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Östen Kristiansson Table Lamps

Swedish

Swedish designer-siblings Uno Kristiansson and Östen Kristiansson are best known to collectors of vintage furniture for their imaginative lighting and mirrors. As partners, Uno & Östen Kristiansson united high-quality, practical Scandinavian modern design with fresh innovation. 

Uno and Östen Kristiansson were born in southern Sweden. Their father was a furniture maker who owned a workshop — Vittsjo — that was named for the village in which it was located. In 1950, Uno opened his workshop in the same village. He called his company Luxus and brought his younger brother Östen on board as a designer and builder.

Like lots of designers of the era, the Kristianssons favored traditional teak wood but also employed more forward-looking materials such as glass, acrylic, leather and plastic. While their work spoke to the organic forms and craftsmanship that is typical of many Scandinavian modern designers, the brothers created minimalist oak mirrors and shapely pine wall lights — which often featured an integration of rattan — that set them apart from other artisans in their field. 

Around 1966, Östen took over their father’s workshop and renamed it Östen Kristiansson AB. He eventually returned the company’s name to Vittsjo

After 1970, Uno and Östen Kristiansson focused primarily on lamps and mirrors. They designed most of these works in acrylic, and wood became more of a secondary material in their composition. Collectors and interior designers continue to prize the many inventive furnishings they produced.

Find vintage Östen Kristiansson table lamps, chandeliers and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Östen Kristiansson
Large Rustic Table Lamp, Stained solid wood, Uno Kristiansson, Luxus, Sweden
By Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Luxus of Sweden, Östen Kristiansson, Uno Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö
Located in Vorst, BE
A sculptural table lamp, lamp foot in turned pine or beech wood, dark stained. Designed by Uno Kristiansson, for Luxus, Sweden, 1970s. Marked Luxus - made in Sweden. For E26/27 b...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Östen Kristiansson Table Lamps

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Pair large cylindric wood Table Lamps by Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Luxus, Sweden
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A pair of architectural table lamps. Lamp foots in wood, probably teak. Designed by Uno Kristiansson, for Luxus, Sweden, 1970s. Both retain their original labels: made in Sweden - ...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Östen Kristiansson Table Lamps

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Teak

Pair large Table Lamps, Stained solid Pine, Uno Kristiansson, Luxus, Sweden
By Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Luxus of Sweden, Östen Kristiansson, Uno Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö
Located in Vorst, BE
A pair of sculptural table lamps. Lamp foots in turned pine wood, dark stained. Designed by Uno Kristiansson, for Luxus, Sweden, 1970s. Both are punchmarked Luxus - made in Sweden. For E26/27 bulbs. Work on 110v and on 220v. EU plug can be replaced by US plug for free if desired. New lampshades. Dimensions: diameter 13.78" / 10" (35cm / 25cm), height 10.2" (26cm). Swedish designers Uno & Östen Kristiansson, renowned for their lighting and mirror creations, left an indelible mark on the design world from the 1950s to the 1970s. Their distinctive Scandinavian modern style remains highly sought-after in vintage circles. Uno, born in 1925, and Östen, two years later in 1927, likely honed their craft in southern Sweden under the tutelage of their father, who operated Vittsjö Furniture, a business established in 1919. In 1950, Uno founded Luxus in Vittsjö, producing a diverse array of home products, including lamps, furniture, and mirrors, all designed by the brothers. Their collections gained acclaim nationally and internationally, with Luxus introducing a vibrant range of lamps in the 1960s, attributed to Finnish artist Marjatta Metsovaara. Östen presumably took over the family business in 1966, renaming it Östen Kristiansson AB. Though details on its operations are sparse, it likely continued the tradition of craftsmanship. Teak was a favored material for the Kristianssons, though they explored glass, leather, plastic, and acrylic in their designs. Notable creations include the Plafo Ceiling Lamp, UFO Lamp, Model 204 Hunting Chair, and minimalist mirrors reminiscent of Jacques Adnet’s Circulaire...
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Pine

Mid Century Table Lamp in Oak by Luxus Sweden
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Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Table lamp designed by Uno and Östen Kristiansson for Luxus in Vittsjö, Sweden during the 1950s. Solid oak base and shade in white cotton. Signed with label. In great condition witho...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Östen Kristiansson Table Lamps

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Oak

Pair of Oak and White Opaline Glass Table Lamps by Luxus, 1950s
By Östen Kristiansson, Uno Kristiansson
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of mod. 109 table lamps designed in the 1950s by Uno and Östen Kristiansson for Luxus, Sweden.
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1950s Vintage Östen Kristiansson Table Lamps

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Oak

Cobalt Blue Glass Table Lamp by Uno & Östen Kristiansson for Luxus, Sweden
By Östen Kristiansson, Uno Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö
Located in Karis, Nyland
Large 1970s cobalt blue glass table lamp by Luxus Vittsjö, made in Sweden. The top is made of white plastic. E27 socket.
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson Table Lamps

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Glass, Acrylic

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Östen Kristiansson table lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Östen Kristiansson table lamps are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Östen Kristiansson table lamps, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original table lamps by Östen Kristiansson were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in sweden during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider table lamps by Fagerhult, Uno & Östen Kristiansson, and Erik Wärnå. Prices for Östen Kristiansson table lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $813 and can go as high as $1,208, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $830.

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