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Lightolier Decorative Objects

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
Vintage 1970s Lightolier Brass Waterfall Cage Lamp with White Glass Diffusers
By Tommi Parzinger, Lightolier
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Ethereal, majestic, brass waterfall floor lamp circa 1970s. Where does one begin when it comes to describing this lamp? It is absolutely stunning and unlike anything we’ve ever seen ...
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Late 20th Century American Hollywood Regency Lightolier Decorative Objects

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Mid-Century Modern Pair of Lightolier Chrome Iron Hanging Candelabras
By Lightolier
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a beautiful pair of Lightolier Brutalist iron and chrome hanging candelabras. In excellent condition. The dimensions of each are 25" diameter x 27" height.  
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Decorative Objects

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Classic Lightolier Sputnik Pendant Light Fixture, Smoke Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Lightolier Sputnik pendant light fixture, atomic design, smoke glass globes. Retains original early Lightolier paper label.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Decorative Objects

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Chrome

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Lightolier decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Lightolier decorative objects are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Lightolier decorative objects, there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Lightolier's original decorative objects were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Eli Karpel, John Steck and Marianna von Allesch. Prices for Lightolier decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $2,380 and tops out at $4,290, while pieces like these can sell for $3,200 on average.

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