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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
Jane & Gordon Martz, Table Lamps, Walnut, Ceramic, Linen Marshal Studios, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of table lamps designed by husband and wife duo Jane & Gordon Martz. Produced by Marshall Studios, Veedersburg, Indiana. Bases are sculpted walnut, with ceramic inlays. Ja...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Walnut, Ceramic

Pair of French Modernist Wall Lights, circa 1960, Satin Glass and Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair of French two-arm wall lights from the 1950-1960s. A Minimalist brass and lacquered structure with two satin glass diffusers and polished brass shades. Brass and ceramic E1...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Steel, Brass

Giuseppe Ostuni 'Attributed' Table Lamp, Brass, Metal, O-Luce, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brown lacquered metal and brass table lamp attributed to Giuseppe Ostuni and produced by O-Luce, Italy, 1950s.    
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Rare Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Wall Lights Model 1552
Located in London, GB
A pair of sculptural Max Ingrand sconces. Model 1552. Glass and frosted glass. Nickel plated glass. Re wired for US and Europe. c1959.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Nickel

Italian Murano Lantern, 1940s
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine Italian Murano lantern from the 1940s. A mix of various glass techniques with a cone shaped centerpiece which is satiated and has cut floral decorations. Very good original cond...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

1960s, Gino Sarfatti, Archimede Seguso 7 Bubble Glass Pendant, Italy
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Exceptionally rare 7 bubble glass pendant from Gino Sarfatti and Archimede Seguso for Arteluce. Made in the 60s, these fixtures where quite ahead of their time. The the thick and he...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Ercole Barovier Rare Handblown "Pezzato" Table Lamp, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important hand-blown glass "Pezzato" table lamp with pink and white lattimo tessere by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso, Murano Italy 1950's. This lamp is a work of art. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Italian Designer, Table Lamp, Glass, Metal, Wood, Italy, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A glass, metal and wood table lamp designed and produced in Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Oscar Torlasco Lumi Sputnik Chandelier, Italy, 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Striking iconic shaped so called Sputnik chandelier designed by Oscar Torlasco and manufactured by Lumi Milano, Italy 1950. This chandelier is from the 1950s when sputniks shaped lam...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Uno Kristiansson, Wall Lights, Pine, Fabric, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of pine and fabric wall lights designed by Uno Kristiansson and produced by Luxus Vittsjö, Sweden, 1960s. Sold with lampshades. Dimensions of Sconce (inches) : 10.56 x 4.6...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Fabric, Pine

Italian Table Lamp by Lumen in Brass and Red and Yellow Lacquered Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lumen, table lamp, red and yellow metal, brass, Italy, 1950s This colorful desk lamp convinces the eye through its well-balanced, organic design. Two shades rest on two brass stems....
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Swedish Designer, Wall Light, Brass, String, Sweden, C. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass and string wall light, designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s. Variable dimensions, measured as illustrated in the first image. Dimensions of back plate (inches) :...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Contemporary Ridge Wall Light with Geometric Aluminium Body and Opal Globe Bulbs
Located in London, GB
Contemporary Ridge wall light is cast in aluminium with a raw brushed finish. The geometric cast form echo's early 20th century sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi. The ridged tex...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Flute Sconce by Studio DUNN, Made to Order
Located in Rumford, RI
A minimalist wall sconce, this contemporary light fixture adjusts up and down and side to side. The custom-made flute is perfectly proportioned to echo the curves of a champagne glas...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Nickel, Metal

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

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

21st Century 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

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Metal, Brass

La Murrina 'Fazzoletto' Table Lamp in Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
La Murrina, Table lamp, glass, brass, Italy, 1960s Large and impressive table lamp, produced by La Murrina in Murano, in the 1960s. The shade of this model, also known as 'Fazzolett...
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1960s Italian 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

Materials

Metal, Stainless Steel

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.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Italian Designer, Table Lamp, Copper, Glass, Italy, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A glass and copper table lamp designed and produced in Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Copper

1970s Chrome and Brass Chandelier Lamp
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Fantastic sculptural brass, chrome and polished aluminum chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari. Eight white "golf ball" size candle bulbs. 28" chrome chain and round chrome ceiling...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Sconce in Hand Carved Milk Onyx, Piedra Lighting Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
Our Piedra lighting takes its inspiration from the stone masks of the ancient civilization of Teotihuacán. Carved in the Mexican city of Tecali, which means ‘stone house’ in Nahuatl,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Onyx

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

Elegant Italian Chandelier in Chrome and Opal Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Elegant chandelier in chrome and opal glass, Italy, 1970s. This impressive chandelier has twelve shades in opal glass, with a wonderful warm light spread. The tubular chrome frame s...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Chrome

Model J13 Table / Floor Lamp by Joseph-André Motte for Disderot - Available Now
Located in London, GB
Floor/table lamp model J13 by Joseph-André Motte for Disderot. This elegant lamp from the 1950s has been recreated by Disderot with a Japanese influence and Minimalist style, this ex...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Contemporary Ridge Pendant Light with Geometric Aluminium and Opal Globe Bulb
Located in London, GB
Contemporary Ridge pendant is cast in aluminium with a raw brushed finish. The geometric cast form echo's early 20th century sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi. The ridged textur...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

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 Lighting

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Sistema, Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, Featured for Dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke chandelier with the best light output for dining table, conference table or any wide working table. This chandelier uses the successful rotating stem structure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern Cocoon Pendant Lamp or Hanging Light Germany 1960s
Located in Munich, DE
Highly decorative and large Mid-Century Modern cocoon pendant lamp or hanging light. Designed & manufactured probably by Goldkant, Germany, 1960s. Executed in sprayed latex materi...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Big Design Midcentury Adjustable Floor Lamp by ÚLUV, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1960s - Good original condition - Marked by manufacture - Adjustable height.
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Wood

Biot XXth Century Lighting Brown Deocrative Table Lamp Signed circa 1950
By Biot
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Biot Signed at the base XXth century ceramic table lamp Original perfect condition Electrical system is ok Measures Ceramic height 17 cm Large 12 cm Height with Ele...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Massive J.T. Kalmar "Catena" Murano Glass Flushmount Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Glamorous brass and Murano glass flushmount ‘Catena’ by Kalmar. 18 large "ribbons" in clear and bubble Murano glass are suspended from a large brass back plate. twenty four E14 socke...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Gino Sarfatti Lamp Model 2109/16/20 Black Structure for Astep
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Model 2109 Design by Gino Sarfatti The Le Sfere Chandelier is composed of a circular array of blown opaline glass spheres. Each sphere is held in place by a large Black or Champagn...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Playful Pendant with Six Spheres in Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant or chandelier, opaline glass, lacquered metal, Europe, 1970s This 1970s pendant features a ceiling cap in cream white lacquered metal. From this base, six thin arms hold b...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Italian Black White Murano Glass Petals Curved Leaves Tall Modern Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
2 available - Iconic black and white for this stunning Venetian creation of Hollywood Regency glamour, this organic modern huge chandelier is composed of blown Murano glass elements ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Iron

J.T. Kalmar, "Pelikan" Floor Lamp, Metal, Brass, Austria, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A metal and brass floor lamp, "Pelikan" model, designed and produced by J.T. Kalmar, Austria, 1950s. Variable dimensions, measured as illustrated in the first image.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Murano Glass Tall Gray and White Sconces Venini Style, a Pair
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Mid-Century Modern handblown Murano glass wall sconces, attributed to Venini, Italy 1970s. The neoclassical sconces have a torchiere shape. They are made of a white top va...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Scones by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of sconces by Stilnovo. Manufactured and designed in Italy circa 1950. Curved zig-zag brass frame supporting two frosted tulip glass fixtures. Frame has been painted in black. C...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Steel

Fontana Arte ‘Diaframma’ Wall Sconces, Italy 1960s, Set of Two
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Set of two wall sconces by Gianemilio Piero and Anna Monti for Fontana Arte, Italy 1960s. Beautifully constructed out of chromed brass and frosted glass. The name 'Diaframma' refers ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Fantoni Ceramic Table Lamp with Volcanic Glaze, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Artisan ceramic table lamp, hand-thrown with volcanic orange and yellow glaze and bronze base and hardware, by Marcello Fantoni, Italian 1960's. Height is adjustable. Measures: Sh...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Paint

Vittorio Zecchin for Venini Rare Cesendello Pendant Light, Italy, 1920s
Located in New York, NY
Vittorio Zecchin for Venini rare and exquisite 'Cesendello' pendant light, Italy, 1920s. This lovely original pendant is made with blown Murano glass in a soft chestnut brown color w...
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1920s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass

Swedish Designer, Table Lamps, Wood, Sweden, c. 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wooden table lamps, designed and produced by a Swedish designer, Sweden, c. 1970s. Sold without lampshade. Dimensions of lamp (inches) : 11.75 x 4.125 x 4.125 (H x W x...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Bronze Silver Gilt Star Glass Flush Mount Light Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
A Wonderful Mid-Century Modern bronze with silver gilt star form frosted glass flush mount Ceiling light fixture, fitted with an Edison light.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Model J14 Glass & Brass Standing / Floor Lamp by Joseph-André Motte for Disderot
Located in London, GB
Floor lamp model J14, Joseph-André Motte for Disderot. Today the floor lamp J14 is a re-edition, individually numbered with the associated certificate to guarantee authenticity. The ...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

French Rope Sconces by Audoux Minet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage rope sconces by Audoux-Minet from France, 1950's. Brown twisted rope with curly rope detailing and curved neck holding a single socket on each. New creamy linen shade with ta...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Textured Glass Flush Mount, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine flush mount by Hillebrand with thick bubble-textured glass. Three large sculpted brass knobs affix the glass to a white lacquered back plate which holds three E14 ceramic socket...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Anders Pehrson, Wall Light, Brass, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass wall light designed and produced by Anders Pehrson, Sweden, 1960s. Variable dimensions, measured as illustrated in the first image. Dimensions of the back plate (inches) ...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair 1UWV Floor Lamps Chrome & Steel Cedric Hartman Style Adjustable Telescopic
Located in Miami, FL
Exceptional Pair of 1UWV Floor Lamps in Chrome, Steel and Lucite by Cedric Hartman, Mid-Century America made in the 1970. Classic Design with telescopic and height adjustable functio...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Bill Lam, Table Lamp, Fiberglass and Oak, America, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fiberglass and oak table lamp designed by William Ming Cheong Lam, known as Bill Lam, and produced by his own company Lam Inc., America, 1950s.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Oak, Fiberglass

Italian flush mount ceiling light, circa 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian flush mount ceiling light. Designed and made in Italy in 1960s. Brass, aluminum, textured glass. 3 candelabra sockets. Complimentary US rewiring upon request.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Jacques Adnet Adjustable Bronze and Black Floor Lamp
Located in Fairfax, VA
Black lacquered bronze accents bridge adjustable floor lamp by Jacques Adnet Height adjustable from 62" to 85". Push through socket with silk hardback lampshade.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Bronze

Neoclassic Brass Column Table Lamp
Located in Austin, TX
French Neoclassic brass lamp. This piece features a finely cast bronze ridged stem that rests on a gilt brass base.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Italian Brass Sconces of Excellent Quality
Located in New York, NY
Handsome and elegant set of four brass sconces. Casting quality suggests Italy. These sconces are perfect for traditional and modernist interiors.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Astra, Adjustable Wall Light, Brass, Milk Glass, Norway, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable, brass and milk glass wall light, designed and produced by Astra, Norway, c. 1950s. Dimensions of the back plate (inches) : 10.375 x 0.75 x 0.8125 (H x W x D) Maximum...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Rattan Bamboo Wicker Wire Pendant Light or Lantern, Spain, 1950s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Spanish Mid-Century Modern bamboo and rattan hanging pendant lamp/ lantern with woven wicker accents and interior paper lampshade. Manufactured at the Mid-Century Modern period with...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan, Cane

1 of the 3 Brass and Glass Light Fixtures in the Style of Jakobsson, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This stunning set of brass light fixtures with smoked glass bowls and gold-plated fittings was produced in the 1970s in the style of Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Illuminates beautifully. ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Hans Agne Jakobsson AB Markaryd G-81 Floor Lamp, Sweden, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful Scandinavian floor lamp model G-81 designed by Hans Agne Jakobsson for Hans Agne Jakobsson AB Markaryd, Sweden 1960. The purple metal shade rests on a a black metal base. T...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Barro Negro Table Lamp w/ Black Linen Shade
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The clay – known as barro negro – from which these table lamps are made is exclusive to the Sierra Madre mountains in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Local legend holds that the clay is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Clay, Linen

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