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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
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

Extraordinary Sapphire Color Poliedri Murano Glass Ceiling Light or Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
This huge striking chandelier consists of 253 hand blown Ice, heavenly and blue colored "Poliedri" made of Murano glass. Brass frame wired for US standards with 12 E 27 lightbulbs. ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Rare Stella Six Lune Ceiling Light, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce rare original Stella flush mount ceiling light or chandelier with with six acid-etched glass globe shades suspended from rich patinated brass structure an...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Single Ceramic Pinapple Lamp, by Maison Lancel, Paris
Located in Dallas, TX
Large ceramic white and gold pineapple French lamp, by Maison Lancel, Paris, circa 1970s. Mid-Century Modern lamp. In excellent condition, rewired. Gold shade, sold together.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

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

Two Extendable Table Lamps by J.T. Kalmar, circa 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Two extendable table lamps by J.T. Kalmar, circa 1950s Extendable in the hight from 50cm up to 54cm Brass parts are polished and stove enamelled The Fabric is replaced ( new ) Pa...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Mats Birgersson, Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Töreboda, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp. Designed by Mats Birgersson, produced by his own studio, Töreboda. Produced 1960s. Stamped to underside. In brown glazed stoneware. With simple incised ornamentation...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Stoneware

Rattan XXL Coconut Tree Floor Lamp
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Very large handmade rattan coconut tree floor lamp comes with 7 bulbs in the coconuts and removable/ adjustable leaves. in the style of Mario Lopez Torres *Available in pair*.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rattan

Bauhaus Inspired Wall Lights in Black Bakelite and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
ESC Zukov, wall lights model 213, Bakelite, opaline glass, Czech Republic, 1950s These well-designed wall lights show a solid construction built off a black fixture executed in bake...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass, Bakelite

Large Modern Gold Amber Color Murano Glass Chandelier or Flush Mount, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
This chandelier with 100 gold amber color precious hank blown Murano glasses, supported by a chrome frame on five levels. A combination of a warm gold amber glasses creates a fabulou...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Blown Glass

Kalmar 'Tulipan' Chandelier Pendant Light, Blown Glass, 1970, One of Two
Located in Austria, AT
One of two glass pendant chandeliers model 'Tulipan' by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, Vienna, manufactured in Mid-Century, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The name Tulipan derives fr...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Vintage Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Murano icy ribbed glass chandelier with scalloped edged surround, supported by contemporary brass column and canopy, with original glass finial. (Re-wired for USA standards...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Blown Glass

Arredoluce Style Pair of Pendants
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Arredoluce style pair of pendants. Italy 1960s. Opaline glass, patinated brass.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Bergboms, Adjustable Floor Lamp, Brass, Rattan, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A floor lamp. Designed and produced by Bergboms, Sweden, c. 1970s. Assorted vintage rattan lampshade. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Hans Bergström, Josef Fra...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Abo Randers, Wall Lights, Brass, Rattan, Denmark, c. 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights. Designed and produced by Abo Randers, Denmark, c. 1970s. Assorted rattan lampshades. Stated dimensions exclude lampshades.
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Contemporary Pleated Wall Light with Linen Shade off-white Handmade
Located in London, GB
Limited edition handmade pleated wall light, simple geometric pleats formed into a semi-circular sconce. The pleated shade is made from off-white linen with a metal wall plate that f...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Stainless Steel

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, acrylic wrapping. Original lampshade. Stated dimensions are measured with lampshades attached, Other designers...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Diamante Sconce by Fabio Ltd - 4 available
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian wall lights or flush mounts with smoky Murano glasses hand blown in stylish diamond shaped patterns with textured effect, mounted on polished brass frames / Designed by Fabio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 5 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 5 rotating arms. Compact version, a great chandelier for low ceilings. Chandelier has a minimal height of 70 cm/ 28 inches and wil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Stilnovo Chandelier attributed
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stillovo chandelier ( attributed) with 12 lights. Patinated brass branches with matte opaline glass.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Adjustable Triennale 3 Arms Chandelier Brass, Stilnovo Style, Three Hues of Blue
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bespoke chandelier with three arms that are counterbalanced. That allows to move the arms up and down. The heads are on a pivotting joint to they can reach any desired angle. This c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Pair Gastone Colliva Modernist Table Lamps / Wall Sconces
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of rare Modernist Italian table or wall lamps by Gastone Colliva, circa 1960s. Minimalist brass tripod base with folded brass reflector and pierced metal diffuser. Designed with...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Enamel, Metal, Brass

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the variation of the Sistema chandelier where the shade is made of a thin cut Ivory Onyx slab. Actually the whole project started for this incredible material. Ivor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Onyx, Brass

Great 18 Palmette Shallow Flush Ceiling Mount, Murano
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Here the larger version of the successful 12 leaves compact palmette ceiling fixture. This group of shallow ceiling mount Murano chandelier was first designed for a luxury yacht lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

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

Small Vintage French Ceramic Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage diminutive French ceramic table lamp, 1960s. Signed near the bottom. Newly rewired for U.S standards, uses a candelabra bulb. Custom shade with top diffuser made of linen.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

1960s Pair of Table Lamps Italian by Luciano Frigerio Bronze Cream Silk Shades
Located in London, GB
Cubic brass structure with the original patina, decorated with abstract motifs in a low relief technique This pair comes with cylindrical shaped cream white colour matt silk shades....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Bronze

Pair of Italian Brass Ceramic Scallop Shell Shade Reading Floor Lamps, 1970s
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Pair of ceramic and brass reading floor lamps. Height is adjustable. Made in Italy. Great condition without any damages. Brass shows strong patina, please see all pictures. Thanks.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Carlo Nason, Fascino Multi Stemmed Brass Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
It was during last summer, a dinner on Carlo's mansion over the lagoon, I naively asked Carlo if he would like to make a brass chandelier design for me and the lab I use. Carlo Nas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Large Bernard Rooke Ceramic TOTEM Floor Lamp, Mid-20th Century England
Located in London, GB
A monumental ceramic TOTEM floor lamps by Bernard Rooke, mid-20th century England. Beautiful sculptural piece of studio pottery, made up of ceramic elements in natural tones of te...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Torchere Sconce by Barovier e Toso - 3 available
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian torchere wall lights with clear Murano glass hand blown to create a beaked textured effect using Rostrato technique, mounted on polished brass frame / Designed by Barovier e ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Italian Suspension Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Suspension light designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Enameled metal, brass. Custom brass backplate. Wired for U.S. standards. We recommend five E12 25 w maximum bulbs. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Bauhaus Inspired Wall Lights in Black Bakelite and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
ESC Zukov, wall lights model 213, Bakelite, opaline glass, Czech Republic, 1950s Resemblance to Bauhaus architect Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s wall lamp 6040 yet these lamps differ in mate...
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass, Bakelite

Orbitale Grand Planetario Brass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier that belongs to the Orbitale collection. I gave the Planetario name for the 8 planets and the sun representation. it's just one of the best chand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Grand Midcentury Flushmount, Chandelier in Structured Glass and Brass, Europe
Located in Almelo, NL
Extreme 62" large flushmount chandelier, in glass and brass, Europe, 1960s. Wonderful and very heavy quality flushmount chandelier made in Europe, manufactured, circa 1960s. The c...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Rolf Palm, Small Table Lamp, Glazed Stoneware, Rattan, Mölle, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A small table lamp. Produced and designed by Rolf Palm, Sweden. In glazed stoneware. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade. Height includes socket. Illustrated rattan lampshade can ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Stoneware

Murano Vetri 04 Cylinder Sconces, 14 Available
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian wall lights with hand blown milky white cylinder Murano glass shades mounted on brass frames / Made in Italy circa 1960s Original "Murano vetri 04" sticker on the glass Measu...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Italian Glass Lantern, circa 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine modernist Italian glass lantern, circa 1960. The large conical glass diffuser - perched atop a Minimalist brass structure - is acid-treated on both sides, giving it a very coars...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Four Sconces by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four sconces by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1940's. Brass. Custom brass backplate. Wired for U.S. standards. We recommend five E14 25w maximum ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Eight-Arm Brass Chandelier, Ivory or Black Heads, Gold Inside in Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Best size for dining room use. Enchanting 54in - 135cm diameter chandelier. Midcentury eight-arm spider chandelier with ivory or black shades and natural patinated brass. Pivotting...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Italian Textured Glass Pendant, circa 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine Italian pendant from the late 1950s-early 1960s. Very unusual diffuser made of thick clear glass with a satin finish on the outside as well as contrasting clear glass texture re...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Strutturato Sconces by Fabio Ltd
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian wall lights or flush mounts with clear Murano glasses hand blown in symmetrical textured patterns, mounted on polished brass frames / Designed by Fabio Bergomi for Fabio Ltd ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps by Einar Johansen for Soholm
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamps by Einar Johansen for Soholm Gorgeous pair of Danish table lamps designed by Einar Johansen and produced by Soholm Stentoj on th...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Italian Gold and Cobalt Blue Venetian / Murano Glass Chandelier by Vistosi, 1970
Located in New York, NY
Unique, Hand Blown Italian Mid-Century, Murano Glass Suspension Chandelier / Pendant by Gino Vistosi in a dramatic balance of color with golds and deep cobalt blue. The piece present...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass

D.T. Kunst, Table Lamp, Solid Teak, Rattan, Denmark, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, designed and produced in Denmark, 1950s. Features solid teak with brass inlays. Stated dimensions exclude lampshade, height includes socket. Illustrated model vinta...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Emil Stjenar for Rupert E. Nikoll Large Chandeliers in Glass and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Emil Stjenar for Rupert E. Nikoll, chandelier, glass, brass, Austria, 1960s Wonderful chandeliers by Emil Stjenar for Nikoll. This cylindric chandelier consists of multiple thin b...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

XXL Hotel Chandelier with Brass Fixture and Hand-Blowed Frosted Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
XXL hotel chandelier with brass fixture and hand-blowed frosted glass globes by Preciosa, Czechia. Extremely large diameter 7.2 Ft / 86 Inch hotel chandelier with brass fixture pr...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large French Wall Lights, 1950s, Brass and Satin Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair of large French three-arm wall lights from the 1950s. Brass hardware with satin glass diffusers and brass and ceramic E14 sockets with new wiring.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Floor Lamp
Located in Providence, RI
Floor lamp designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier, circa 1955. Lamp consists of five brass rods of graduated lengths, held together by a black steel ring, sitting on a round blac...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Steel, Aluminum

Striking Pair of Modern Amethyst Color Disc Murano Glass Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Each chandelier is made of 52 pink amethyst color discs of precious Murano glass, arranged on four levels. Nine E14 lights bulbs wired for US standards.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Vladimir Kagan, Rare Floor Lamp, Carved Walnut, String Shade, Studio, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare floor lamp designed by Vladimir Kagan. Produced by Kagan-Dreyfus in New York circa 1960s. Rod and base is finely carved walnut. Bears its original oversized string shade. ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Nylon, Walnut

Pair of Italian Murano Glass and Brass Wall Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Murano glass wall sconces with oval brass wall plaques; the molded glass with elegant scalloped design, each supported by upturned arms. Italy, circa 1950 Size: 17” ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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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

Contemporary Handcrafted Ceiling Lamp "Ischys" with Brass Curved Arms by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handmade ceiling fixture model "Ischys" in oxidized brass with 24 curved arms, in two different lengths, with light source on either end. The light source consists of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Floor Lamp by Meblo Designed by Harvey Guzzini, Italy, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Labeled by Meblo on bulb sockets - Very good original condition - Adjustable height. - Rewired - 2x60W, E12-E14 bulbs - US plug adapter included.  
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1970s Croatian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome

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

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