original ceiling canopies...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Thurston design for Lightolier floor lamp. White shade, shaft, and base, brass arm. The disk shade pivots and the shaft extends to help position the light. Lamp in extended position...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

  • Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
  • Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
  • Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
  • Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
H 55 in. W 15 in. D 18 in.
Smoked Glass and Brass Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Four sides project from the center post, each side has five oval form graduated beveled glass panels. Wonderful scale and presence, great working condition.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Chrome Lightolier Flush Mount Bubble Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Stylish chrome and glass ball drop chandelier. The circular chrome disk mounts to the ceiling crystal balls hang from chains as decoration, with three smoked glass ball globes which ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Cool Postmodern Gerald Thurston design for Lightolier floor lamp, in extra clean, original and working condition. The lamp has a white plastic shade and two-tone metal base. Measure...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

  • Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
  • Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
  • Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
  • Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
H 51.5 in. W 13.5 in. D 17 in.