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Mid-Century Modern Lighting

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style:Mid-Century Modern
Pair of Italian Wall Lights, circa 1958, Brass and Satin Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare large brass and satin glass wall lights attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958. Excellent build quality pared with a dynamic modernist design. The large blown glass diffusers are ma...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Vintage French Black Ceramic Rooster Lamp in the Style of Georges Jouve
Located in Washington, DC
Unusual and large vintage black ceramic lamp base in the form of a rooster. Lamp is signed and in excellent condition.
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic, Pottery

Large Citrus-Yellow Pendant in Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant, opaline glass, Italy, 1960s. This bright yellow oval pendant is executed in opaline glass. The pendant is large and boat shaped. The smooth yellow shades results in a warm ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Mid-20th Century Glazed Terracotta Lantern
Located in Chicago, IL
A groovy mid-20th century American terracotta lantern with the best green and yellow splatter glaze, a cylindrical raw silk shade, and a chunky wood pull chain. Electrified for US. A...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Terracotta

Large 1950s Glass and Metal Wall or Ceiling Lamp by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1950s glass and metal wall or ceiling lamp by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi. Executed in sculpturally curved opaline glass and black and white painted metal. A highly refined design ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Innocenti Gandini for Arredoluce ‘Scultura’ Table Lamp in Brushed Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Innocenti Gandini for Arredoluce, ‘Scultura’ table lamp model 14098, steel, frosted aluminum, Italy, circa 1970 These ‘Scultura’ table lamps are designed by the talented and innov...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

American Designer, Freeform Table Lamp, Wood, Brass, Rattan, America, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp. In finely carved wood. Designed and produced by unknown maker. Presents with beautiful original patina to wood and brass. Sold with an assorted vintage rattan lampsh...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rattan, Wood

Dieter Schulz Model No. 57/4 16 Floor Lamp for Wohnbedarf AG Schweiz, 1957
By Stilnovo, Dieter Schulz, Wohnbedarf
Located in Glendale, CA
Dieter Schulz Model No. 57/4 16 floor lamp for Wohnbedarf AG Schweiz, 1957. Executed in black enameled metal and brass. A quintessentially midcentury European design that is highly f...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Wicker Lotus Light Fixture or Pendant From the Flores Collection
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chic wicker light fixture or pendant crafted with a sturdy metal frame ambitiously wrapped in reed in a four tiered lotus flower form, exclusively designed and offered by F. S. Henem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Wicker

Chandelier, Black Ivory Pivoting Shades, Twin Bulb, Patina Brass, Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Lovely small chandelier for entries or corridors. Midcentury cluster three-arm chandelier with a Classic two-tone head. Made by a lab specialized in midcentury restoration. Owner is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Sistema, Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, for Oval dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Second SISTEMA chandelier with 3 sections and 6 arms. Ideal for an oval dining table. It works well also over an island or a counter, and still great on a rectangular table. With a r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

XL Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is a large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane Street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

1950s White Perforated Metal & Brass Sconce by Stilnovo
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s white perforated metal & brass sconce by Stilnovo. Executed in white perforated metal and patinated brass with the trademark Stilnovo circular 'knuckle' jointed brass arm for u...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Joe Pendant Lamp 640 by Wende Reid
Located in Paddington, NSW
Joe pendant lamp 640 This Classic, tailored, double pendant lamp, inspired by menswear is reminiscent of 1940s style and the early simplicity of Art Deco. Now also available as a fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Australian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Copper

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the luxury version of the Sistema chandelier, the shade is made of a thin cut precious ivory onyx slab. Ivory onyx comes from middle east quarries and has a unique...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Onyx, Brass

Swedish, Wall Lights / Sconces, Brass, Blue Lacquer Metal Rattan Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights, designed and produced in Sweden, 1970s. In brass, blue lacquered metal, assorted rattan lampshades. No stated max wattage on fixture, not UL-listed. Current...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp Model 1994-1996 Designed, Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy, Finland, 1953
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp model 1994-1996 designed by Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy, Finland, 1953. Brass with fabric cord. Drop height variable. Measures: Shade diameter 15 cm/ 6".
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Adjustable Three-Arm Chandelier Brass Patinated Sage Green New Staggered Design
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier repeats the arms construction of the other three arms chandeliers in line. The new feature is that the pivot points on the central stem are not on the same line but s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Pair of 1950s Diablo Sconces by Giuseppe Ostuni for O-Luce
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s Diablo sconces by Giuseppe Ostuni for O-Luce Executed in black painted metal and brass. A sculptural and refined wall lamp reminiscent of a contemporary midcentury Stil...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Swedish, Adjustable Organic Floor Lamp, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable floor lamp, designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s. brass. Brand new fabric lampshade. Organic adjustable arm and rod, height adjustable. Features ornamentation to t...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 3 rotating arms. Arms are balanced with a heavy cast brass sphere and are rotating on the stem in an orbital movement. In order t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

"Area Curvea" Ceiling Light by Mario Bellini & Giorgio Origlia for Artemide
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Area Curvea ceiling light by Mario Bellini & Giorgio Origlia for Artemide. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1974. Steel, acrylic, with resin shade. Original cord, wired for U.S. s...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Steel

Six Arms Brass Chandelier, Ivory Sage Pivot Shades, Stilnovo Style, Twelve Bulbs
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bestseller for the perfect price and size combination. For eclectic or midcentury dining room and living rooms. Enchanting 54in-135cm diameter chandelier. The 12 bulbs are providing ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Art Deco Style Valverde Floor Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary art deco style Valverde floor lamp polished brass clear glass handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Valverde floor lamp materials Round floor l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Tripod Floor Lamp, Italy, 1950
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Tripod floor lamp in brass, metal and fabric, Italy, 1950. The 3 quadrangular pieces, connected by a mat black metal part, are thinned at their top, the 3 cylindrical shades each rec...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Xl Large Holophane Paris Street Pendant Light, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Linden Table Lamp with Contemporary Linen Shades by Studio Dunn
Located in Rumford, RI
The Linden table lamp features a cream linen shade and lamp body, solid hardwood walnut base, and brass details. A study in duality, the piece explores the balance between soft, flow...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

American Craft, Freeform Table Lamp, Wood, Brass, Rattan, America, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp. In finely carved and stained oak in abstract form. Designed and produced by unknown studio craftsman. Presents with beautiful original patina to wood and brass. Sold...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rattan, Wood

Goffredi Riggiani Delicate Floor Lamp in Chromed Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Goffredi Reggiani, floor lamp, chromed metal, Italy, 1970s. A chromed floor lamp by Goffredi Reggiani, featuring four shades at different heights. The shades can be directed indepen...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Pair of 1950s White Perforated Metal & Brass Sconces by Stilnovo
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1950s white perforated metal & brass sconces by Stilnovo. Executed in white perforated metal and patinated brass with the trademark Stilnovo circular 'knuckle' jointed brass ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Aluminum Laurel Mushroom Floor Lamp, 1973
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern mushroom floor lamp, marked 1973. Classic and iconic mushroom floor lamp made by The Laurel Lamp Company of Newark, NJ. The brushed aluminum base and original fro...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Sistema, Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, Featured for Dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke chandelier with the best light output for dining table, conference table or any wide working table. This chandelier uses the successful rotating stem structure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Twin Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Orbitale 3 arms frame using the twin shade. Shown with 3 rotating arms. I designed this for being placed above a kitchen island where it's at the best of use, having task light and m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

1960s Glass and Red Painted Metal Pendant Attributed to Stilnovo
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s glass and red painted metal pendant attributed to Stilnovo. A quintessentially 1960s Italian design executed in opaline glass and red painted metal with custom ceiling canopy f...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

RAAK Amsterdam Four Ceiling Lights in Smoked Glass and Brass
By RAAK
Located in Waalwijk, NL
RAAK Amsterdam, ceiling light, smoked glass, brass, the Netherlands, 1970s These beautifully designed glass shades by RAAK Amsterdam hold three small light bulbs, attached to brass ...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

SERENE White Wood 24" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement with this organic modern shade offered in several wood types. Modern lighting for alcove, entrywa...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood

Set of Two Stilnovo Attributed Brass and White Glass Chandeliers, circa 1958
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Two amazing chandeliers made in Italy attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958, the structure in polished brass it's in original patina and the white satin glass diffusers are in excellent...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Sergio Mazza 'Magnolia' Ceiling Lamp for Quattrifolio, circa 1971
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Sergio Mazza 'Magnolia' ceiling lamp for Quattrifolio, circa 1971. Executed in a seemingly floating bilious hand blown opaline glass shade below a Minimalist white enameled met...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

1980s Sinerpica Table Lamp by Michele de Lucchi
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage Sinerpica table lamp by Italian architect Michele de Lucchi for the Memphis movement in the early 1980s. De Lucchi was one of the co-founders of the postmodern design group M...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Natural Gray Wood 27" Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Other

Italian Modern Pendant Light in Acrylic and Brass by Stilux Milano, 1970s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Italian mid-century pendant lamp or chandelier manufactured from Stilux Milano in the 1970s. The pendant light is made of four square acrylic lampshades which are mounted to the cen...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Murano Glass Venini Sconces, 1950s
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of murano glass Venini sconces, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass

Mid Century Brass & Murano Glass Flowers Sconces or Flush Mounts, Italy 1970s
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large round and flat brass & Murano glass wall sconces or flush mounts, Mid Century Modern, Italy circa 1970s. The vintage pair is made of a round , flat, pleated brass base...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Stilnovo Original Ceiling or Wall Light Model 1036
Located in New York, NY
Stilnovo original ceiling or wall light model 1036, Italy, 1950s. 7-light fixture with brass shades on black enameled metal arms of different lengths radiating from central canopy or...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1940's. Opaline glass, brass. Custom brass backplates. Wired for U.S. standards. We recom...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

1 of 3 Pairs of Kalmar 'Tulipan' Sconces Wall Lights, Austria, 1970s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Wonderful pair of midcentury wall sconces, made by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured, circa 1970-1979. Each tulip-shaped glass is handmade which makes each glass piece a unique piece. E...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass

Adjustable Brass Floor Lamp 1970s
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Height-adjustable floor lamp with swivel brass arm. The lamp has a dimmer and requires a light bulb with an E27 socket. Good original condition. Details Creator: unknown Peri...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

1 Of the 8 Flower Wall Lights, Brass and Glass by Sische, 1970s, Germany
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 flower wall lights, brass and glass by Sische Lighting, circa 1970s, Germany. Each of these wall lights is composed of a glass flowers shade screwed through round metal ri...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

One of the Four Blown Murano Glass and Brass Wall Lights by Hillebrand
Located in Rijssen, NL
One of the four high-end Murano glass on a brass base sconces by Hillebrand, Germany, circa 1960s. Length 23.6 inch It consists of textured quality clear crystal tubular shade simul...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Murano Black/Brown Glass, Cenedese Styl Lamps Italy 60s
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern Murano glass table lamps with black almost opaque tops and brown transparent bases. Attributed to Cenedese, Italy, late 1960s The pair of vintage t...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Rare Pair Big Reggiani Seven Convex Disc Wall Sconce, 1970s, Italy, Whit Label
Located in Rovereta, SM
Rare pair big Reggiani seven convex disc wall sconce, 1970s, Italiy Whit Label. Available 3 pair.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Sconces by BAG Turgi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of double shade sconces by BAG Turgi. Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, Circa 1950'S. Brass, enameled metal. Custom brass backplate. Shades adjust to various positions. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Illustrated Fabric Floor Lamp, 1950s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Mid-Century Modern brass and illustrated fabric floor lamp, 1950s, Germany Lamp is in very good vintage condition. This lamp works with 2 x E27 light bulb. Max 100W Wired and ...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Steuler Table Lamp Facette Designed by Cari Zalloni
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Beautiful Facette in white (matte) table lamp by Cari Zalloni for Steuler. The lamp is 25 cm height including newly made shade 45 cm height. The lamp shade is newly made in seventies...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

Monumental Daniel Becker 'Emily 13' Chandelier in Glossy Black & Black Oak Frame
Located in Glendale, CA
Monumental Daniel Becker 'Emily 13' chandelier in gloss black with black oak frame. Designed by Berlin luminary Daniel Becker and handmade to order using midcentury manufacturing tec...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures, is t...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Swedish, Three-Armed Floor Lamp, Lacquered Metal, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable three-armed floor lamp. In lacquered metal, brass. Original fabric lampshades. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Hans Bergström, Hans Agne Jakobsso...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chandelier with Ice Glass by J.T. Kalmar Austria, 1950s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent Mid-Century Modern chandelier. Design by J.T. Kalmar. Striking Austrian design from the 1950s. Brass frame with eight original ice glass shades. Rewired with eight or...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass