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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.

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Creator: Lightolier
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 ...
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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

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

Impeccable Extendable Arm Lumilux Study Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable extendable arm Lumilux study lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Brushed brass base with original one-piece molded shade-diffuser in excellent condition, circa 1970.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

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...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

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.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Early and Rare Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare adjustable floor, reading, lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Iconic saucer shade lams in creme/tan color, with brass elements. The saucer shade tilts, while the t...
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1950s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Reflector Table Lamps by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice reflector tubular lamp, in white enamel mate finish and black base, in perfect condition the light bulb projects to the top and a reflector, projects the light outside, in a bla...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

1950s Pendant from Paavo Tynell / Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, USA
By Gerald Thurston, Paavo Tynell, Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Paavo Tynell collaborated for a short period of time for Lightolier in the 50s . Gerald Thurston was head designer for them for a widespread period during some of the the most prolif...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Space Crystal Half Sputnik Ceiling Light by Motoko Ishii
By Motoko Ishii, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
From the Space Crystal collection designed by Motoko Ishii, the multi-award winning savant of architectural lighting, created in 1972 for West German firm Staff Leuchten. This robus...
Category

1970s American Space Age Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Vintage Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Elegant black lacquer sixteen-light chandelier by Lightolier. The chandelier is comprised of eight spokes radiating out from the centre disc, with each bar holding two lights on a cu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier 30 Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Mid-Century Modern lightolier 30 light sputnik chandelier, circa 1960s. Features 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central chrome nucleus. I...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Wrought Iron, Brass

Lightolier Lucite and Glass Rod Fixture, 1970s
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Flush mount ceiling fixture or wall sconce in Lucite with glass rods all around by Lightolier, American, 1970s. The light diffuses through the glass rods beautifully.
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Articulating Desk Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Charleston, SC
Super cool vintage Lightolier desk lamp. It’s perfect for the mid-century modern office! Sleek design and clean lines. Made from hard plastic composition mostly aside from the neck a...
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1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Lightolier 1950s Pendant Lights in Perforated Aluminum
By Lightolier
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Three Lightolier aluminum pendant lights, circa early 1950s. These examples have Lightolier's iconic perforated aluminum frames and are all original. Price listed is for one light.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum

Lightolier Midcentury Atomic Pendant Light
By Lightolier
Located in San Diego, CA
Lightolier midcentury, vintage atomic style pendant. The frame is metal (shiny chrome) with clear bulbs (Light Bulbs included). Style and design in this space age inspired pendant. L...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

4' Lightolier Chrome Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
4 lovely American polished chrome Lightolier Chrome sconces from the 1960s. Wired with 1 E26 medium based socket per sconce. Wired for use in the USA. They can also be wired for use ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Midcentury Modern Floor Lamp with Articulating Pivoting Shades by Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Three shade floor lamp with pivoting heads. Classic Lightolier styling in minimal form. Each individually controlled. In original working condition with normal age related wear. Sign...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Glass Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Winter Park, FL
A large Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Lightolier. Reverse painted stripes in fuchsia and pale pink created to look like hand blown Murano glass. Original base and glass reflector....
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Tic Tac Toe Chandelier Light Fixture by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Lafayette, IN
Rare "Tic-Tac-Toe" light fixture by Sydney C. Dorner for the Lightolier custom division. Fixture features 12 bulbs, a tubular chrome "tic tac toe" grid, and square ceiling plate. A u...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

White Floor Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Wien, AT
White floor lamp by Lightolier Original condition.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Steel

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

Lightolier Tripod Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
Lightolier, "Young Moderns" collection circa 1955. This modernist table lamp is fully complete with the proper feet, original 3-way power socket and is in excellent condition. The bu...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Cubic Chandeliers by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Understated rectangular down light chandeliers by Lightolier comprised of a cluster of four brushed anodized copper colored aluminum shades, overall height is 36" and can be adj...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Young Moderns Table Lamp by Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
Lightolier, "Young Moderns" collection circa 1955. This modernist table lamp is fully complete with the proper feet, original 3-way power socket and is in excellent condition. The tw...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Silver Plated Midcentury Chandelier, Lightolier, Italy, 1960s
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Vienna, AT
An impressive Modernist chandelier from the 1960s, designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightoiler, Italy. Made from silvered brass. The chandelier has three arms and offers nine light s...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Silver

Vintage Lightolier Articulating Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Lightolier articulating floor lamp Signed on underside Base is 13" diameter.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Wood

Lightolier Chandelier in the Style of Paavo Tynell
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant seven lights chandelier made by Lightolier in 1950s. Has six branches with lights and one light in the middle inside the perforated metal cone. With the drop of only 24" will...
Category

1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Spiral Chandelier by Lightolier, circa 1969
By Lightolier
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Spiral chandelier by Lightolier, circa 1969. Black enameled metal spiral frame with white candle like sleeves. Includes ceiling plate. Measures: Height 41.5 in. x dimension 19.5 in.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

1960s Lightolier Sputnik Chandelier in Chrome with Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
A large-scale chrome frame Sputnik chandelier, produced circa 1960s by Lightolier, with surrounding glass globe shades, radiating from a central nucleus. Very good vintage condition,...
Category

1960s Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Lightolier Chandelier after Gino Sarfatti in Perforated Brass and Frosted Glass
By Lightolier, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Dallas, TX
Stunning large-scale polished brass chandelier manufactured by Lightolier in the 1950s. The fixture consists of eight perforated brass bowls with frosted glass diffusers concentrical...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Brass Floor Lamp Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very good looking mid century floor lamp made by Lightolier USA. It features a tapering brass column over a black enamel base, the original molded cellulose shade with removable pe...
Category

1950s Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

Thurston for Lightolier Table Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Pair of Gerald Thurston Fin Lamps for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
A pair of parabolic fin table lamps by Gerard Thurston. Stoneware body is made up of four fin like shapes that have alternating concave Navy and light turquoise glaze. Porcelain sits...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Flush Mount
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four cube flush mount fixture newly rewired for four standard light bulbs.
Category

1960s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of 1970s Lightolier Aluminium Metal Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 1970s Lightolier brushed aluminium metal table lamps with three-light each.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Aluminum, Chrome

Four Lightolier Alabaster Brass Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Four Lightolier curved alabaster sconces with brass fittings and brass plated trim backplates. Each sconce uses single 60 watt regular A size bulb. New old stock. These can also be p...
Category

Late 20th Century American Lightolier

Materials

Alabaster, Brass

Lightolier Chromed Metal Woven Ribbon Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in East Hampton, NY
Lightolier chromed metal woven ribbon light pendant. Cord measures 13".
Category

1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Large Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass, Iron and Glass Chandelier
By Stilnovo, Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier, Gerald Thurston, Sciolari Lighting
Located in Houston, TX
Rare large Mid-Century Modern chandelier by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This stunning modernist chandelier is comprised of a brass and iron frame, large glass bobeches and brass ...
Category

1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Iron

1970s Lightolier 16-Arm Chrome Sputnik Style Chandelier with Glass Shade , Usa
By Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
16 mouth blowed glass shade sitting on a deep chrome finish structure from Lightolier. Each shade measure 5 in. diameter. Solid, well made construction. Use 16 candelabra E12 s...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Multi-Light Frosted Glass Pendant Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage hanging ceiling mount pendant light chandelier circa 1960's labeled Lightolier. This unique fixture features 5 sculptural white frosted glass shades suspended at different le...
Category

1960s Scandinavian Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Brass

Lightolier 1960s Black Metal and Wood Desk or Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black metal desk or table lamp by Lightolier from the 1960s with wood and brass details.
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Metal

1950s Gerald Thurston Triennale Floor Lamp for Lightolier, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in London, GB
Gerald Thurston Triennale floor lamp for Lightolier. Original dusky pink enameled frame and base with brass detailing. In good vintage condition showing expected signs of wear comme...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal

G. Thurston Porcelain Three-Tiered Table Lamp, Lightolier, 1950s, USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Huge in size and presence but elegant and refined with its prime quality dark brown porcelain bowl, brass hardware and accent. Measure 41 inches high to finial tips. Three regular ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Porcelain Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, 1950s
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Stamford, CT
Speckled porcelain and brass table lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightiolier, circa 1950-1959. Completely rewired, newly white linen shade included. Other designers of the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Set of Three Lightolier Eyeball Track Lighting Fixtures Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic set of three signed Lightolier chrome eyeball track lighting fixtures. The track is not included-contemporary track work with these vintage light heads. We do have in total...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Brass & Glass Pinwheel Three Bulb Vanity Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern three bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polishe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

1960s Huge Gerald Thurston 3 Lights Tall Table Lamp , USA
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
30 in. tall table lamp from Gerald Thurston for Lightolier . Original shade measure 18 in. wide by 7 in. high . Contain 3 E26 size ceramic socket rated at 60 watts each . ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Brass

Paavo Tynell Starry Sky 9068 Lamp by Lightolier Midcentury Island Nook Pendant
By Paavo Tynell, Lightolier
Located in Hyattsville, MD
US WIRED, from a Washington DC estate. Rare ceiling downlight, or could be outfitted to be hung as a pendant. This is a USA Lightolier version uses an anodized aluminum grate diff...
Category

1960s American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Steel

Vintage Yellow Lightolier Pencil Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Esperance, NY
Vintage yellow lightolier pencil floor lamp.
Category

1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Wood

Lightolier Lytegem off White Task Lamp
By Michael Lax, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Lytegem lamp in off-white with spherical metal shade, cube base and chrome arm. Designed by Michael Lax for Lightolier. USA, circa 1990. Named by the late Industrial designer Jay ...
Category

1990s American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier

Materials

Metal

Graduated Pastel Cone Cluster Pendants by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern pendant lights featuring a graduated cluster of three pastel pink, blue and white, perforated cones on brass poles mounted on circular plates. Four clusters are av...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Brass

Lightolier Acrylic Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American 1970s acrylic dome table lamp by Lightolier. Rewired with single E26 medium based socket. Currently wired for use in the US. Light bulb included in order. Measurements: He...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass, Steel

Lightolier Vitrolite Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare lightolier "Coolie Hat" lamp with brass tripod supports, vitrolite base and tilt and swivel lacquered metal shade with decorative brass finial designed in 1951.
Category

1950s American Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Signed Lightolier White Ceramic Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning and coveted white ceramic eight light chandelier by Lightolier. A true period piece with the rare white ceramic shades - eight in all. Wired for USA and in perfect working ...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage Red Lightolier Pencil Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage red Lightolier pencil shaped floor lamp is fun and brings flair to any room. Likely from the 1970s, it has a red painted base with wood tip and brass socket. Looks great...
Category

Late 20th Century Post-Modern Lightolier

Materials

Wood

Lightolier Glass Rods 'Radiance' Ten Lights Chandelier , 1980s , USA
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Classic 80s Lightolier chandelier from their Radiance line . Two row of light catching optical quality glass rods sitting on a nickel plated pierced steel plate. Contain 10 E12 ...
Category

1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier

Materials

Nickel

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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