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Paavo Tynell 10 Arms Brass Chandelier for Lightolier , 1950 , USA

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Paavo Tynell collaborated for a short period of time with Lightolier in the 50s. There is obvious influence of his style in this chandelier . There is 14 light bulbs on this lamp . 4 are hidden under the lightly pierced shade under . The brass pin under is a 3 way pull switch that enable you to light up only the pierced shade on the first pull ( cool night light ) , on the 2nd click the whole chandelier is ON and finally all is OFF on the 3rd click . E12 candelabra size light bulbs. Prime quality material , superb craftmanship and assembly. Measure 22 inches wide.

Details

  • Creator
    Lightolier (Manufacturer)
  • Similar to
    Paavo Tynell (Designer)Gerald Thurston (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Diameter: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Metal,Enameled
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    St- Leonard, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU219836587783

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    Ships From: St- Leonard, Canada
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About the Manufacturer

Lightolier

Founded in 1904 in New York and family-operated through most of its history, Lightolier was one of the pioneering American electric lighting companies, best known for its embrace of stylistic and technical innovations.

Collectors focus on vintage Lightolier lighting fixtures produced from the 1950s and into the 1970s, when an in-house design team led by Gerald Thurston — and a stellar cast of international design contributors — created an array of practical yet aesthetically lively table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and chandeliers.

Amidst the post-World War II building boom, Lightolier — the name combines “light” and “chandelier” — aggressively boosted its residential lighting division. Thurston, who was strongly influenced by the sleek designs of Gino Sarfatti and his Italian lighting firm Arteluce, towards simpler lamp designs that offered flexibility of function. His best-known designs include the Cricket task light — a lamp with an adjustable enameled metal hood that toggles on a slender bent-metal base — and the three-legged Tripod floor lamp. At the same time, Thurston had a wonderful eye for talent and sought work from some of the lesser-known greats of the era, such as Paavo Tynell, the Finnish lighting designer, who designed several brass chandeliers for Lightolier with his trademark elegant flamboyance.

And more, Thurston recognized abilities in designers not known for their work in lighting.

Edward Wormley, head of furniture design for Dunbar, produced several noteworthy chandeliers employing canisters and reflective hoods. Alvin Lustig was famed as a graphic designer. His ca. 1953 Ring ceiling fixture for Lightolier had a minimalist techno look some 30 years ahead of its time. But this was par. Designed by Michael Lax in 1964, the Lytegem high-intensity lamp — included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art — features a ball-shaped shade attached with a chromed armature to a cubic base, a form that would be widely copied in the following decade. Chandeliers designed in the early 1970s by Gaetano Sciolari, with details such as acrylic diffusers and vertical, two-bulb arms, would define the look of lighting in their day.

A look through these pages reveals just how astonishingly wide a range of lighting pieces Lightolier produced. The company never flicked off its stylistic switch.

Find a collection of vintage Lightolier lamps and other lighting fixtures on 1stDibs.

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