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Lightolier Furniture

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
Dealer: Assemblage Ltd.
Lightolier Elegant Modern Brass Tripod Base Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Simple and elegant brass tripod based table lamp by Lightolier. White porcelain dual sockets with white metal disc housing. Sold with drum shade...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Enamel, Metal

Pair of Lightolier Brass and Walnut Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Lightolier turned solid walnut and brass table lamps. With brass stems, white lacquered metal cups and cast opaque and white glass diffusers. Reportedly a rare and early Gera...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Triple Gourd-Form Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning Lightolier table lamp in white satin glazed ceramic stacked spherical bodies. Each segment separated by a brass ring spacer. Base is a brass plate. The three socket lighting...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Two-Tiered Glass Rod and Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier glass rod and brass two-tiered waterfall flush mount chandelier. Chrome-plated hexagonal ceiling mount with six brass plated reverse trefoil fitters. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Brass

Lightolier Sixteen-Arm, Black Lacquer Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant black lacquer sixteen-light chandelier by Lightolier. The design is often attributed to Tommi Parzinger. The chandelier is comprised of eight spokes radiating out from the ce...
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1960s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel

Lightolier Cut-Crystal Five-Arm Chandelier, circa 1940s
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful early example of the craftsmanship of the American lighting pioneer, Lightolier. Five glass arms meet at the bottom the tri-tiered cut-glass centre column. Brass cups und...
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1940s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Etched Glass and Brass Sconces
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of brass double hurricane sconces by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Each solid brass sconce has a double hurricane shade, with the inner ...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Heathered Taupe and Striped Pottery Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Modernist urn form table lamp with a heathered glaze pottery body, footed wood base and brass spacer. Brass stem with a three socket up light mechanism that was a Lightolier hallmark...
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1960s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Lightolier Spun Aluminum Eight-Light Modernist Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Modernist chandelier in spun aluminum and steel with eight arms and glass globes. Vented bobeches hold the glass globes in place over spun aluminum tube socket covers. Possibly an ea...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Lightolier Neoclassical Brass and Darkest Green Urn Form Table Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant pair of neoclassical table lamps from Lightolier with spun brass caps, risers and base. Also, dark green lacquered metal fluted urn body and c...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Metal

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Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Beige "Cricket" Desk Lamp, Circa 1955
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Original Classic Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Beige Cricket Table Lamp, Wall Lamp. Featuring an adjustable perforated dome Bakelite Shade in Coffe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Two Gaetano Sciolari Crystal Drops Chandeliers
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two Gaetano Sciolari Crystal Drops Chandeliers. Materials: Round lampshade made of chromed metal rods, tubes and parts in iron and brass. Black rectangular rods. Thin brass rods. Cr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

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Crystal, Chrome, Metal

1950s Gerald Thurston Tripod Table Lamp Pair Space Age Modern Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1950s Gerald Thurston Tripod Table Lamps for Lightolier Space Age Atomic Midcentury Modern Unmarked 26.5 tall x 23.5 diameter Preowne...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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Iron, Metal

Nickeled Brass Cubist Flushmount by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Cubist chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari made of square tubes geometrically assembled from which come out eighteen sources of light. Angelo Gaetano Sciolari Angelo Gaetano Sciolar...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Chrome

1970s Lightolier Six-Arm Chrome Sputnik Chandelier with Glass Shade, USA
By Lightolier
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Six mouth blowed glass shade sitting on a deep chrome finish structure from Lightolier. Each shade measure 5 in. diameter. Solid, well made construction. Use six candelab...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Hans Bergström Five Arm Chandelier in Brass and Elm, Ateljé Lyktan, 1940s
By Ateljé Lyktan, Hans Bergström
Located in The Hague, NL
This rare five arm chandelier was designed by Hans Bergström and produced by his company Ateljé Lyktan in the late 1940s. This particular model was numbered '10/5'. The chandelier f...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Cubic Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New Haven, CT
This 12 Light Cubic chandelier by Lightolier was made in Italy and was designed by Gaetano Sciolari. The Crome cubes extend into ice cubes made of L...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Nickel

Cubic Chandelier by Lightolier
Cubic Chandelier by Lightolier
H 41 in W 17 in D 17 in
Lightolier Pendant Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic atomic stile, midcentury pendant light by Lightolier. Ceiling flush mount with glass diffuser and perforated brass shade. Perfect for a low ceiling or a small space. Measur...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

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...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

1950s Lightolier Carved Walnut Wood and Brass, Milk Glass Lamps, a Pair
By Lightolier
Located in Germantown, MD
Pair of Lightolier brass and walnut table lamps. Early Gerard Thurston Design in the 1950s. Measures: 8" W x 8"D x 40"H Glass shade is 6"Diameter Lamp in good condition with some nicks and scratches consistent with age and use. Lamps are tall enough to be used in certain conditions as floor lamps...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass, Other

"Ice Cubes" Ceiling Light by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Pair available of flush mount "Ice Cubes" ceiling light fixtures by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier featuring a brass plates with four thick bevelled ice block glass shades.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Previously Available Items
Gaetano Sciolari Round Glass Rod and Nickel Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful "wedding cake" glass rod and chrome disc chandelier, imported by Lightolier. Chandelier is comprised of a pierced nickel-plated disc and glass rod circles. Six-candelabra b...
Category

1970s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Steel, Nickel

Lightolier Postmodern Five-Light Brass and Glass Rod Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning circa 1970s chandelier from Lightolier. Flush mounted post modern rectilinear brass shapes are both ceiling canopy and holders of the very long glass rods. A neat, clean and...
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1970s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair Lightolier "Birdcage" Brass & Aluminum Floor Lamps
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of ten light Lightolier "birdcage" floor lamps. Brass tubes that cascade from a center hour glass shaped finial, disc and conical down light. Nine milk glass shades are held in ...
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1970s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Lightolier White Cased Glass Bell Form Pendant Light by Glashütte Limburg
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Lightolier cased glass pendant light with single cord suspension and three black metal stud fitters. 1970s import made by the stellar German firm Glashütte Limburg. Overall drop ...
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1970s German Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

Pair of Tommi Parzinger Silver Plated Lamps for Lightolier
By Tommi Parzinger, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed by Tommi Parzinger for Lightolier, these table lamps have an elegant urn form atop a bevelled plinth. Completely restored, with new silver plating and wiring, they include t...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Black Lacquer, Metal Table Lamps
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier table lamps. Black lacquered incised tapered stem, weighted base with on and off push button switch. White plastic two piece shade and holophan...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Metal

Large Lightolier Hand Blown Striped Glass Globe Pendant Light
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Exquisite Lightolier large pendant light. Hand blown Murano glass globe with clear, white and pink glass swirled striping. Conical internal milk glass diffuser with brass stem and ca...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Gaetano Sciolari Round Glass Rod & Nickel Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful "wedding cake " glass rod and chrome disc chandelier, imported by Lightolier. Chandelier is comprised of a pierced nickel plated disc and glass rod circles. Six candelabra ...
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1970s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Lightolier Spherical Chrome Basket Weave Pendant Light
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Light fixture comprised of chromed metal strips woven into a sphere, with white lacquered underside. Single socket illumination. For best price and shipping options, please contac...
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1960s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Lightolier Three-Tier Pierced Porcelain Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Lightolier three tiered white porcelain table lamp. Three graduated and pierced porcelain bowls with center stems, brass spacers and footed porce...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Lightolier Glass Rod & Brass Fountain Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Striking glass rod and brass chandelier by Lightolier, evoking the pendulous branches of a weeping willow. Each of the eleven arms arcs upward, then down. The glass rod crystals come...
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1970s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Lightolier 1950s Five-Light Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Very well designed chandelier of curvaceous brass rod and two-part etched and milk glass shades. Most likely by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Five two part shades consist of a milk glass interior hurricane surrounded by an etched wine glass...
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1950s American Vintage Lightolier Furniture

Materials

Brass

Lightolier furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Lightolier furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Lightolier furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Lightolier were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gordon & Jane Martz, Laurel Lamp Company, and Marshall Studios. Prices for Lightolier furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $175 and can go as high as $20,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,000.
Questions About Lightolier Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Lightolier was founded in 1904 by Bernhard Blitzer and the name is a combination of the words “light” and “chandelier.” Lightolier specializes in elaborate and decorative chandeliers, but they also produce a style of lamps that combine functionality with a lively aesthetic. Browse a collection of Lightolier lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Lightolier is still in business. Founded in 1904 and made popular by its electric lighting designs, Lightolier, a contraction of the words light and chandelier, can still be found in stores today. You can also shop Lightolier goods from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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