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Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

American, b. 1943

Though Robert Sonneman was quite literally born into the lighting business, it took working for another celebrated lighting maker for him to land upon the kind of boundary-pushing modernism for which the New York–based designer is known today.

At the age of 19, fresh off a stint in the U.S. Navy, Sonneman responded to an ad for a position working in the studio of George Kovacs on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where he became the sole employee. “Although my parents were in the lighting business, they came from a traditional perspective, and Kovacs introduced me to modernism,” Sonneman once said. “It was 1961, and I was immediately captured by the movement.”

While working for Kovacs, Sonneman became captivated by the work of the Bauhaus, and he began experimenting with the influential art and design school’s ideas of functional simplicity in lighting. In 1967, he opened his own studio.

Though Sonneman Design Group produced furniture for a brief time, the designer eventually elected to focus on the one category that had always fascinated him; the brand became known for its floor lamps, sconces, pendants and chandeliers that feature unconventional treatments toward shape and balance, often inspired by modern architecture. Sonneman once said of his work: “I saw the lamps that I built as lighting machines that glorified the industrial aesthetic.”

Indeed, in the spirit of Bauhaus functionality — Sonneman has also cited Mies van der Rohe as being an inspiration — the designer’s work takes function-centric forms and motifs and elevates them while prioritizing technology. This spirit of forward thinking continues today, as Sonneman’s brand, renamed SONNEMAN – A Way of Light in 2003, works with LED bulbs to continue to push the boundaries of what functional lighting can achieve aesthetically.

Current-day releases by SONNEMAN – A Way of Light (still overseen by Sonneman himself) feature 95 percent LED lights and include interior and exterior lighting as well as modular suspended lights as an alternative to track lighting. Sonneman’s vintage pieces, however, are still widely collected on the secondary market.

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Creator: Robert Sonneman
Black and Chrome Triennale Floor Lamp by Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
This is the American answer to the classic Italian "Triennale" floor lamp for Arredoluce. The arms (each 36" L) pivot and tilt to adjust the direction of the light. Each arm has a ch...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome, Steel

Mid Century Modern Vintage Chrome Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman, 1960s, USA
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern vintage chromed floor lamp by Robert Sonneman, which shows six turnable globes. Also the vintage floor lamp has six E 14 sockets and on/off button. The vintage co...
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1960s American Space Age Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Classic Black and White Art Deco Revival Torchiere
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
Elegant and simple Art Deco style uplight floor lamp. The on/off switch is on the cord, consistent with the style of the period (1970/1980's) Probably manufactured in Italy for Rober...
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20th Century Italian Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal

Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Sonneman chrome plated steel floor lamp. Lamp measures 18" wide, 18" deep and 65" high. Base is 10" diameter. We had the shade professionally relined. Shade measures 12" wide, 12" de...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel

Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs Reading Floor Lamp, 1990
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fully adjustable reading lamp in bronze enamel by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Lamp extends from 45 inches to 58 in height. This item...
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1990s American Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel

International Style Reading Lamp by Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in San Mateo, CA
Robert Sonneman designed Minimalist reading lamp. This has a black anodized aluminium shade and a black enameled cast iron base with a simple chrome tube connecting the two. By loose...
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Mid-20th Century American International Style Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Iron, Chrome

Robert Sonneman, "Safari" Floor Lamp, Bamboo, Stone, Fabric, United States 1990s
By Robert Sonneman
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A floor lamp, designed by Robert Sonneman for his "Safari" series. Executed in Bamboo, Stone, Fabric, United States, 1990s. With original lampshade.  
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Stone

Robert Sonneman Chrome Orbital Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Spectacular chrome "orbiter" floor lamp by Robert Sonneman. A wonderful reading light with easily adjustable small chrome ball head and counter balance arm. Switch is perfectly place...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal

Robert Sonneman for Kovacs Marble Cube Floor Lamp, 1960s
By Robert Sonneman, Kovacs
Located in Southampton, NJ
Vintage floor lamp having pivoting aluminum cylindrical shade with cubes marble base designed by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs circa 1960. 2 tiny chips on marble and some horizontal r...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Carrara Marble, Aluminum

Robert Sonneman Post Modern Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Miami, FL
Post-Modern torchiere uplighter floor lamp rendered in powder coated and painted steel with geometric forms reminiscent of Ettore Sottsass Memphis Milano designs, by Robert Sonneman.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel

Robert Sonneman Chrome Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1970, we offer this large Mid-Century Modern chrome floor lamp designed by Robert Sonneman for Lightolier.   
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel

Robert Sonneman Articulating Chrome Floor Lamp with Black Shade, 1970s
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Modern Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs reading floor lamp. Featuring a tubular chromed steel stem, arm, knob, and ball socket. With adjustable black enameled aluminum 8D shade and ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome, Iron, Aluminum, Steel

Triennale Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman, 1960s
By Robert Sonneman, Sonneman Lighting
Located in Hamburg, PA
An amazing Triennale chrome floor lamp by Robert Sonneman, 1960s. This floor lamp has three adjustable arms, there is a shade on each arm that can be turned individually. Chrome stee...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Chrome and Black Lacquered Reading Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs
By Robert Sonneman, Kovacs
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1960s polish chrome and black lacquered reading floor lamp design by Robert Sonneman for Kovacs. On/Off rotating switch on shade. It takes a regular 75w Max Edison lightbulb. Meas...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Robert Sonneman Modernist Orbital Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous modern Robert Sonneman chrome orbital floor lamp. In original condition with wonderful patina. Normal wear. Adjustable pivoting arm and eyeball socket.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

Triennale Mid Century Modern Orbiter Chrome Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage Triennale floor lamp designed by Robert Sonneman circa 1970's. This versatile piece features three adjustable chrome orb light heads that pivot on balancing lever arms. Globe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Matched Pair of Robert Sonneman Triennale Eyegball Orbiter Floor Lamps
By Robert Sonneman, Arredoluce
Located in Buffalo, NY
Matching pair of Space Age Robert Sonneman Triennale Atomic Orbiter floor lamp. Classic modernist lighting, great original condition, in the style of Arredoluce, Hand delivery avail...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Fully Adjustable Single Chrome Globe Cantilever Floor Lamp Leather Handle
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice quality Mid-Century Modern chrome floor lamp on elegant tripod base. Nice leather finished adjustment handle.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Sonneman for Kovacs Torchiere Brass & Lucite Floor Lamp 1970s
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a brilliant, torchiere floor lamp, made of brass and Lucite, by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions are 11" W ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Brass

Robert Sonneman Globe Floor Lamps
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of three chrome globe floor lamps, designed by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs. In graduated heights, the minimal yet sculptural form has a strong presence when grouped togethe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Vintage Robert Sonneman Chrome Adjustable 'Arc' Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s Robert Sonneman floor lamp featuring an arching arm, which connects the chrome ball fixture to the stem - all supported by a painted-steel, circular base. The arm height is adj...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Triennale Three-Arm Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
Classic black and chrome Triennale model floor lamp by Robert Sonneman, circa 1970s. This example is in very fine, original and working condition, having three chrome arms which adju...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Adjustable Mid-Century Modernist Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
This adjustable floor lamps by the noted designer Robert Sonneman features a base in textured black enamel steel with an adjustable chrome stem with a chrome ball fitted for a Classi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Enamel, Chrome

Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs Cast Iron Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Amazing cast iron 3 way floor lamp by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs cast iron table lamp. Features three large bent rods forming the body.
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1990s American Minimalist Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Iron

VINTAGE Robert Sonneman Triennale Atomic Orbiter Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Chicago, IL
Space age Robert Sonneman Triennale Atomic Orbiter floor lamp. A very nice one is great condition. Style of Arredoluce.
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20th Century American Space Age Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Sonneman Chrome and White Enamel Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Chicago, IL
Very sculptural floor lamp by Robert Sonneman. Has layers of white metal shading to baffle the bulb, resulting in very atmospheric lighting.
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1960s American Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome, Enamel, Steel

Chrome Floor lamp/table by Robert Sonneman--1960s USA
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful Chrome Floor lamp with glass table. Robert Sonneman USA 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Triennale Chrome Floor Lamp by Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Three arm "Triennale" chrome floor lamp by Robert Sonneman. The three way switch works great. Each arm is adjustable with a tightening knob. This not often seen light shape is a clas...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp in Chrome
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Dallas, TX
A chrome floor lamp by Robert Sonneman, c. 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Robert Sonneman for Kovacs Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An interesting floor lamp designed by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs, circa 1987. Very well made with polished brass, marble base, green tinted glass reflector. Comes with a foot ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

Table Lamp by Robert Sonneman, circa 1970, American
By Robert Sonneman, Sonneman Lighting
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Lamp in polished metal has nine lights two vertical followed by one horizontal repeated three times with a "on off dimmer" switch just above the base.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

Rare Robert Sonneman Atomic Three Eye Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare Robert Sonneman floor lamp with three eye sockets. Each socket has its own independent switch and the head swivel up and down and side to side to be directed in any direction. S...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern L' Arc Lamp by Robert Sonneman Adjustable Height Rotational
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare, architectural arching lamp titled "L' Arc" designed by Robert Sonneman in 1974. An ingenious design where the lever and pulley system is adjusted by raising or lowering the cou...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

1950's Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs Iton & Chrome Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman, George Kovacs
Located in Hingham, MA
1950's American floor lamp by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs with cubist shade in red and black steel with chrome.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

1980's George Kovacs Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Very striking floor lamp designed by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs, circa 1980’s. Very well made with polished brass, marble base, green tinted glass reflector Measures: Heigh...
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1980s North American Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Adjustable Black and Chrome Triennale Floor Lamp by Sonneman Arredoluce Style
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Fully adjustable sharp looking American vintage Classic alternative to Italian Arredoluce floor lamp.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Robert Sonneman for Kovacs Adjustable Parallel Chrome Floor Lamps, 1970s
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs Chrome and Black Enamel Disc Floor Lamps. Featuring double, parallel, tubular Chrome stems with round Black enameled disc control knob to ad...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Robert Sonneman 3-Arm Adjustable Eyeball Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Amazing floor lamp designed by Robert Sonneman. Three adjustable arms with pivoting sockets allot for myriad configurations of form and function. All sockets function well. Chrome is...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal

Sonneman Chrome Eyeball Articulating Floor Lamp
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Hingham, MA
1960s articulating floor lamp by Robert Sonneman with chrome eyeball shade attached by an articulating joint to the long chrome stem at the base of which is the hefty round articulat...
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1960s American Space Age Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome, Iron

Pair of Robert Sonneman Adjustable White Floor Lamps
By Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
A pair of white metal and chrome floor lamps with adjustable shade and arm. USA, circa 1970. Made by Robert Sonneman. Priced as two (2) floor lamps. Dimensions: 54.5 inch height 9...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

George Kovacs Post Modern Geometric Floor Lamp Sconces by Sonneman, 1987
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of geometric slender post modern floor lamps. The base is a pyramid, both faces of the diffuser are polished nickel with a white enamel interior. These are great as floor lamp...
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1980s American Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Enamel, Nickel

Postmodern Sonneman for Kovacs Two Light Anglepoise Halogen Floor Lamp
By Kovacs, Robert Sonneman
Located in New York, NY
Voguish 1980's chic architectural two arm angle poise floor lamp in graphic black finish. The lamp features two adjustable arms, ( each 34 in. W ) with cone form head ( 4 in. Dia. ),...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Metal

Modern 1950's Chrome Adjustable Floor and Reading Lamp by Robert Sonneman
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Hudson, NY
A very handsome 1950's modern adjustable floor and reading lamp designed by Robert Sonneman, with a unique parallel bar design, making the height of the lamp adjustable easily, and h...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Larger Pair Robert Sonneman Chrome "Orbiter" Floor Lamps, Circa 1970
By Robert Sonneman
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Classic pair of Robert Sonneman Articulating Chrome Orbiter Floor Lamps. Featuring Chrome-Plated Steel arches, adjustable swing arms, Black metal handles and Black rimmed Chrome Glob...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Robert Sonneman Floor Lamps

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Stainless Steel, Chrome

Robert Sonneman floor lamps for sale on 1stDibs

The Robert Sonneman floor lamps are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Robert Sonneman floor lamps, there are many options, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 43 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original floor lamps by Robert Sonneman were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider floor lamps by Laurel Lamp Company, Koch & Lowy and Gerald Thurston. Robert Sonneman floor lamps can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $850 and tops out at $7,978, while pieces like these can sell for $1,950 on average.

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