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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 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 (...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Adjustable Mid Century Floor Lamp with Disk Shade by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Adjustable Floor Lamp with Saucer Shade by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

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 ...
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Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Ceramic

Mod Three-Light Floor Lamp Designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Mod style floor lamp having three independent hood shades ( each hood shade 7 in L x 6 in Dia. ) each shade can be directed to point light and each has its' own on/off switch. Groovy...
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Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Lightolier Furniture

Pair of Chrome Ball Pin Up Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of pin up sconces by Lightolier, each having an adjustable chrome ball hood shade (6 inch diameter). The sconces accept standard screwing incandescent bulbs, and are in good wor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Ceramic Lamps by Thurston
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Floral Chandelier by Lightolier after Tynell
By Paavo Tynell, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and chic floral motif chandelier manufactured by Lightolier, after Tynell. 12 exterior candle lights and four interior lights, which can be switched on/off independently to a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Tension Pole Floor Lamp by Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Ceramic and Brass Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Ceramic

Thurston for Lightolier Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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 Furniture

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...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Plastic

Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

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 Furniture

Materials

Steel

Lightolier Gooseneck Desk Reading Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces - Swiss made for Lightolier - hard to find the sconces from this series. 29.5 " tall with bulbs 18" wide with bulbs Back plate is 20" tall X 6"...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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