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Pair Large Sculptural Wooden Laurel Mid-Century Modern Lamp, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of gorgeous monumental wooden MCM Danish lamps by Laurel Lamp Company.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Danish Modern Organic Form Teak Lamps by ESA Denmark
By ESA
Located in New York, NY
Pair of handcrafted organic form teak lamps with original woven lampshades. Bakelite sockets and light switches. Overall height 34.5 " lamp body measures 20.5" to top of socket. Sign...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Tall Danish Modern Turned Teak Lamp by ESA
By ESA
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s sculptural turned teak Danish lamp by ESA. Features a counterweighted base to better support the tall form. Retains the brass insert on the underside bearing the 'ESA, Made in ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Vintage Scandinavian ESA Mid-Century Modern Teak Table Lamp with Original Shade
By ESA
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This classic sculptural teak table lamp by ESA is a statement piece for any room or decor. The Danish lamp features a counterweighted base to better support the tall form. The lamp r...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Huge Pair Of Orange Drip Glaze Lamps Mid-century Modern Danish
By Sunset Lamps
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent huge pair of orange drip glaze lamps with light up bottoms. These amazing lamps retain their original huge drum shades with textured wool trim. The lamps make a huge st...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Lovely Pair of Brushed Brass Laurel Lamps Mid-century Danish Modern
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of mid-century modern brushed brass laurel lamps with walnut details.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut

Tall Pair of ESA Danish Modern Dark Solid Teak Table Lamps, circa 1960
By ESA
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Large pair of Scandinavian Modern ESA attributed, deep brown tapered Dark Brown Teak Table Lamps. Featuring finely turned, smooth, bullet forms. 21 H to top of socket. Shades shown f...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Danish Table Lamp, 1960
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Uno Kristiansson, Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
A mid-century table lamp. In solid teak, Denmark, 1960. Elegant teak lamps, pleated lampshade. It is in good general condition and works perfectly. The diffused light is very ple...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Danish Table Lamp '50163'
Located in Budapest, HU
A graceful, organic item made of pine wood. Completely rewired.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pine

  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Table Lamp '50163'
  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Table Lamp '50163'
  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Table Lamp '50163'
  • Mid-Century Modern Danish Table Lamp '50163'
H 25.6 in. W 8.27 in. D 8.27 in.
Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
By ESA
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of solid teak lamps by Esa Møbelvaerk, Denmark, circa 1958. Lamps have been completely re-wired for safety, and new top of the line brass hardware added, as well as brand new bu...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
H 34 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Mid Century Danish Modern 3 Way Brass Cage Lamp
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 3 way lamp. Switch provides lighting for one, two or all three shades to be lit simultaneously. Brass Cage like housing with 3 frosted shades suspended by brass rods. Shades...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Lamp
Located in Stamford, CT
A Danish Mid-Century table lamp composed of metal base, white ceramic body and slender teak neck.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Teak

  • Danish Mid-Century Lamp
  • Danish Mid-Century Lamp
  • Danish Mid-Century Lamp
  • Danish Mid-Century Lamp
H 33 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Large Single Danish Ceramic Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Green Mid-Century Modern pottery table lamp. Rewired with solid brass socket and cloth wire. It measures 35 in height to the finial and 29 1/2 in to the socket.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Table Lamps

Aluminum & Rosewood Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Rosewood and aluminum floor lamp, circa 1960's. This sleek contemporary beauty has a tri-light socket, allowing for 3 brightness levels to suit different lighting requirements. Updat...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum

Pair of ESA Denmark Turned Solid Teak Table Lamps, 1950s
By ESA
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Danish Modern ESA Denmark solid Turned Teak Bedside Lamps, Desk Lamps. Featuring rounded bowling pin bottle form. 18" H to top of socket. Natural. Smooth. Small footprint. M...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Michael Andersen
By Michael Andersen & Son
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Michael Andersen Gorgeous and very rare ceramic table lamp produced by Michael Andersen & Sons in Bornholm, Denmark in the 1970s. Circular ba...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Mid-Century Danish Modern Staved Teak Wood Bulbous Sculpted Table Lamp
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-century Danish modern staved teak wood bulbous sculpted table lamp. Item features solid teak wood construction, clean modernist lines, sleek sculptural form, includes original sh...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Floor Lamp, Brass, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Danish Mid-Century Modern ceramic floor lamp, brass and fabric. Made in 1960s. Brand new high end screen.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware lamp by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware lamp by Soholm Table lamp handmade of stoneware with ceramic glazing in tones of blue. Graphical pattern to the base of the lamp. Produce...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Danish Table Lamps
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of walnut with brass accent table lamps. Lamps operate by pulling the center piece of wood down which is connected to the socket via a chain which turns the lamp on and...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid Century Table Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage lamp is the perfect size for a small desk or entry way table. From the mid century, it features a beautifully simple geometric design and dark linen lamp shade.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

  • Danish Mid Century Table Lamp
  • Danish Mid Century Table Lamp
  • Danish Mid Century Table Lamp
  • Danish Mid Century Table Lamp
H 17 in. W 7 in. D 6 in.
Mid-Century Modern Danish Carved Sculptural Teak Table Lamp
Located in West Hartford, CT
Architectural Danish modern teak table lamp that looks like a sculpture. Great lines and scale, not too big, not too small, see dimensions below. Wired for US and in perfect working...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair Of Rosewood And Brass Tall Laurel Lamps Mid-century Danish
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome pair of tall rosewood veneer and brass Laurel lamps. The graining on the bases is quite lovely and the brass has a nice vintage patina.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Danish Modern Teak & Brass Reading Floor Lamp
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Scandinavian Modern teak with brass reading floor with milk glass shade. Shade is adjustable.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Tall Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp by Soholm
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Berlin, DE
Tall Danish Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp by Soholm Table lamp made of stoneware with ceramic glazing in beautiful tones of bronw and green produced by Soholm Stentoj in D...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp Model 1067 by Soholm
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp model 1067 by Soholm Table lamp made of stoneware with ceramic glazing in beautiful tones of green, orange, yellow and brown produced by Sohol...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp Model 1068 by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp model 1068 by Soholm. Stoneware table lamp with circular shaped base and long neck produced in Denmark by Soholm. Beautiful ceramic glazing in...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Danish Hand Carved Mid Century Modern Sculptural Wooden Table Lamp
Located in Weesp, NL
Hand carved Danish mid century modern table lamp in great vintage condition. We had a new shade made and waxed and polished all the wood. The height of the base is 50cm and the new c...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp by Desiree Stentoj
By Desiree
Located in Berlin, DE
- Ceramic table lamp produced by Danish company Desiree stentoj in the 1970s - Abstract graphic pattern to the front and back of the lamp base - Beautiful multicoloured glazing Re...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Vintage Mid Century Modern Danish Artisan Prototype Teak Table Lamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish artisan prototype teak table lamp. This is an amazing lamp that i immensely enjoyed renovating. The lamp can only be one of two things. Either it ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Excellent Pair of Danish Modern Sculptural Walnut Lamps Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of sculptural walnut globe lamps. Well designed walnut ribs surround a fluted handblown white glass globe. The lovely globes sit on top of brass cup shaped holders. The...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Walnut

Mid-Century Danish Teak Lamp
Located in Denver, CO
A handsome vintage Danish teak lamp with original shade hardware. Original European plug and US adapter. New wiring with standard harp hardware available at pass-through cost. ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

  • Mid-Century Danish Teak Lamp
  • Mid-Century Danish Teak Lamp
  • Mid-Century Danish Teak Lamp
  • Mid-Century Danish Teak Lamp
H 14.0375 in. Dm 3.5 in.
Danish Mid-Century Modern Solid Teak and Brass Table Lamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern solid teak and brass table lamp with a very elegant period design. 3 legged base in turned teak and with a brass upright. Rewired with a twisted c...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Table Lamp with ArtbyMaj Lampshade
Located in Søborg, DK
Danish Mid-Century Modern teak table lamp with a beautiful limited edition lampshade from ArtbyMaj. This solid teak lamp sits on 3 turned legs. It still has the original Bakelite bul...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Danish Walnut Mid Century Modern Cylinder Shape Table Lamp
By George Nelson
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Cylinder shape Danish modern table lamp.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Table Lamp, 1960, Denmark
By Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Uno Kristiansson
Located in Wiesbaden, DE
A Mid-century table lamp. In solid Teak, Denmark, 1960. Elegant teak lamps, pleated lampshade. It is in good general condition and works perfectly. The diffused light is very pleas...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Rope, Teak

Huge Squatty Drip Glaze Lamp Mid-century Danish Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Over the top gorgeous huge squatty lava drip glaze lamp. This is one gigantic colorful piece of art that is also a fabulous lamp! I love this piece so much i had to own one for mysel...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair Of Walnut And Brass Laurel Lamps With Original Shades Mid-century Danish
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful pair of walnut and brass laurel lamps with their original shades. This pair look amazing with the original linen shades with wooden applied diamonds.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern White Steel Floor Lamp by Danish Maker Frandsen
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Elegant floor lamp designed and made by Danish lamp specialist Frandsen. It consists of a round base on which three tubes have been mounted, carrying a two level shade. The way the...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Handmade Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware table lamp by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Handmade Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware table lamp by Soholm Table lamp made of stoneware with ceramic glazing in different tones of blue. Circular pattern to the base of ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Danish Mid Century Modern Solid Dark Teak Table Lamp, 1960's
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Danish Modern turned solid teak lamp, Circa 1960. Featuring a rounded Dark Teak column form with Chrome neck. 17 H to top of socket. 12H to top of Teak. Shade shown for display and n...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Mid-Century Danish Modern Mobach Ceramic Vase Table Lamp
By Mobach
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Mid-Century Danish modern ceramic vase produced by Mobach in Utrecht. Features a hand-shaped cylinder form with a fantastic crackle glaze in an array of muted reds with teal...
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20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Enormous Mid-Century Modern Danish Modern Table Lamps Teak Bases Linen Shades
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This incredible set of tall linen shade ceramic lamps are in absolutely beautiful condition and measure an imposing 47 inches tall with their shades and 33 tall without them. They ar...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Linen, Teak

Vintage Pair Mid-Century Modern Danish Wood & Brass Table Lamps Restored
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lovely pair of vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish table lamps. Brass and wood. These have been restored to perfection! The original brass base has been newly plated, all new matching ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Magnificent Pair of Orange Oversized Squatty Danish Lava Drip Glaze Lamps Modern
By Sunset Lamps
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Over the top gorgeous pair of orange huge squatty lava drip glaze lamps. These are gigantic colorful pieces of art that are also a fabulous lamps! I love these lamps so much i had to...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Wooden Danish Table Lamps, circa 1960's
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamps. The sculpted wooden bases hold these lamps in an artful and graceful way. The shades are ivory with navy banding and are new. The lamps...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Pair of Mid-Century Danish Modern Tornado Funnel Table Lamps
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of mid-century Danish modern tornado funnel table lamps Offered is a pair of mid-century Danish modern tornado funnel table lamps. This pair of vintage lamps are made of Walnut...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Pair of Danish Mid-Century Solid Brass Table Lamps
Located in Norwalk, CT
A pair of heavy, solid Danish mid-century candlestick-form faceted brass table lamps. These minimalist design lamps make them quite the versatile pair. No manufacturer's markings.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Solid Teak Table Lamp with an Artbymay Lamp Shade
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern turned solid teak table lamp with a very elegant period design. Rewired and topped with a limited edition lampshade from ArtbyMaj in the manner of...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Danish Mid-Century Three-Arm Floor Lamp
Located in Nordhavn, DK
A Danish Mid-Century three-arm floor lamp with red / coral shades. Black metal, arms coated with black fluted plastic material. The three light points can be directed in differen...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

  • Danish Mid-Century Three-Arm Floor Lamp
  • Danish Mid-Century Three-Arm Floor Lamp
  • Danish Mid-Century Three-Arm Floor Lamp
  • Danish Mid-Century Three-Arm Floor Lamp
H 41.34 in. W 33.47 in. D 10.24 in.
Pair of Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamps, Brutalism, 1970s
By Gertrud Vasegaard
Located in Odense, DK
Pair of handmade table lamps, made by a unknown Danish artist, stamped R N. A fine experimental craftsmanship of the 1970s in great vintage condition. Made in various brown & orange ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Brutalist Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Nils Thorsson for Fog & Morup
By Nils Thorsson, Fog & Mørup
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Nils Thorsson for Fog & Morup This table lamp was designed by Royal Copenhagen's head designer for the BACA series, Nils Thorsson in the 19...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware

Pair of Abstract Sculptural Walnut Lamps Mid-century Danish Modern
By Heifetz
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazing pair of abstract sculptural walnut lamps. The solid walnut bases are sculpted by a master and are extremely well crafted. They look more like works of fine art than table l...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Soholm Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Lamp with Blue Ceramic Base
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Soholm handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern stoneware lamp with blue ceramic base Table lamp handmade of stoneware with ceramic glazing in tones of blue. Graphical pattern to the base...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Fagerhults Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
By Fagerhult
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Swedish plastic flexible floor lamp. Mid-1960s yellow with a flexible neck for maneuverability with positioning. Measures: H 140 cm x Dm 55 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Plastic

Danish Mid-Century Teak Ribbed Table Lamp
Located in London, GB
An elegant Danish table lamp. Denmark, c1960s. Ribbed wooden base, with perspex shade. Good condition, since re-wired and PAT tested. Without the shade - 32 H x 7 Dia...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wood

Pair Of Mid-century Modern Orange Drip Glazed Lamps Danish
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of mid-century modern orange drip glaze lamps with XL original textured shades. These lamps are very large and colorful with their thick orange glaze dripped over a ma...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Danish Søholm Table Lamp Earthy Colors, Mid-Century Modern Handmade Ceramic1970s
By Noomi Backhausen, Søholm Stentøj
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Midcentury Danish table lamp from Søholm Stentøj, Denmark designed by Svend Aage Jensen. Made circa 1960s to 70s. The lamp is handmade and made from stoneware. It has a repeated h...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Fabric

Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Lamp with Graphic Pattern by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern stoneware lamp with graphic pattern by Soholm Table lamp handmade of stoneware with ceramic glazing in tones of brown and blue. Graphical pattern ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Mid Century Pair Danish Brass Bouillotte Lamps
Located in Madrid, ES
A pair of boullitte lamps, in gold brass and metal lampshade, can be used both to place them on a table and to hang them on the wall as a wall lamp.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

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Mid Century Modern Lamp Danish For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century modern lamp Danish available at 1stDibs. A mid century modern lamp Danish — often made from metal, ceramic and brass — can elevate any home. Find 2381 options for an antique or vintage mid century modern lamp Danish now, or shop our selection of 98 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a mid century modern lamp Danish — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right mid century modern lamp Danish, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made mid century modern lamp Danish over the years, but those crafted by Louis Poulsen, Fog & Mørup and Poul Henningsen are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Mid Century Modern Lamp Danish?

Prices for a mid century modern lamp Danish start at $1 and top out at $69,996 with the average selling for $1,315.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.