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Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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
Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Beige "Cricket" Desk Lamp, Circa 1955
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Original Classic Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Beige Cricket Table Lamp, Wall Lamp. Featuring an adjustable perforated dome Bakelite Shade in Coffee Cream, Pale Taupe on Brass frame...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Glass & Brass Hourglass Wall Light Sconces
By Lightolier, Paavo Tynell
Located in Las Vegas, NV
1950's glass hourglass Lightolier wall sconces. Attributed to Gerold Thurston design. Textured glass with brass hardware. 4-1/2in wall cap.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Gerald Thurston Lightolier Wall Sconce Lamp
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
These lamps were covered outdoors, so we had to paint them and remove the rust. They need to be rewired and change where the bulbs screw in.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal, Brass

1940s Pair Bronze 2 Arm Nautical Sconces Sailing Ship Galleons
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
1940s nautical style two arm sconces with a sailing ship galleon motif at the top. Made of bronze in an antique finish. Sold as a pair. These will be cleaned and rewired before shipp...
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1940s American Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Bronze

Vintage Pull Lamp by Lightolier
By Lightolier, Edward Wormley, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Pull Lamp most likely by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Possibly a design by Gino Sarfatti or Edward Wormley for Lightolier. Unmarked. ple...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

4 Pair Vintage Restored Regal Sconces with Consolidated Shades priced per pair
By Consolidated Glass, Lightolier
Located in Prescott, US
4 pair available priced per pair. VintageLights From the late 20s through early 30s when Art Deco was all the rage. The cast iron back signed Lightolier and the original glass shade...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Iron

Single Lightolier Alabaster Brass Wall Sconce
By Lightolier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Single Lightolier curved alabaster wall light sconce with brass fittings and brass plated trim backplates. Uses single 60 watt regular A size bulb.
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Late 20th Century American Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Alabaster, Brass

1970s Lightolier Mod 16 Bulb Wall Lamp Flat Chrome Panel Sconce
By Lightolier
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1970s Lightolier Mod 16 Bulb Flat Wall Sconce Square Chrome Panel (three sconces are available) 16 x 16 x 2 d Selling without bulbs. Requires bulb e26...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Pair of Midcentury Wall Lights with Cubist Design by Sciolari for Lightolier
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful pair of wall lights by Sciolari for Lightolier. Each has four cubes that sparkle when lit. Can be mounted horizontal or vertical.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Chrome and Glass Cube Four Light Wall Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari, C. 1970s
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern four light sconce with cubist geometric design. Features four glass shades with a rectangular polished chrome frame. Shown with mercury tip rounded light bulbs. Ca...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Lightolier Adjustable Brass Up Light Sconce, Italy
By Lightolier
Located in Antwerp, BE
A gorgeous brass Italian wall lamp from the 1970s-1980s, oval form. Adjustable hinge allows the sconce to be tilted for perfect illumination. Lit by a halogen bulb.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

2 Pairs of Lightolier Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
(4) Classical American small globe sconces from the 1950s by Lightolier. These sconces are in an aged solid brass finish and construction. Partially...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Modern Architectural Leaded Milk Glass Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern sculptural leaded milk glass sconces on the diagonal. Rare and hard to find in this architectural design, we have two pairs available. P...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Lead

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Baton High Intensity Desk Table Wall Lamp
By Michael Lax, Lightolier
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome vintage Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Baton high intensity desk, table, or wall lamp. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. There are minor scratches on the lamp base and hood. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, 1960’s. In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary! -Aaron Rose. This is definitely an Extraordinary vintage Mid-Century Modern Baton high intensity desk table lamp by Lightolier. Many say the Baton lamp was designed by Michael Lax and although we know it was designed in the era Michael Lax designed...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Aluminum

Pair Half Moon French XVI Alabaster Wall Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of French Louis XVI style alabaster half moon or quarter shape wall sconces. The alabaster has an etched stylized design pattern providing unique effect when lit. The sconces are enhanced with decorative brass antiqued fittings. Each uses single candelabra...
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1980s French Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Alabaster, Brass

Iconic 20s-30s Vintage Art Deco Slip Shade Wall Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Prescott, US
Iconic, beautiful, and rarely seen pair. Priced per pair. Iconic, beautiful, and rarely seen pair of very Art Deco slip shade wall sconces...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Minimalist 3-Tiered Brass-Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Minimalist 3-tiered brass-plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Pair of Minimalist 3 Tiered Brass Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of minimalist 3 tiered brass plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Vintage Lightolier Alabaster and Brass Wall Sconces, a Pair
By Lightolier
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Lightolier Alabaster and brass wall sconces, a Pair Offered for sale is a 1980s vintage pair of Lightolier alabaster and brass wall sconces. The sconces are made in Spain ...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Alabaster, Brass

Gerald Thurston Scissor Task Lamp Wall Sconce
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, task lamp, wall sconce by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier features an adjustable, 5.5 inch diameter, painted metal shade on a brass stem and wall plate with an acc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal, Brass

Wall Light Sconce Gerald Thurston Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Large wall light sconce Gerald Thurston for Lightolier. Handcrafted glass with white and gold colored glass overlay creating a bursting display...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

6 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 Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel

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 Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Pair of Lightolier Chrome Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of lovely American polished chrome Lightolier Chrome sconces from the 1960s. Wired with 1 E26 medium based socket per sconce. Wired for use in t...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Pair of Frosted Glass and Chrome Lightolier Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Pasadena, CA
Mid-Century Pair of Lightolier sconces made of frosted glass is a clear glass edge and chrome hardware to hold it.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Set of Four Sexy 1970's Sconces Design by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A sexy set of four 1970's sconces design by Lightolier, we could sell by the pair.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

Chrome and Glass Cube Six Light Sconce by Gaetano Sciolari, c. 1970's
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern sconce featuring six hand cut glass block shades. Streamline frame in polished chrome with cubist design and chrome ball fittings. Can be is mounted vertically or horizontally. Makes a great powder room vanity light. Shown with chrome tip...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Minimalist 3-Tiered Brass-Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Minimalist 3-tiered brass-plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Multi Tubular Brass Wall Light
By Gaetano Sciolari, Lightolier
Located in Hanover, MA
Gaetano Sciolari designed the Tubular Collection for Lightolier in the 1960s. Here we present model 4686 multi-tubular brass wall sconce designed by Gaetano Sciolari and produced by ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

Lightolier Sunburst Flushmount Ceiling or Wall Light
By Carl Moser 1, Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in Hanover, MA
From Lightolier's Claremont Collection circa 1953 (see image 20) we present this show stopping domed shaped ceiling fixture with 13 curved brass sputnik arms and cones for candelabra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

1950s Italian Perforated Wall Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon wall sconce with a perforated tube core surrounded by a solid tube shade. Original white and black paint. Original Lightolier sticker and stamped "C529A".   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Two Bulb Brass and Glass Pinwheel Vanity Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern two bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polished ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Amazing Pair Of 1950's Lightolier Murano And Brass Sconces Mid-century
By Lightolier
Located in Pemberton, NJ
LOVELY PAIR OF 1950'S LIGHTOLIER MURANO AND BRASS SCONCES. THE REMOVABLE MURANO GLASS HAS A VERY TEXTURED INTERIOR SURFACE WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Pair of Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces, 1970s Space Age, Atomic
By Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great pair of chromed tube sconces, Swiss made for Lightolier. Rare eight-bulb configuration, very atomic, Space Age design.
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Space Age Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

White Wall Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Large white wall sconce by Lightolier. Signed, USA, circa 1950. Newly rewired and refinished in white satin powdercoat.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Pair Lightolier Chrome Tube Sconces - Swiss made for Lightolier - hard to find the sconces from this series. 29.5 " tall with bulbs 18" wide with ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Lightolier Lights With 16 Glass Blocks Each, USA Circa 1975
By Lightolier
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Each light has 16 glass blocks that attach to a polished steel frame. The glass blocks are thick and square with tiny detailed air pockets throughout. In the center of each block is ...
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1670s American Mid-Century Modern Antique Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Pair of Minimalist 3 tiered Brass Plated Sconces by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of minimalist 3 tiered brass plated sconces by Lightolier.
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20th Century American Art Deco Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Pair of Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Etched Glass and Brass Sconces
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
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 Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Modernist Wall Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An unusual and expressive wall lamp having a ribbed milk glass diffuser with thin patinated steel sides suspended from a curved plane of birch.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel

Pair Lightolier Alabaster Brass Wall Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair Lightolier curved alabaster wall light sconces with brass fittings and brass plated trim backplates. Each uses single 60 watt regular A size bulb. Second pair available.
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Late 20th Century American Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Alabaster, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Vanity Light with Chrome and Glass Rods by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This stunning vanity light features an abundance of translucent glass rods secured with a streamlined brushed chrome rod that attached to a polished brass base. Founded in 1904, the ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces

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Chrome

Lightolier wall lights and sconces for sale on 1stDibs.

Lightolier wall lights and sconces 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 wall lights and sconces, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original wall lights and sconces 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 wall lights and sconces by Gerald Thurston, Chapman Manufacturing Company, and Paul Ferrante. Prices for Lightolier wall lights and sconces can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $466 and can go as high as $8,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,800.
Questions About Lightolier Wall Lights and Sconces
  • 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.
  • 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.

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