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Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

Walter von Nessen (Germany and USA, 1889–1943)
Walter von Nessen (Germany and USA, 1889–1943)

Art Deco industrial designer Walter von Nessen is best known for his glamorous Machine Age lighting designs and for his invention of the swing-arm lamp. Von Nessen was born in Germany, where he studied under Bruno Paul at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbeschule. After World War I, he worked for the architect Peter Behrens, in Berlin. He left in 1919 for Stockholm, where he designed furniture until emigrating with his wife, Margaretta, to the United States in 1923. In 1927, the couple opened Nessen Studios in Manhattan, designing and selling sleek, modern architectural lighting.

Art Deco was both novel and exciting in the late 1920s — as, indeed, was electricity itself — and Nessen Studios was at the forefront of the movement. Electric lighting designers at the time had no direct models to follow. The shapes and silhouettes of gas lamps, lanterns and chandeliers had been influenced by those of the kerosene-, oil- and candle-lit fixtures that preceded them, which in turn were informed by the fuels they used. Electric lighting required designs that accommodated essentials of the new technology, like cords and sockets. Von Nessen and his contemporaries thus had to create fixtures that addressed these challenges and looked modern without appearing overly mechanical.

Along with industrial-design visionaries of the period like Raymond Loewy, Gilbert Rohde and Donald Deskey, von Nessen crafted a style that was emblematic of the Machine Age. He produced lamps and home accessories from spun aluminum, with smooth surfaces that evoked the polished gleam of streamlined automobiles and airplanes. And he experimented with other popular materials of the era, such as Bakelite, chrome and fiberglass. His ingenious design for the now-ubiquitous swing-arm lamp earned him a reputation as an innovator.

Von Nessen’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, among other institutions. Designed to complement the luxurious interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s, still look fresh nearly a century later.

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Art Deco Adjustable Walter Von Nessen Original Swing Arm Lamp Early Production
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in San Diego, CA
Early production on this floor lamp design by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios, in brushed steel finish, the arm moves back and forward and the pole goes up and down comes with t...
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20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Steel

Walter Von Nesson 'Skyscraper' Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen, Jule Bouy
Located in Hudson, NY
Silvered metal floor lamp, circa 1930. Measure: Base is 10" x 10".
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Steel

Pair of White Torchieres by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Denver, CO
A pair of white torchieres by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios. Dramatic tapered stems beneath large conical shades rise from weighted disc bases. Included adapters convert o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Metal

Walter Von Nessen Swing Arm Nickel Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Pasadena, CA
Walter Von Nessen swing arm nickel floor lamp. As pictured, arm measures 10.5" for shorter section and 17.5" for longer end section which holds the shade and bulb, or a total of 26....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Nickel

Walter Von Nessen Modern Swing Arm Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in New York, NY
Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios modern floor lamp with adjustable swing arm, aluminum with basket-form metal shade, signed under weighted base "Nessen Studios No. 10." Measures...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Aluminum

Walter Von Nessen Studios Adjustable Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Walter Von Nessen late 1930s adjustable floor lamp. Lamp can be raised from 49" - 60" in height. Shade also pivots to direct light down or up! Perfect as a reading Lamp and to illumi...
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1930s American Machine Age Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome

Adjustable Brass Floor Lamp by Nessen Studios
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Providence, RI
Adjustable brass floor lamp by Nessen Studios of New York, circa 1939. Adjusts from floor lamp height (65"), to reading lamp height (55"). Lamp has been completely re-wired for safet...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Brass

Chrome and Linen Adjustable Floor Lamp by Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A 1970s polish chrome with a vanilla linen shade adjustable floor lamp by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios. The lamp has a swing arm and it raises up and down. Newly rewired. D...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Pair of Early Art Deco Floor Lamps by Walter Von Nessen
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of early Art Deco floor lamps, designed by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios, American, circa 1940s. They slide up and down for an adjustable height. They have been rewired a...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Metal, Aluminum

Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp Early Version
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in New York, NY
Early and rare version of the now iconic Machine Age Nessen swing arm floor lamp. The construction of this example dates the lamp from the 1930's (fluted column etc.), the lamp is s...
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Mid-20th Century American Machine Age Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Steel

Walter Von Nessen Art Deco Styled Floor Lamp
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A brushed stainless steel pole floor lamp with integrated laminate drink table with metal base and original linen shade. Manufactured by the Nessen Lamp Company. The drink table meas...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

Pair of Von Nessen Articulated Chrome Floor Lamps
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Oaks, PA
A pair of Walter Von Nessen articulated chrome floor lamps. With adjusted width swing arm (adjusts from 8.5" to 15.25"). Custom linen shade measures 5" H x 15" D with a 5" H harp. Ex...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Chrome

Early 1930s Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp, Art Deco
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great example, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Walter Von Nessen adjustable height floor lamp. From 50" -58", retains original milk glass shade, also original white bakelite on/off switch, brass ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Brass

Walter Von Nessen Floor Lights
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Walter Von Nessen Manufacturer: Nessen Lighting Period and Model: Mid-Century Modern Specs: Brushed Chrome Condition These Walter Van Nessen floor lights are...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

Pair Nessen Studios Floor Lamps Brushed Nickel Standard Stem with Linen Shades
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Chicago, IL
This pair of floor lamps is a classic design from Nessen Studios, NY. They have a brushed nickel finish, round bases, standard stems, push button switches, and linen shades. They hav...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamps

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Nickel

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