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.

Pair of 1970s Louvered Cube Wall Sconces by Lightolier
Pair of 1970s Louvered Cube Wall Sconces by Lig...
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
A very handsome pair of 1970s modern wall sconces by Lightolier, with louvered open cube design, having a white interior shade, layered with a dark grey outer shade. Great design.
1950s Gerald Thurston Brass Table Lamp with Enameled Shade, USA
1950s Gerald Thurston Brass Table Lamp with Ena...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Brass table lamp with an olive green enameled shade and counterweight. Acrylic diffuser under. Shade measure 13 inches diameter. On/Off rotating switch on shade. Regula...
Pair of Chrome and Walnut Lamps by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
Pair of Chrome and Walnut Lamps by Gerald Thurs...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Chrome, Walnut
Exquisite pair of walnut and chrome tripod or star base table lamps by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Shown with new custom made linen shades, Included in price. Chrome is very g...
1970s Lightolier 16-Arm Chrome Sputnik Style Chandelier with Glass Shade , Usa
1970s Lightolier 16-Arm Chrome Sputnik Style Ch...
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Blown Glass, Chrome
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...
1950s Gerald Thurston Pierced Flush Mount, USA
1950s Gerald Thurston Pierced Flush Mount, USA
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount
Aluminum, Brass
Enameled beige pierced flush mount with brass plated hardware and canopy. Shade measure 8.5 inches wide. Contain one E26 size socket rated at 60 watt max.
Glass Rods Ten Lights  Chandelier  'Radiance 1'  from Lightolier  , 1980s, USA
Glass Rods Ten Lights Chandelier 'Radiance 1'...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Nickel
Classic 80s Lightolier chandelier from their Radiance line . Four row of light catching optical quality glass rods sitting on a nickel plated pierced steel-plate. Well made solid ...
Vintage Desk Lamp by Lightolier, Model 'Baton' by Michael Lax, 1960s
Vintage Desk Lamp by Lightolier, Model 'Baton' ...
Lightolier
Vintage 1960s North American Minimalist Table Lamps
Metal
Adjustable two lightpoint desk lamp designed by Michael Lax for Lightolier. De lamp is made of plastic and brass. Both lamps can be illuminated separatly. The lamp is ultra adj...
Rare Colorful Gerald Thurston Floor Lamp
Rare Colorful Gerald Thurston Floor Lamp
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
A rare nine-shade, tripod floor lamp designed by legendary post-war designer Gerald Thurston for lightolier with black, white and red shades. Thurston's sleek, iconic lamps are covet...
Sputnik Style Chandelier by Lightolier
Sputnik Style Chandelier by Lightolier
Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Chrome
Eight globe chandelier from the 1960s ready to light up your space for the next 50 years. Height can be lengthened with new chain.
Lightolier Brass Pendant Light or Chandelier
Lightolier
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Fantastic 1970s brass pendant light with a sleek shape.
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Tall Turned Waln...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Walnut
Substantial Gerald Thurston for Lightolier walnut table lamp with vertical brass inlay, circa 1960. Featuring a turned walnut bottle form with bright brass accents and round brass ba...
Gerald Thurston for Lightoilier Brass & Wood Tr...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Fabric, Walnut
Slender American midcentury Gerald Thurston for Lightolier brass and walnut lamp with new white linen shade. Featuring a trio of brass legs, walnut stem, diffuser and triple sockets....
Sciolari Brass and Chrome Cage Pendant Light by...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Chrome
This striking pendant light or chandelier was designed in the 1960s by Sciolari for Lightolier and is playfully reminiscent of the Slinky toy of our childhoods. Featuring brass rings...
Pair of Tommi Parzinger Urn Table Lamps, Circa ...
Tommi Parzinger, Lightolier
Vintage 1940s American Table Lamps
Metal
Elegant pair of Tommi Parzinger neoclassical urn shaped, silver-plated table lamps for Lightolier's Heritage Silver collection, circa 1940s, USA, unmarked. Openings in top and rear. ...
Lightolier Table Lamp
Lightolier, Maurizio Tempestini
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Adjustable table lamp by Maurizio Tempestini for Lightolier. A rare and dynamic model by Tempestini. Painted wood base, carved ash standard that supports brass rods with a flexible c...
Lightolier Lucite and Glass Rod Fixture, 1970s
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Lucite
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.
Lightolier Flush Mounted Bronze Enameled Metal ...
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount
Metal
A rare Lightolier flush mounted fixture. The geometric pattern and acrylic light source make this a very striking light.
Adjustable Three-Shade Floor Lamp by Gerald Thu...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Mid-Century Modern floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This two-toned piece has three adjustable shades and brass accents.
Pair of Smoke and Clear Glass 'Bubbles' Chrome ...
Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Smoked Glass, Chrome
A striking pair of 1960s flush mount light fixtures or chandeliers with polished chrome frames, each supporting five pendant lights with smoked, blown glass shades and ten solid glas...
White Ceramic Table Lamps by Gerald Thurston fo...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
20th Century American Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Ceramic
These Thurston ceramics lamps have a strong stance in any room. The top of the sockets measures 26" tall. The top of the finial measures 39". The top of the ceramic is 21&q...
Lightolier Candelabra Chandelier
Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome
Modern meets traditional; striking chrome candelabra chandelier by Lightolier. Please contact for location.
Spiral Chandelier by Lightolier
Lightolier
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
A spiral candelabra chandelier by Lightolier. Please contact for location.
Industrial Lightolier Red Light Fixture
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
Very nice, bright red lightolier ceiling fixture lamp. Marked with original label. Working condition.
Pair of Lightolier Midcentury Globe Table Lamps
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Beautiful pair of Lightolier globe lamps. Chrome bases with white glass globes. Adds a stunning glow to any room.
Lightolier Copper Patinated Aluminum Pendant Ch...
Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum
Copper patinated and black aluminum pendant chandeliers by Lightolier. Original signed ceiling caps attach with white cords. Price is per chandelier. (Three available).
Four Gaetano Sciolari Italian Mid Century Moder...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Four elegant, sculptural and minimalist Italian Modern double wall lights with polished brass and white metal sides. Designed by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier in the early 1970s. I...
Lightolier Chandelier in the Style of Paavo Tynell
Lightolier
Vintage 1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Brass, Steel, Glass
Elegant six lights chandelier made by Lightolier in 1950s. Has five branches with lights and one light in the middle inside the perforated metal cone. With the drop of only 24" wil...
Pair of Mid-Century Brass and Glass Sconces by ...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Blown Glass
Mid-century modern wall sconces featuring two hand-cut-glass shades each in block forms and with cubist design. Frames are wall-mounted (with vertical and horizontal options), and ar...
Italian Antique Brass and Acrylic Chandelier by...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Acrylic
A spectacular cubic chandelier designed in the 1970s by Italian designer Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier. The chandelier has a beautiful antique brass finish and acrylic light covers...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern & Sculptural Gerald ...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Ceramic
These lovely pair of modernist midcentury modern ceramic table or console lamps with brass by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier have a sculptural shape. All the round shapes are graduat...
Mid-Century Modern Italian Brass Chandelier by ...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Steel, Glass, Plastic
1970s Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier chandelier, signed with manufacture label. Wired and in working condition. Takes 12 candelabra bulbs, 40W-max each. Measure: 13" L chain included.
Midcentury Pair of Ceramic Table Lamps by Geral...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Ceramic
Highly collectible pair of Gerald Thurston ceramic lamps. The form of and tone of these lamps are timeless. Incised concentric diamonds create a quilted appearance on these lamps. Th...
Mid-Century Modern Wall Light with Cubist Desig...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Cut Glass, Chrome
Mid-century modern vanity light or wall sconce featuring four large glass block shades. Streamline polished chrome frame with cubist glass design. Can be is mounted vertically or hor...
Modernist 16 Bulb Candelabra Chandelier by Ligh...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Enamel, Steel, Paint
1960s Lightolier chandelier - these have 16 bulbs and any bulb style will work; round, candle-flame, frosted, etc. I prefer these with small round bulbs. The bulbs are included if yo...
1960s Swivel Table Lamps by Lightolier
Lightolier
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
1960s modern swivel spot table lamps by Lightolier.
Gaetano Sciolari Chrome Chandelier with Five Sm...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome
Elegant Sciolari for lightolier chrome chandelier with five lightly smoked globes by French glassmaker Vianne Glass Co., circa 1970s. Lit by candelabra-base bulbs. New condition--fou...
Early Electric Brass Chandelier with Shades
Lightolier
Vintage 1910s American Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Early American brass chandelier with elegant floral and filigree designs throughout the body. Textured glass shades sit in unique, spring loaded shade holders, and gracefully swoopin...
Lightolier Modern Brass and Cut-Glass Chandelier
Lightolier
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Cut Glass
1950s modern large brass and cut glass 18-arm chandelier by Lightolier. The height can be adjusted.
Lightolier Brass Dual Headed Floor Lamp
Lightolier
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass
Lightolier brass dual headed floor lamp.
Rare Lightolier Adjustable Brass Desk Lamp by M...
Lightolier, Maurizio Tempestini
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
A rare brass and enameled metal desk or table lamp from the 1950s Mid-Century Modern era designed by Maurizio Tempestini for Lightolier. Uniquely designed with an articulated Anglepo...
Italian Modernist Lightolier Chandelier in Brass
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Modernist chandelier with brass structure, made by Lightolier in Italy. The piece has a multitude of arms stretched out in various lengths and is in great vintage condition. Rewired ...
Set of Four Lightolier 1960s Midcentury Sputnik...
Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Chrome
Rare set of four matching Mid-Century Modern Lightolier 30-light sputnik chandeliers, circa 1960s. Feature 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central...
Set of Three Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Moder...
Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Chrome
Coveted set of three matching Mid-Century Modern Lightolier thirty-light Sputnik chandeliers, circa 1960s. Feature 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a...
Set of Original, 1960s Lightolier Matching Thir...
Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Chrome
Coveted pair of matching Mid-Century Modern Lightolier 30-light sputnik chandeliers, circa 1960s. Each features thirty original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from ...
Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Ato...
Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass, Chrome
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...
Large Midcentury Chromed Metal Spherical Cage C...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome
This large spherical cage chandelier features five-bulb sockets and its original ceiling cap. We have had other variations of Gaetano Sciolari iconic cage lamps for Lightolier before...
Gaetano Sciolari Chrome Chandelier with Five Sm...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome
Elegant Sciolari for Lightolier chrome chandelier with five lightly smoked globes by French glassmaker Vianne Glass Co. Lit by candelabra-base bulbs. Includes original ceiling canopy...
Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Ceramic ...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Porcelain, Linen
Exceptional and scarce pair of table lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Pleated ceramic bodies supported by a brass base and with triple sockets to provide desired lev...
Lightolier Hanging Light 43 Bulb, Polished Brass
Alvin Lustig, Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
1970s 43 bulb, modernist, polished brass hanging light made by Lightolier. This is a rare Lightolier light. I attribute the design to Alvin Lustig. Retains original Lightolier tag.
Pair of Midcentury Lightolier Chocolate Brown P...
Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
This pair of Lightolier pendants is chocolate brown enameled metal. Each pendant is connected to a white enameled metal canopy by a single white wire. They're a striking round disc s...
Mid Century Lightolier Floor Lamps by Gerald Th...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Mid-Century Modern floor lamps designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. This piece has an adjustable metal base with brass accents and plastic cover shade that pivots in any direc...
20th Century white globe glass Lightolier Table...
Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Lightolier that comes form Lighting Manufactures founded in 1904 Massachusettes, United States of America. A división of Royal Philips Electronics, it was founded in 1904 under the n...
1960s Lightolier Column Lamps, Pair
Lightolier
Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Table Lamps
Aluminum, Brass, Linen
These two table lamps were made in the 1960s by Lightolier. They consist of brushed aluminum bodies in a new brass finish and black coating. The lamps are newly rewired, with new bra...
Lightolier Chrome and Glass Flush Mount Ceiling...
Lightolier
Vintage 1970s American Flush Mount
Chrome
This glam 1970s Lightolier ceiling fixture features 24 tubular crystals that hang from a chrome frame. The crystals have a rough-textured surface with raised dots that refract the li...
Constructivist Brass and Lucite Pendant by Gaet...
Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
A fine brass and Lucite pendant lamp with six lights staggered at two levels. By Gaetano Sciolari. Italian, circa 1970.
Gerald Thurston Chic Ceiling Fixture with Cryst...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal, Art Glass
Chic ceiling mount fixture in brass with glass shade and suspended crystal spheres by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, American, 1960s.
Gerald Thurston Glass Fixture with Brass Shade ...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal, Art Glass
Ceiling mount fixture in brass with perforated shade, glass shade with radiating gold pattern, and crystal spheres by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, American, 1960s.
Pair of Atomic Era Gerald Thurston for Lightoli...
Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Steel, Canvas
An attractive pair of vintage atomic era rocket lamps having brass stems and ebonized steel bases with solid brass turn switches. Shades have been recently re-wrapped with burlap ...
Still looking?
Get weekly alerts when there are new arrivals for Lightolier Furniture
More Ways to Browse