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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 vintage 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. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

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 chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other 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 'Lola' Brass and Metal Adjustable Sconces in Ivory
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 'Lola' brass and metal adjustable sconces in Ivory. Hand-fabricated by Los Angeles based designer and lighting professional Alvaro Benitez, these highly refined sconces are r...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Elegant Double-Cone Wall Lights in Brass and Fiberglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lights, brass, fiberglass, Europe, 1950s With two cone-shaped lampshades these wall lights shine up and down. One cone is made of perforated brass while the other one features ...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Pair of Gilt Iron and Brass Sunburst Wall Sconces
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of gilt iron and brass sunburst light wall or wall sconces, in the style Art Deco. Nice patina.
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Iron, Brass

1960s Achille Castiglioni 'Light Ball' Wall or Ceiling Lamp for Flos
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s Achille Castiglioni 'Light Ball' wall or ceiling lamp for Flos. Designed in 1965, this rare and vintage brass variant comes with satin opaque glass. An incredibly refined and i...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of 'Lola' Brass and Metal Adjustable Sconces in White
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 'Lola' brass and metal adjustable sconces in white. Hand-fabricated by Los Angeles based designer and lighting professional Alvaro Benitez, these highly refined sconces are r...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp in Chrome and Marble
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant Mid-Century Modern floor lamp pairing a white marble base with a chrome frame and glass lampshade. Please confirm item location with seller (NY/NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Chrome

Sculptural Wall Lights, circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair of 'theatrical' wall lights, circa 1950. Curved steel backplate enameled in red with brass decorative elements and socket covers. Each unit has three original brass E14 soc...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel, Brass

Cinquanta Red, Black and Black Suspension Lamp by Vittoriano Viganò by Astep
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
VV Cinquanta suspension lamp Design by Vittoriano Viganò This version is with red and black lacquered reflectors and black frame. The VV Cinquanta Suspension is elegant and vers...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

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 of Brass Rectangular Table Lamps by Maison Charles
Located in London, GB
Classical geometric brass pair of table lamps as shaped pillar stands by Maison Charles, 1970's France. The shades are not included.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Wall Lights in Brass and Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of four wall lights, brass and structured glass, Europe, 1930s. These simplistic geometric sturdy wall lights give off a warm light partition thanks to the thick, high-quality g...
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1930s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Leather Sconce Light in Emerald Green, Noma, Talabartero Saddle Lamp Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The lamps in this collection are inspired by Colombia’s equestrian heritage, layered with a jewel-toned color palette that takes inspiration from the works of Colombian artist Ferna...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Ivory Black Twin Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Orbitale 3 arms frame using the twin shade. Thanks to a customer who had the articulated sconces and wanted this version with black and ivory shades. It's a beautiful combination of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Compact Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Low Ceiling Featured
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. The Orbitale collection is modular. Here a compact version using the short sections of the 5 arm to compact the height of the chandelier body...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-20th Century Double Brass Wall Scones with Hand Blowed Frosted Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Double wall sconces with rectangular backplate and hand blowed frosted glass globes. The bulbs are connected directly to a brass vertical / horizontal slat that is connected directly...
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Mid-20th Century European 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

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, 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. April 2022. Added photos from beautiful home projected by Elad Cohen of Alex Meitlis studio. Great photography fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Flush Mount Brass and Glass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Low Ceiling Best
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier belongs to the Orbitale collection. Designed to give a design option for a low ceiling it has a height of 32 cm a bit less than 13 inches. Arms and shade holders a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

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

Materials

Onyx, Brass

Mid Century Modern Large Glass Table Lamp by Giorgio de Ferrari
Located in London, GB
Large opaque ‘Dalmation’ glass and metal table lamp by Giorgio de Ferrari. The glass is opaque and cranberry coloured and the lamp has a black lacquered metal base and frame with han...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass

Contemporary Monroe Floor Lamp Polished Brass, Off White Lampshade, Art Lighting
Located in Oporto, PT
Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe, the sexiest Pin-up of the 1950s, inspired a piece of Art & Design. The design of the Monroe Lamp captures the essence of her image and the sensuality of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

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

Materials

Onyx, Brass

'Celestia' Ceiling Light by Tobia Scarpa for Flos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Celestia" ceiling light by Tobia Scarpa for Flos. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1982. Linen fabric draped diffuser in a natural seeded color. Chromed spokes allow for drapery ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

Table Lamp, Rosewood, Danish Design, 1960
Located in Lejre, DK
Three-legged table lamp in rosewood of Danish design with brass legs from around the 1960s. Lamp has an incredibly beautiful lampshade. Overall a lamp of very high quality Dimension...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Bamboo Pair of Table Lamps with Brass Bases
Located in New York, NY
Large bamboo pair of table lamps with brass bases Beautiful and chic table lamps. Lovely brass bases and bamboo tops held by brass top. These are made to order in Italy. They can...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Fantastic Sconce by Henri Perrichaud, Brassware, circa 1960, Unique Piece
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Perrichaud was a French dinandier, making unique pieces, circa 1960, this sconce, gold and silver patina. (electrified).
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Klase Höganäs, Table Lamp, Blue Glazed Stoneware, Rattan, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp by Klase Höganäs. In stoneware. Signed.  Dimensions stated exclude lampshade. Height includes socket. Sold without lampshade.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Stoneware, Rattan

Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Chandeliers with Four Pearl White Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Large Midcentury ceiling brass chandeliers, flushmounts by designer and manufacturer Preciosa and produced in Czech Republic the early 1970s. Beautiful work with four pearl white gla...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Four-Arm Brass Asymmetrical Chandelier, Ivory Gold Pivot Shades, Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
New design using a regular structure and playing with the arm combination to achieve asymmetry and an intriguing new approach for these stemmed chandeliers. Heads are pivoting thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Orbitale Grand Planetario Brass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Large sculptural full solid brass Chandelier with 8 arms. I gave the Planetario name for the 8 planets and the sun representation. it's just one of the best chandelier I've designe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Murano Hand Blown Chartreuse Green Glass Chandelier
Located in Miami, FL
Murano hand blown studio glass chandelier. All different shaped chartreuse green discs with white details, rigadin technique Brass plated structure with 24 exposed brass regular soc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Pendants in Opaline
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Large pendants, opaline glass and metal, Europe, 1960s. Large pendants in opal. Great globe shade with flattened top and small opening in the bottom. Black coated top and canopy,...
Category

1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Orrefors Flushmount, Glass Shade and Brass Frame, 1960, Sweden
Located in Bronx, NY
Mid-20th century Orrefors flush mount from Sweden, 1960s in all vintage condition with two European candelabra sockets. The shade is a thick clear Orrefors domed cast crystal with an...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Crystal

Angelo Brotto for Esperia Pendant in Murano Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Brotto for Esperia, pendant light, murano glass, brass, Italy, 1970s Angelo Brotto's design is elegant by all means. On a brass fixation hangs a glass latern that is decorate...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Lights with Four Pearl White Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Large Midcentury ceiling brass chandeliers, flushmounts by designer and manufacturer Preciosa and produced in Czech Republic the early 1970s. Beautiful work with four pearl white gla...
Category

Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Attr. Fontana Arte Torchieres by Pietro Chiesa
Located in New York, NY
A stunning pair of attributed to Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte Italian mid century modern pair of torchiere floor lamps with glass cylinder shaft and frosted glass shades, circa 194...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Vintage Green MCM Ginger Jar Lamps with Popsicle Stick Lampshades
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Pair of petite ceramic Mid-Century Modern ginger jar lamps, c. 1960s, in avocado green, With an original pair of popsicle stick lamp shades c. 1970s. The petite lamps have been n...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

George Nelson Modernica Mid-Century Bubble Pendant
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson Modernica Mid-Century Modern "saucer" shape bubble pendant ceiling lamp, translucent white synthetic over a wire frame, Modernica label on top metal rim. In very good v...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Wire

Cocoon Pendant, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine cocoon pendant from the 1960s in the style of Castiglioni. Very nice original condition with an E27 socket with new wiring. Maximum drop height is 200cm/78inches.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Ceiling Mount Chandelier in the Style of the Italian Designer Angelo Lelli
Located in Bochum, NRW
Made after a design by Angelo Lelli, in the mid century Italian style, this beautiful ceiling fixture impress by its lines simplicity and clean design. Made of brass and with opaque ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Murano Glass Table Lamps by Venini 1970s
Located in Salzburg, AT
A wonderful and rare pair of Venini table lamps from the late 1970s. Delicate camel-colored Murano glass give the objects a soft tone. The spiral glass base rests on a bronze plate ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Sconces by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sconces by Stilnovo. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa the 1960s. An opal glass orb is nested onto a brass fixture stem. Brass has been aged throughout. Custom backpl...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Opal, Brass

Pair Murano 'Bullicante' Glass Globes, Seguso Vetri d'Arte Venetia
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
A pair small hand crafted transparent glass globes with controlled bubble inclusions (bullicante technique). Attributed to Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Venice, Italy. Dimensions: height i...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Murano Glass

Pair of Amber Bubble Glass Pendant Lamps by Helena Tynell, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
A beautiful pair of bubble glass pendant light designed by Helena Tynell for Glashütte Limburg. A design Classic, the hand blown glass gives a wonderful warm glow. The dimensions:...
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1960s Albanian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Wall Lights in Pale Yellow Lacquered Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Set of four wall lights, lacquered metal, Europe, 1950s Simple and sleek wall lights in pale yellow lacquered metal with adjustable rods and shades. The base of the lamps is attac...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Globe-Shaped Wall Lights in Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lights, opaline glass, chrome-plated metal, Europe, 1970s. These lovely wall lights are suitable for bringing more ambience in one's interior. The construction is based on a w...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Design Wall Lights 1950 Stilnovo Style Brass Opaline
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Stylish & timeless ! These Italian 1950 mid-century design wall lights in the style of Stilnovo. Marvelous combination between brass & opaline glass ! These wall lights look amazing...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier, Tommi Parzinger style
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern streamlined six arm brass chandelier in the style of Tommi Parzinger. Includes canopy and chain.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Ego Stengods, Table Lamp, Stoneware, String, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stoneware and string table lamp designed and produced by Ego Stengods, Sweden, c. 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

String, Stoneware

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Teak, Paper, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A teak and paper table lamp designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1960s. Sold with lampshade. Dimensions of lamp (inches) : 11.75 x 5 x 2.72 (Height x Width x Depth) Dimensions o...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Teak, Paper

Pair of Large 'Lola II' Sconces in Black Metal and Brass
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of large 'Lola II' sconces in black metal and brass. Hand-fabricated by Los Angeles based designer and lighting professional Alvaro Benitez, these highly refined sconces are rem...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern White Curved Bibliothèque Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model 'Curved Bibliothèque Ceiling Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1953. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Bronze, Steel

Eberth, Adjustable Table Lamp, Brass, Fabric, Zurich, Switzerland, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass and fabric table lamp designed and produced by Eberth, Zurich, Switzerland, 1950s. Stamped with makers mark. Variable dimensions, measured as illustrated in the first image.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Bruno Karlsson, Table Lamp, String, Glazed Stoneware, Studio Ego, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A string and brown-glazed stoneware table lamp designed by Bruno Karlsson and produced by Ego Stengods, Sweden, c. 1970s.  
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

String, Stoneware

Large Staff Pendant Lights, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning pendant lights by Staff Leuchten, Germany, brushed brass colored aluminum and heavy molded glass, etched on the inside, with custom solid brass canopy for individual pendant...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Italian Adjustable Brass and Marble Floor Lamp
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful adjustable brass and marble floor lamp designed in the 1950s of fine Italian manufacture. The floor lamp has a supporting base, which makes the floor lamp stable, made of ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Aluminum, Brass

Mid-Century Italian Murano Glass Eight Arm Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
An Italian hand-blown pale amber Murano glass chandelier with eight arms issuing from the handblown dish center below a stem with cylindrical glass elements covering the stem. Each a...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Murano Glass

Five-Arm German Sputnik Light, 1960
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful German five-arm Sputnik in brass, can be used as wall or ceiling flush mount fixture, wired for US standards, five E12 sockets, max. wattage 40w per socket, bulbs provided ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

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