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Bauhaus Lighting

BAUHAUS STYLE

The Bauhaus was a progressive German art and design school founded by the architect Walter Gropius that operated from 1919 to 1933. Authentic Bauhaus furnituresofas, dining chairs, tables and more — and the school’s followers married industrial and natural materials in simple, geometric forms. The goal of the Bauhaus was to erase the distinction between art and craft while embracing the use of new technologies and materials.

ORIGINS OF BAUHAUS FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF BAUHAUS FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emphasis on craft
  • Simplicity, order, clarity and a prioritization of functionalism
  • Incorporation of geometric shapes
  • Minimalist and refined, little to no ornamentation
  • Use of industrial materials such as tubular chrome, steel and plastic as well as leather, cane and molded plywood in furniture and other products

BAUHAUS FURNITURE DESIGNERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

AUTHENTIC BAUHAUS FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The name Bauhaus is derived from the German verb bauen, “to build.” Under the school’s innovative curriculum, students were taught the fine arts, such as painting and sculpture, as well as practical skills like carpentry and metalworking. 

The school moved from Weimar in 1925 to the city of Dessau, where it enjoyed its heyday under Gropius, then Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The period from 1932 to 1933 when it operated in Berlin under Mies was its final chapter. Despite its brief existence, the Bauhaus has had an enduring impact on art and design in the United States and elsewhere, and is regarded by many as the 20th century’s chief crucible of modernism

The faculty roster at the Bauhaus reads like a who’s who of modernist creative genius — it included such artists as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and László Moholy-Nagy along with architects and designers like Mies and Marcel Breuer, who became known for his muscular brutalist-style concrete buildings in the postwar years. In 1925, while he was head of the Bauhaus carpentry workshop, Breuer gave form to his signature innovation: the use of lightweight tubular-steel frames for chairs, side tables and sofas — a technique soon adopted by Mies and others. Breuer’s Cesca chair was the first-ever tubular steel frame chair with a caned seat to be mass produced, while the inspiration for his legendary Wassily chair, a timeless design and part of the collection crafted to furnish the Dessau school, was the bike he rode around campus.

Bauhaus design style reflects the tenets by which these creators worked: simplicity, clarity and function. They disdained superfluous ornament in favor of precise construction. Seating pieces such as side chairs, armchairs or club chairs for example, were made with tubular metal or molded plywood frames, and upholstery was made from leather or cane. Above all, designs in the Bauhaus style offer aesthetic flexibility. They can be the elements of a wholly spare, minimalist space, the quiet foundation of an environment in which color and pattern come from one’s own collection of art and artifacts.

Today, from textiles to typefaces, architecture, furniture and decorative objects for the home, Bauhaus creations continue to have an outsize influence on modern design.

Find a collection of authentic Bauhaus furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Bauhaus
Sistrah Pendant by Otto Müller P4
Located in Vienna, AT
Large "Sistrah" P4 pendant with opaline and clear glass designed by Otto Müller 1931 in Germany in 1931. Fitted with one E27 socket up to 100 watts. Perfect original condition. Dim...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Steel

1930s Bauhaus Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Restored - cleaned and rewired - US wiring compatible - W: 41 D: 55 H: 150 cm
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

1930s Bauhaus Floor Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Restored - cleaned and rewired - US wiring compatible
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Large "Luzette" Pendant by Peter Behrens for Siemens Schuckert
Located in Vienna, AT
Peter Behrens, "Luzette" pendant lamp from 1910-1920, frame in old copper and opaline glass. It is the biggest one with 32 cm diameter and total height 59 cm. Small glass chips on th...
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1910s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Copper

Architectural Design Table Lamp 20th Century
Located in Benalmadena, ES
Architectural design table lamp from the 20th century, crafted in chromed metal forming two tilted cubes that create an incredible sense of movement. Inside, two points of light with...
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20th Century European Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

1930s Bauhaus Mushroom Table Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- cleaned and rewired - US wiring compatible - Good original condition with minor signs of use
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Karl Trabert, Diffuna Table Lamp, Nickel, Parchment Paper, Germany 1930s
Located in High Point, NC
A nickel and parchment paper table lamp designed by Karl Trabert and produced by Schanzenbach & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Gemany, c. 1930s. Dimensions of Lamp (inches): 18.5” H x 12.3...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Nickel

Napako Chandelier UFO, 1930s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
UFO chandelier designed by Josef Hurka for Napako in the 1930's, in Czechoslovakia. Made of metal, copper. Repolished, fully functional, in original condition, with signs of wear. Re...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Copper

1930s Bauhaus Table Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- cleaned and rewired - US wiring compatible - Good original condition with minor signs of use
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

1930s Pair of Bauhaus Nightstand Lamps, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- cleaned polished and rewired - US wiring compatible
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

1930'S Table Lamp Kaiser Idell By Christian Dell
Located in London, GB
Vintage 1930s Bauhaus table lamp Kaiser Idell model 6556 designed by Christian Dell. Adjustable by both the arm and the shade. Gives good work light and is a classic design. Cleaned,...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair Wilhelm Wagenfeld Bauhaus Glass Sconces, White, Lindner Germany 1950s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Set of two original vintage wall sconces by German designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld. They were manufactured by Lindner Wandleuchten ca 1950s. This set, which is very suitable for a bathro...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Glass, Wood, Porcelain

Rare Original 1940s Ball Lamp, Opaline Glass, Denmark, Bauhaus Style
Located in Berlin, BE
Classic Light from the 1940s 1950s Danish ball lamp made of opaline glass. Well preserved with signs of use on the metal cover. New white painted pe...
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1940s Danish Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Modern Brass Table Lamp, Germany, 1960s
Located in Hagenbach, DE
This exquisite brass table lamp hails from Germany and dates back to the 1960s. It boasts an elegant design that is characteristic of the mid-century modern style, with clear inspira...
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1960s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Large "Luzette" Pendant by Peter Behrens for Siemens Schuckert
Located in Vienna, AT
Peter Behrens, "Luzette" pendant lamp from 1910-1920, frame in old copper and opaline glass.  
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1910s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Copper

Art deco chrome chandelier
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Art deco chrome chandelier in excellent condition.
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Mushroom Table Lamp in Nickel or Copper, Hungarian "Gomba Lampa"
Located in Budapest, HU
The mushroom table lamp in nickel or copper, Hungarian "Gomba Lampa" Gomba Lampa No S 1010 f (the Mushroom Lamp) is an icon of the period of Magyar Bauhau...
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2010s Hungarian Bauhaus Lighting

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Copper, Nickel

Bauhaus Metal Table lamp by Max Schumacher, Germany 1930s
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
Vintage metal green desk lamp Bauhaus style made in Germany in the 1930s. In good vintage condition, the paint is original. The wiring has been replaced by a professional electricia...
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1930s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Vintage Bauhaus Design Desk Lamp
Located in London, GB
A stylish and very well made vintage Bauhaus design desk lamp. This was made in Germany, it dates from around the 1950’s. The quality is superb, the e...
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1950s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

1930's Modernist Ceiling Lamp by Franta Anyz Co.
Located in Brno, CZ
This is an original ceiling lamp made in the 1930s by Franta Anyz Co., and is believed to be designed by Jaroslav Anyz. Franta Anyz was a leading Czech designer and jeweller. He was...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Rare 1930s Bauhaus Glass Ball Pendant Light by A.B Read for Troughton & Young
By Alfred Read
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
This classic 1930s chrome and opaque glass ceiling light is an iconic Bauhaus / Modernist light - the Ultralux U14 - designed by English designer, A.B Read for Troughton & Young (Lig...
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Mid-20th Century English Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Bauhaus / Functionalist Chandelier UFO, 1930s, Restored
Located in Praha, CZ
UFO chandelier designed by Josef Hurka in 1930s. Completely restored: new black and white paint. Rewired: 6x40W, E25-E27 bulbs. Central rod can be shortened or prolonged on request....
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Bauhaus Pendant Lamp
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940. We offer this Bauhaus Pendant Lamp made in iron.
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1940s Mexican Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Iron

Bauhaus Industrial Copper and Casting Metal Ceiling Lamp, 1940s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Original Bauhaus Industrial Copper and Casting Metal Ceiling Lamp, 1940s, Germany It was taken from a large office in Berlin, which has been in operation since the 40s. They have been hanging in the hallways of the office for all these years The lampshade has some small dents on it, but they look great for its age. The lampe shade is made of copper, and the green hoop...
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1940s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Copper

Table Lamp by F. Anyž, Functionalism
Located in Praha, CZ
Fully functional in beautiful original condition. Chrome-plated brass (nickel plating on the base rubbed off in places). Switch, bulb holder, gooseneck - all structural parts are in ...
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Early 20th Century Czech Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Bauhaus Grey Enamel Industrial Pendant Lamp, 1950s
Located in Kojetice, CZ
Vintage Industrial light designed in Bauhaus period made in former Czechoslovakia during the 1950s.It features a grey enamel body with white enamel interior and cast iron top. New po...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Enamel, Iron

Elegant 'Luzette' Pendant Lamp by Peter Behrens for Siemens-Schuckert 1910s
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Bauhaus / Modernist 'Luzette' pendant lamp or hanging light. Designed by Peter Behrens for Siemens Schuckert, Germany, 1910s. Executed in glass and metal , the lamp comes wi...
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1910s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Rare Arts & Crafts Bauhaus Style, Bell Shape Opaline Glass & Brass Pendant Light
Located in Lisse, NL
Sizable and stylish, bell shaped pendant from the early 1900s. This timeless and beautiful Bauhaus style pendant is in very good condition and ready for you to use and enjoy. The be...
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Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Brass

Art deco bakelite desk lamp, 1950s
Located in Leuven, Vlaams Gewest
Very stylish bakelite bauhaus style desk lamp which was produced in the Czech Republic. The arm and lamp shade can be adjusted which makes this lamp very versatile. It also has its...
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1950s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Bakelite

Rare Bauhaus Chandelier by Zukov , 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
Nickel plated 3-flamming Bauhaus chandelier made by ZUKOV in Czechoslovakia in 1930s. Nickel in very good condition - polished. The original paint inside shades has some losses - no...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Nickel

1930s Bauhaus Brass Finish "Mushroom" Table Lamp, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- cleaned polished and rewired -1x , E26-E27 bulbs - US wiring compatible
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Original Bauhaus Pendants, Three Diameteres of Balls, Up to 16 Pieces!!!
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1930s, Czechoslovakia - very good original condition - opaline glass - the rod can be shortened - no replica or later production - diameteres of glass: 25,30,35cm - height of...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Series01 Large Sconce, Dark Patinated Brass, Ash Leather Pivoting Shade
Located in Ozone Park, NY
Solid machined brass in dark patinated finish, hand-dyed soft unstructured leather pivoting shade. All material finishes are living finishes: they will cha...
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2010s American Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Brass

White Opaline Glass Round Pendant Lights
Located in Amsterdam, NL
German Opaline glass industrial Bauhaus pendant. Weight 1.0 kg / 2.2 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by intern...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Glass, Opaline Glass

Series02 Floor Lamp, Polished Unlacquered Brass, Goatskin Parchment Shade
Located in Ozone Park, NY
Solid machined polished unlacquered brass, handstitched goatskin parchment shade, with hand-dyed braided cotton cord. All material finishes ar...
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2010s American Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stilton Bauhaus Floor Lamp in Chrome and Opaline Glass, 1930s
Located in Praha 2, Hlavní město Praha
Stilton, Bauhaus floor lamp, chrome, opaline glass, former Czechoslovakia, 1930s. A delightful and rare collector's item, this functionalist Bauhaus chrome floor lamp was made by th...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

A pair of vintage industrial desk lamps in the style of Egon Hillebrand
Located in Houston, TX
A pair of vintage industrial desk lamps in the style of Egon Hillebrand, circa 1980s. Lamps are a licensed reproduction, made some time in the 1980s - inspired by iconic Egon Hillebr...
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1980s Unknown Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-century silvered metal german lamp, Bauhaus Style.
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The Mid-century Silvered Metal German Lamp in Bauhaus Style is a quintessential representation of the Bauhaus movement, which seamlessly blends form and f...
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Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Hala table lamp, scissor lamp, Netherlands 1930
Located in Schwerin, MV
Workshop workstation lamp from the 1930s Manufacturer: Hala Leuchten, Zeist, Netherlands Designer: Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet Black metal scissor lamp from Hala with a ro...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Chrome Bauhaus / Functionalism Pendant UFO by Napako, 1940s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1940s, Czechoslovakia - polished - patina,see the pictures RJ
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1940s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Rare Functionalist Wall Lamp with Rotating Shade, 1920s
Located in Praha, CZ
Rare nickel-plated functionalist wall lamp made in 1920s. Designed as a bedside lamp. Rotating shade with locking mechanism to keep the shade in a desired position. Cleaned, rewired:...
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1920s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Nickel

Exceptional Bauhaus Pendant Lamp by Adolf Meyer for Zeiss Ikon, 1930s, Germany
Located in Munich, DE
Unique Bauhaus or Modernist pendant lamps. Designed by Adolf Meyer in 1920s and manufactured by Zeiss Ikon, in 1920s-1930s, Germany. On one of the glass shades is the mark of the mak...
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1920s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage Bauhaus Table Lamp - 1940's - Bakelite and Metal
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful vintage Bauhaus table lamp. Possibly from the manufacturer SBF. The lamp has several marks / numbers, but no clear mark. The lamp is made of metal with bakelite accents o...
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1940s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Vintage Louis Poulsen PH 3/2 Table Lamp in Chrome & Opaline Glass
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Based upon a design from the late 1920s this PH 3/2 desk lamp was relaunched by Louis Poulsen in Denmark in 1999. This particular table lamp is from that series. It features a 3-tier...
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1920s Danish Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome

bauhaus style lamp pair.
Located in Felino, IT
pair of bedside lamps, Bauhaus style. 2 different types. 1990s reissue. one lamp with clear glass stem and base. one lamp with chrome metal stem and base. A classic Bauhaus style by ...
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Early 2000s European Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal

Bauhaus / Functionalist Chrome and Glass Chandelier, 1920s
Located in Praha, CZ
Elegant functionalist 3-flamming chandelier made in 1920s. Made of chrome and sand blasted glass. Glass in perfect condition, chrome with minimum age patina - polished. Central rod c...
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1920s European Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Bauhaus Wagenfeld Wall Sconce or Ceiling Light, Germany, 1955
Located in Melbourne, AU
This simple, elegant ceiling light or wall sconce by Wilhelm Wagenfeld shows the strong influence of his Bauhaus education. As with all of his designs, high quality, high functionali...
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1950s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Porcelain, Milk Glass

Bauhaus Telescopic and Flexible Desk Lamp of Brass with Brown Patina 1930s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Vintage Bauhaus telescopic desk lamp in the style of Christian Dell and Kaiser Idell. Most likely made in France or Belgium in the 1930s. The lamp is made of brass with beautiful br...
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1930s French Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Chrome Table Bauhaus Lamp, 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1930s, Czechoslovakia - Nice original condition with patina - New electricity.
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Lampada a sospensione Luzette di Peter Behrens per Siemens - numerata colore blu
Located in Lugo, IT
Lampada a sospensione Luzette di Peter Behrens per Siemens. Numerata La coppetta e appoggiata Buone condizioni Grazie
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1920s German Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Glass

Bauhaus / functionalist chrome pendant / lamp - 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1930s - polished - height can be shortened - US wiring compatible - one bulb any wattage possible - new electricity - jr
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Glass, Opaline Glass

1930s Bauhaus Chandelier by Anyz, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- very good restored condition with minor signs of use - rewired - 5x40W, E25-E27 bulbs - US wiring compatible - newly lacquered in black matt color
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Glass

Big Glas globe and Chrome Bauhaus pendant / ceiling lamp - 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1930s - Rewired: 8 small bulbs any wattage - polished - US wiring compatible - glass down with small chips,staying the same size, no crackles!! - jr
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Chrome milk glass Bauhaus / Functionalist Wall Lamp - 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1930S, Czechoslovakia - polished, new electricity - patina(see the details) - US wiring compatible - one bulb any wattage - can be used bot vertically and horizontally on wall jr
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Large Chromium-Plated Chandelier by Kamenicky Šenov, 1970s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Extraordinary huge functionalist chandelier with 53 glowing spheres. This chandelier was made in the 1970s in the former Czechoslovakia and produced by the famous company Kamenicky Šenov. Features a chrome rectangular base on which a pairs of lighting...
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1970s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome, Iron

1930s Pair of Restored Bauhaus Table Lamps, Czechoslovakia
Located in Praha, CZ
- Restored - Cleaned and rewired - 1 x E26-E27 bulbs - US wiring compatible
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Chrome milk glass Bauhaus / Functionalist Wall Lamp - 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1930S, Czechoslovakia - polished, new electricity - US wiring compatible - one bulb any wattage - can be used bot vertically and horizontally on wall jr
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Big Chrome milk glass Bauhaus pendant / lamp - 1930s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1930s - polished aluminium - height can be shortened - Rewired: two separate circuits, bulbs with any wattage possible - direcand indirect light - US wiring compati...
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1930s Czech Vintage Bauhaus Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Bauhaus lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Bauhaus lighting for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage lighting created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include lighting, decorative objects, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, glass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Bauhaus lighting made in a specific country, there are Europe, Germany, and Czech Republic pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original lighting, popular names associated with this style include Schneid Studio, Adam Otlewski, Christian Dell, and Kaiser Idell. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for lighting differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $153 and tops out at $31,727 while the average work can sell for $1,114.

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