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Lightolier Floor Lamps

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 Lightolier, Tommi Parzinger
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 Floor Lamps

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Brass

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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Metal

Lightolier Model 8180 Floor Lamp in the Style of Angelo Lelli
By Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
Model 8180, 1972 Lightolier. 10 3/4" x 10 3/4" x 60" tall and featuring 3 chrome globes, this floor lamp is produced in Italy and marked as such. Likely produced at Arredoluce for Li...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

White Floor Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Wien, AT
White floor lamp by Lightolier Original condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Rare Floor Lamp by Tommi Parzinger
By Lightolier, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Rare floor lamp by Tommi Parzinger for Lightolier. Six-arm, nickel-plated steel, trident-style with original shades. 1960s limited production in fantastic condition.
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20th Century American Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Steel

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 Floor Lamps

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Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Mid Century Brass and Lucite Rocket Floor Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Countryside, IL
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Mid Century brass and Lucite rocket floor lamp Base is 15 x 15 and the lamp is 51 inches high overall Brass base has some spotting so we are selling t...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier 3 Cone Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier floor lamp with 3 moveable cone shades. Each with a switch to the top, allows for 1, 2, or 3 shades to be turned on or off. Shades pivot freely to dire...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Lightolier Articulating Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Lightolier articulating floor lamp Signed on underside Base is 13" diameter.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Wood

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 Floor Lamps

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Wrought Iron, Brass

Gerald Thurston Brass Tri Pod Floor Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century classic streamlined brass tripod floor lamp with linen shade. Some patina to brass, professionally rewired for use in the USA. Lamp uses 3 bulbs. Shade not included. Shad...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Brass

Modernist Triennale Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Beautiful and extremely well made three shade floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Made of brass and black painted metal, each shade retains its original metal swir...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier Brass and Glass Rods Floor Lamp
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Dazzling floor lamp by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier in brass with multiple glass rods. Illumination comes both from a single socket above for standard size Edison screw cap bu...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Houston, TX
Mid Century Modern floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Incredible authentic mid century floor lamp. Each modern bulb shade moves independently and each can be turn...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

Elusive Gerald Thurston Lightolier Articulating Reading Lamp, 1950s
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern reading lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, elegant chalk white and brass finish, retains original aluminum diffuser, amazing original condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

1970's Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Pleased to offer this rarely seen 1970's Lightolier floor lamp. This lamp, which is model number 8509, is constructed of a walnut frame, birch grid, metal base and fiberglass lining....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Fiberglass, Birch, Walnut

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Mid-1950's three light floor lamp produced by Lightolier and designed by Gerald Thurston. The style of the pierced polished brass tapered bowls appears to have been influenced by the...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Copper, Brass

Pair of Lightolier Floor Lamps with Pivoting Shades
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome and elegant Midcentury floor lamps by Lightolier. Each with three pivoting shades (all switches work. Executed with enameled shades, walnut pole, and brass trim. In good ori...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Metal

1950s Torchère Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Classic uplight torchère floor lamp with three vertical brass rods supporting a shallow brass bowl and wider glass shade. The base designed by Gerald Thurston with a textured, fire a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Brass

Adjustable Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Classic Thurston design Mid Century saucer top reading lamp manufactured by Lightolier. The lamp can be raised to 52 in, or lowered to 42 in H, the disk shade is 12 in. in diameter, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Brass, Steel

1950s Black Enameled Steel & Brass Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Black enameled steel floor lamp with three brass arms holding a perforated steel reflector and shade.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass, Steel

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass Tripod Floor Lamp, 1960's
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier "Young Moderns" Brass and Walnut detailed Tripod Reading Floor Lamp. Featuring sturdy adjoined tripod Brass legs, three solid Walnut sleeves, new (19D ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Lightolier, Floor Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gerald Thurston floor lamp by Lightolier. Features a brass and walnut base and a perforated brass shade. Measures: 17" diameter x 64.5" height.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Mid Century 3 Light Floor Lamp by Thurston
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Rare mid century floor lamp having three adjustable cone form shades attached to a spiral twist form vertical post. Each shade will pivot and tilt, to direct the light, each shade me...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Providence, RI
Floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, circa 1955. Lamp consists of five brass rods of graduated lengths, held together by a black steel ring, sitting on a round blac...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass, Steel, Aluminum

1970's Single Lantern Adjustable Lightolier Floor Lamp in Black and Chrome
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine example of a 1970's Lightolier single lantern adjustable floor lamp with chromed stanchion pole set on a weighted matte black topped base. Multiple points of articulation...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Lightolier Brass Dual Headed Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Lightolier brass dual headed floor lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

1950s Torchère Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Classic uplight torchère floor lamp with three vertical brass rods supporting a shallow brass bowl and wider glass shade. The base designed by Gerald Thurston with a textured, fire a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Floor Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Fairfax, VA
Beautiful American acid cut amber color glass shade with bronze finished base floor lamp by Lightolier lighting co.
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1920s American Art Deco Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid Century Thurston for Lightolier Torchiere
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Classic mid century torchiere floor lamp, designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. This stunning lamp features a black base from which emanate three rods that splay out and supp...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass, Steel

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass Tripod Floor Lamp, 1950s
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Brass Tripod Reading Floor Lamp with White Linen Shade. Featuring a joined tripod, three legged patinated Brass framework, Off-White enameled dif...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

1970s American Craftsman Style Walnut Floor Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Four sided floor lamp evoking a Japanese Shoji screen. The frame of solid walnut set on an ebonized recessed plinth base with the frame having a grid pattern of solid birch strips fr...
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1970s American American Craftsman Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Birch, Walnut

Vintage Lightolier Turned Concave Wood Staff Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Lightolier turned concave wood staff floor lamp Signed on underside.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Wood

1960s Enameled Metal Uplight by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A cylindrical off-white enameled floor / desk uplight by Lightolier.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

Rare Limited Production Nickel Tommi Parzinger Floor Lamp for Lightolier
By Lightolier, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing and rare Tommi Parzinger floor lamp designed exclusively for Lightolier. This is a hard to find and very practical floor lamp. Stunning in person. All original comes from ori...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

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Nickel

Brushed Aluminum and Walnut Floor Lamp by Gerald Thurston
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Sophisticated floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Brushed aluminum and walnut. Newly rewired. New oatmeal colored linen shade.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Lightolier Adjustable Italian Styled Floor Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A chrome and satin black Italian styled floor lamp with adjustable height and reach of the shade and pivoting head, in the manner of Maria Pergay and manufactured by the Lightolier c...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

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...
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1950s Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass, Steel

Floor Lamp with Three Diffusers, Production "Lightoiler", U.S.A., circa 1950
By Lightolier
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
"Lightoiler" Floor lamp with three diffusers, Gold-plated brass and white lacquered aluminum, Production "lightoiler", U.S.A., Circa 1950. Height: 169 cm, base diameter 25.5 cm.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Pr. Adjustable Floor Lamps with Saucer Shades Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of adjustable floor, reading, lamps designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. Iconic saucer shade lamps, in creme, tan color, with brass elements. The saucer shade ( 12 in di...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

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...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Lightolier Floor Lamps

Materials

Wood

Lightolier floor lamps for sale on 1stDibs

Lightolier floor lamps are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Lightolier floor lamps collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 35 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original floor lamps by Lightolier were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider floor lamps by Cedric Hartman, George Kovacs and Gerald Thurston. Prices for Lightolier floor lamps can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $495 and tops out at $21,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,500 on average.

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