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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
21st Century Art Deco Style Moreira Wall Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Moreira Wall Lamp Golden Lacquered Clear Glass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Simplicity and elegance are the main feature...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass, Wood

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. The luxurious Art Deco floor lamp Valverde c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Mid Century Italian Brass Black Large Mobile Chandelier "Magico e Meditativo"20t
Located in Milano, IT
Original Italian brass mobile chandelier manufactured in a very small handcraft production in Milano, 20th century Large, magic and poetical mobile chandelier with brass and black s...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass, Wire

1960s Very Rare Floor Lamp by Josef Hurka
Located in Praha, CZ
- New handmade lampshade from hand made paper - Newly rewired - EU/US bulb E27/E26 - US plug adapter included for US order.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Customizable Huge Industrial Dome Pendant Lamp, Black and Silver, Aluminium
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a light fixture that Souda originally designed for a startup-company's office in NYC. These are huge and are a great statement piece. Shown in this image is the s...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Murano Art Glass Gold and White Wall Light, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful design for this leaf-shaped applique, all gold with a vertical white rib. The applique is made up of a single piece of Murano glass, almost as if it were a Murano "sommers...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Large Pine Ceiling Lights
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, ceiling lights, pine, Sweden, 1960s This set of three ceiling lights is designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. The lamps have an organic and at the same ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Pine

21st Century Art Deco Style Flute Floor Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Flute Floor Lamp Polished Brass Clear Glass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Silent Flute with beautiful, frosted glass sphe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Set of Two Italian Gold Glass Wall Sconces, 1970s
By Tre Ci Luce Vega, Tre Ci/Luce Cesaro L.
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Set of two Italian Tubular Wall Sconces by Tre Ci Luce from 70s. These Wall Sconces have no use, they are new old stock, the condition is excellent .“Tre Ci Luce” original label sti...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Cinquanta Mondrian Colors Suspension Lamp by Vittoriano Viganò for Astep
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
VV Cinquanta suspension lamp Design by Vittoriano Viganò This version is special edition with mondrian colors The VV Cinquanta suspension is elegant and versatile with two posab...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Floor Lamps Model 2326 Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of floor lamps model 2326 designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1934. Brass with fabric shade. Adjustable stem height. Measures: height: 153 cm / 5' 1/4'' ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Table Lamp Model GMA 700, Anonymous, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Table lamp model GMA 700, anonymous, Sweden, 1950s. Brass and leather. Measures: Height: 47 cm / 1' 6 1/2" Diameter: 36 cm / 1' 2".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Danish Mid Century Round Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
An mid 20th century round ceramic table lamp. Made in Denmark. Beautiful glaze that complementary the overall impression of this modern table lamp. Great vintage condition. Me...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic

Jacques Adnet Adjustable Floor Lamp in Black Leather
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome brass, leather and metal floor lamp by French designer Jacques Adnet. Circa 1950s. Tripod brass base secures into the stem which is wrapped in a rich black leather and secur...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

1960s German Doria Leuchten Ice Frosted Tubular Glass & Brass Wall Sconce
Located in London, GB
1960s wall sconces/wall lights with vertical ice-glass frosted tubes positioned at varying heights at either side of a single central longer tube. Manufactured by Doria Leuchten in G...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Murano Egg Lamp Italy White Egg Lamp, circa 1970
Located in Valladolid, ES
Fun egg white Lamp by Vetri Murano, Italy. In a very good condition with age and use. It simulates a snowy white, as white snow sparks . A beautiful and very fun piece for any corne...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

1950s Belgium Val St Lambert Turquoise Purple & Clear Crystal Glass Table Lamp
Located in London, GB
A stunning and colourful 1950s Belgium Val Saint Lambert, turquoise, purple and clear twisted crystal table lamp base. The lamp is fitted with a brass mounted bayonet bulb socket...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Rare Vintage Fornasetti Sun and Moon Floor Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Italian floor lamp in gilt wood and metal with reverse painted depictions of the Sun and Moon, designed by Piero Fornasetti, manufactured by Antonangelli Illuminazione in Mil...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Smoke and Clear Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier or Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
This striking chandelier is composed by 78 smoke and ice color Murano glass 'Tronchi' by 20 cm high. Ten E 27 light bulbs . Measures: Height without chain( cm 60 )inches 23,60 w...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Opaline Glass and Gilt Brass Tulip Floor Lamp, 60s
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Tulip floor lamp, gilded brass, composed of six stems that support opal glass cups. Working electrical system, available with adapters for American bulbs. Italian production of the ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Blue Tronchi Chandelier
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian chandelier with vintage 1960s Venini blue Murano tronchi glasses, mounted on newly made gold finish metal frame / Made in Italy 7 lights / E26 or E27 type / max 60W each M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass

Pair of Gold Leaf Sconces by Barovier e Toso, 4 Pairs Available
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian leaf shaped wall light shown in hand blown murano glass infused with 24-karat gold flecks mounted on bronze frame / Made in Italy by Barovier e Toso, circa 1950s 1 light / E1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Gold Leaf

Mid Century Modern Table Desk Lamp Leucos Murano Milk Glass Italian Design 1980s
Located in Palermo, IT
Wonderful and large table or desk lamp "ibis" model, produced by the Italian company Leucos between the end of the 70's and the beginning of the 80's. The lamp has a black enamelled ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum

Mathieu Matégot Black Baghdad Table Lamp by Atelier Matégot, France, 1960s
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Mathieu Matégot table lamp 'Baghdad' made in black painted perforated sheet metal and brass. Production Atelier Matégot, France '60s. Licterature: Patrick Favardin, Les décorate...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Sheet Metal

1930s Movie Theater Lobby Pirate Sconce
Located in Prescott, US
With the release of several Pirate based movies in the mid 1930s, it is easy to image these sconces in the movie theater lobby for the movies such as Captain Blood '35, Treasure Isla...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum

Bamboo Pendant 1970s, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stylish vintage bamboo hanging lamp from 1970s in the style of Gabriella Crespi. Very good vintage condition, patina consistent with use and age. Ready to furnish your home or beach ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Seven Fixed Arms Spider Wall Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall ceiling lamp model 'Seven Fixed Arms Spider Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1953. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall ligh...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Pair of Midcentury Italian Murano Glass Wall Sconces, 1970s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Unique, beautiful and lovely Pair of Italian Murano glass wall sconces from 1970s. These fixtures were made during the 1970s in Italy. Each Sconce is equipped with 1 light sockets E...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Large Rope Ceiling Light
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Handmade three-layers rope ceiling light with 2 bulbs gives you warm and soft light. In the style of Audoux Minet. *Available in pair*.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

1 of 6 Italian Modern Design Wall Light Diabolo Sconce Stilnovo Style Brass 1950
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Rare set of gorgeous Italian design Diabolo wall lights of the 1950s in the style of Stilnovo The patinated brass combines realy well with the black metal shades. The wall lights h...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Hadrill & Horstmann Counterpoise Trolley Lamp Circa 1950
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
An Art Deco counterpoise trolley lamp by Hadrill & Horstmann. Set on a four-legged weighted base with circular fork and flat barrel counterpoise weight. Dimensions: H 113cm W 37cm ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Twelve Light 'A Midsummer Nights Dream', Chandelier
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Twelve light “A Midsummer Nights Dream” 42” Round chandelier Two-tier wrought iron chandelier in a cool moonlit patina With strands of moon dusted crystal beads. Measures: 4...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Wrought Iron

1960 Brass and Glass Chandelier or Pendant by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors Sweden
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
1960s, beautiful and excellent brass chandelier designed by Carl Fagerlund for Orrefors, Sweden. The six glass vases are 18cm / 7 inch high. The one in the middle is 11cm / 4.3 inch...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Midcentury Gino Sarfatti Chrome Aluminum Italian 1073 Floor Lamp, Arteluce 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Iconic midcentury Gino Sarfatti chromed aluminium Italian lamp no. 1073. This wonderful item was designed by Gino Sarfatti for an Arteluce production in Italy during the 1950s. It...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Bill Curry Design Line Rare Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California design appears to be a custom or experimental design plastic cylinder shade enameled steel and walnut base with walnut switch original wiring and condition great for...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Plastic

Large Mid Century Textured Drip Glaze Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Unusual graphic black and white glazed table lamp, on turned wood base. This stunning example is in very good, original, clean and working condition. The black and white color way ma...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic

Kalmar Iced Glass Sconces and Amber Swirl, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage wall sconce by Kalmar, Austria. Two hanging glass pieces made of overlapping circles with amber glass swirl. Lit by two bulbs. Measures: 20 W x 40 H x 10 D cm.
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Art Glass

Silver Nautilus Study Table Lamp, Signed, 2020 by Christopher Kreiling Studio
Located in Pasadena, CA
The silver NAUTILUS study table lamp was inspired by midcentury Italian design. It is cast stainless steel and weighs up to 28 pounds. The outer shell has a blackened patina and the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Stainless Steel

Attr. Venini Mid-Century Modern Pulegoso Pair of Murano Glass Wall Sconces, 1960
Located in Murano, Venezia
This is definitely a very simple applique made up of 5 glasses of Pulegoso tubes. Pulegoso glass is a type of opaque ornamental glass that includes myriads of gas bubbles which give...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Extra Large Ralph Lauren Equilibrium Table Lamps Swivel Tilt Functions
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely pair of Ralph Lauren counterpoise and Anglepoise nickel-plated chrome Equilibrium table lamps I have a selection of Ralph Lauren lam...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

1970s Vintage German Handcrafted Dark Brown Studio Pottery Table Lamp
Located in London, GB
1970s German handcrafted matte chocolate brown pottery table lamp. The table lamp is interestingly constructed from very thin clay coiled into a bulbous shaped lamp, fired and glazed...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Seguso Midcentury Pink and Black Murano Glass Marble Effect Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Elegant bell chandelier in pink Murano glass with a marbled effect and black hand blown edge, produced by the master Murano glassmaker Archimede Seguso. The item is a Classic Mid-...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Murano Midcentury Round Art Glass Colored Chandeliers, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Murano midcentury art glass Chandeliers, with a very special color. White lacquered iron structure. All around are big and small colored Murano glass tiles hanging. The colors are...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass, Art Glass

Modern Italian Wall Lamp 3 Arms Vintage Style Brass, VF103
Located in Lyon, FR
Very original modern wall lamp with three arms. Handcrafted in Italy.  Structure and arms in solid brass, lampshade and wall cups in white lacquered metal. Possibility to orientate t...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Handmade French Art Deco Style Alabaster & Bronze Sconces / Wall Lights
Located in Lisse, NL
Excellent condition sconces with a marvellous 'cloud pattern' in the stunning alabaster shades. This French pair of alabaster sconces is beautiful in shape and practical in size. Ha...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Alabaster, Bronze

French Modernist Art Deco Chrome Table Lamp in Style of Maison Desny, 1950 F397
Located in Lyon, FR
Modernist style desk or accent lamp in the style of Desny's work. All metal chrome plated, please note some pitting on the shade (see pictures). Very nice vintage condition, recommen...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Large Pair of Maison Jansen Feather Sconces, Wood and Plaster, Trianon Grey
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Large pair of Maison Jansen feather sconces, Trianon Ggey patina. Large, rare and exceptionnal pair of Maison Jansen feather sconces, inspired by the Prince of Wales Feathers. Stép...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Plaster, Wood

Mouth Blown Midcentury Murano Glass Pendant Attributed to Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning and mint condition, handcrafted Murano light from the midcentury era. This beautiful design and superbly executed Murano pendant is in great condition and both with the lig...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Smoked Glass Ellipsoids and Chrome Table Lamp, Italy, circa 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Seductively curvaceous Italian smoked glass table lamp, circa 1970. The soft gray glass with a very subtle amber undertone is punctuated with polished chrome base, middle and stem as...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Rare Opaline and Metal Ceiling Lamp by Bent Karlby, Denmark, 1960s
By Bengt Karlby
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This ceiling lamp was designed by Bent Karlby in Denmark in the 1960s. A lamp that is not often seen. It is made of satin opaline glass surrounded by a yellow perforated metal edge t...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Contemporary Pair of Gold Brass Palm Tree Table Lamps
Located in Toronto, ON
Unable to visit Miami, this pair of beautifully made metal midcentury inspired palm lamps will bring Miami to you. One of our favourite cities, Miami is known for its rich Art Deco h...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Natural Wood 14" 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 More Lighting

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Other

Impressive Fontana Arte Style Mushroom Brass and Glass Lamp, Max Ingrand, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
An outstanding Italian midcentury desk or side lamp from the 1960s. In the style of Max Ingrand / Fontana Arte. This beautiful lamp is made of polished brass and has an inclined neck...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Beige Modern Italian Wall Lights "Maxina" Vintage Design Moderne ML134
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of modern Italian sconces "Maxina" in beige half moon shape made by our Italian craftsman in the style of Stilnovo's work. Wall plate and arm in solid brass, lampshade adjustabl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Asian Style Brass Claw Foot Table Lamp & Shade
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1950s Asian style table lamp and shade with a brass claw foot base and ceramic body. The body of the lamp is gold with white accented dots. The shade is white linen. Wired fo...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

One of Four RAAK Style Vintage Midcentury Brass Pendant Light Lamp Fixtures
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
One of a set of five rare and unusual futuristic polished brass European pendant light fixtures in a similar style to the 'Fuga' wall lights by Dutch firm RAAK of Amsterdam and the '...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Alberto Donà Mid-Century Modern Amber Pair of Murano Glass Table Lamps, 1995
Located in Murano, Venezia
This table lamp is part of the collection of the glass master Alberto Donà which includes three lamps of different sizes called "Briolette". Their name derives from their faceted c...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Organic Italian Ceiling Lamp in Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ceiling lamp, glass, brass, mirror, Italy, 1970s Elegant and organic shaped ceiling lamp made in Italy. The form of the lamp reminds of lilies, which give the lamp a floral feelin...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

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