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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
Paavo Tynell 10 Arms Brass Chandelier for Lightolier , 1950 , USA
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Paavo Tynell collaborated for a short period of time with Lightolier in the 50s. There is obvious influence of his style in this chandelier . There is 14 light bulbs on this lamp . ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Mid Century Modern Turquoise Glass Wall Lights by I Tre, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Turquoise hand blown glass wall lights Designed by I Tre, Italy 1980 Brass-plated cone shape mounting Gives off warm beams of light Wired to the American standard Located in our stor...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Murano Pink and Green Glass Mid-Century Wall Light, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing Murano piece due to its pink color with green trim. Particular and original applique from the manufacture of Murano glassworks. The applique is composed of an underlying w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass

Large Hanging Pendant with Birch Dowels by Mel Smilow
Located in New York, NY
The large hanging pendant is part of the re-issued Smilow Lighting Collection, originally designed by Mel Smilow in 1956 and officially reintroduced by his daughter Judy Smilow in 20...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Murano Glass Ceiling Pendants
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling pendants Made for us exclusively in Italy Hand blown glass, custom finished metal Available in brass or patinated brass Italy 2021 Rewired for US Overall drop is...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

One of Nine Mid-Century Modern Patinated Copper Pendant Lights, 1960
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of nine pendants with wonderful warm natural aged patina made of massive copper. Manufactured in Italy in Mid-Century, circa 1960 (late 1950s or early 1960s). The price is per ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Copper

Kalmar Flush Mount Light Fixture 'Pagoda', Glass Nickel, 1970, One of Four
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
One of four large flush mount chandeliers 'Pagoda' or 'Pagode' by Kalmar, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). Each chandelier takes twelve E14 candel...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Nickel

Six Arms Brass Chandelier, Ivory Sage Pivot Shades, Stilnovo Style, Twelve Bulbs
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bestseller for the perfect price and size combination. For eclectic or midcentury dining room and living rooms. Enchanting 54in-135cm diameter chandelier. The 12 bulbs are providing ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Organic Branched Wall Lamps in Painted Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lamps, painted metal, Italy, 1970s Highly decorative, organic wall lamp that resembles branches of a plant. The branches feature leaves in the colors of light green and yellow....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

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

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Sistema, Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, for Oval dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Second SISTEMA chandelier with 3 sections and 6 arms. Ideal for an oval dining table. It works well also over an island or a counter, and still great on a rectangular table. With a r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Carl Fagerlund Stacked Crystal Table Lamp for Orrefors
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Gorgeous pair of table lamps with stacked glass crystal and brass accents. No scratches or dings to the glass in near flawless condition. Each crystal cube has a concave inset patter...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Smoked Glass Chandelier by RAAK, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Vienna, AT
1970s cascading chandelier by RAAK, Netherlands, with three large smoked glass globe pendants in different sizes that can be adjusted individually. Very good original condition with ...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

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

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Brass, Metal

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

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Onyx, 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

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

Geometrical Floor Lamp in Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Floor lamp, brass, Europe, 1970s Exquisite floor lamp with a solid appearance achieved using solely geometrical shapes. The cylindrical L-shaped stem is connected to a dimensional...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Orbitale Grand Planetario Brass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier that belongs to the Orbitale collection. I gave the Planetario name for the 8 planets and the sun representation. it's just one of the best chand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Murano Pendant with Stained Yellow Glass and Chrome
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant, murano, chrome, Italy, 1960s. Beautiful pendant with six Murano glass leaves in "Mazzega" style. The six leaves which are held up by a chrome pole, form an umbrella-shaped...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Two Wall Lights in Brass and Structured Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of wall lights, in brass, glass and metal, Europe, 1970s.  Elegant pair of wall lights in brass. The brass fixture holds an arch on which the bowl shaped lights are mounted. Ea...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Duchessa Chandelier by Fabio Ltd
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Italian modern chandelier shown in gold, frosted, pink and amethyst textured Murano glass tiles with frosted granulated glass diffuser mounted on brass structure, designed by Fabio B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Adjustable Three-Arm Chandelier Brass Patinated Sage Green New Staggered Design
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier repeats the arms construction of the other three arms chandeliers in line. The new feature is that the pivot points on the central stem are not on the same line but s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Grand Midcentury Flushmount, Chandelier in Structured Glass and Brass, Europe
Located in Almelo, NL
Extreme 62" large flushmount chandelier, in glass and brass, Europe, 1960s. Wonderful and very heavy quality flushmount chandelier made in Europe, manufactured, circa 1960s. The c...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Eight-Arm Brass Chandelier, Ivory or Black Heads, Gold Inside in Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Best size for dining room use. Enchanting 54in - 135cm diameter chandelier. Midcentury eight-arm spider chandelier with ivory or black shades and natural patinated brass. Pivotting...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Sculpted Walnut Table Lamp by Danish Modern LA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stylish sculpted modern table lamp designed and manufactured by the workshop of Danish Modern LA. This 3-dimensional desk lamp features a sculpted walnut wood body with three vertica...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Walnut

Elegant Chandelier in Brass and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Chandelier, brass, glass, France, 1960s Magnificent large round brass chandelier of French origin with twenty-four textured glass shades. This lamp is handcrafted and consists of tw...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

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

Cosack Brass Floor Lamp, Germany, 1950s
Located in Haderslev, DK
Becker & Stürzenhofecker for Cosack, Germany 1950s. A very elegant and polished and restored floor lamp with golden fabric cord and barkelit plug. All details have been tended to...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

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 Lighting

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Metal, Brass, Wire

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

Up to Two Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Sputnik Met Crystal Scones Flush Mounts
Located in Vienna, AT
Up to two custom-made Mid-Century met Sputnik lights, designed and executed by J. & L. Lobmeyr, Austria. To be used as wall lights or ceiling lights. Each light has a round nickel-pl...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Crystal, Brass

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Table Lamp in Marble and Brushed Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, table lamp model ‘500’, marble, brushed steel, chrome-plated steel, mirrored glass, Italy, circa 1969 This unique table lamp is designed by Italian des...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Steel

Mid Century Modern Archimede Seguso, Murano 400 Element Chandelier
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Stunning Mid Century Modern Italian Chandelier by talented artist Archimede Seguso. This double waterfall chandelier has Tronchi glass tubes hanging from hooks onto a nickel (silver)...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Frank Ligtelijn Morning Haze sconces RAAK The Netherlands 1970
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful pair of sconces lamps model C-1751 Morning Haze designed by Frank Ligtelijn and manufactured by RAAK, The Netherlands 1970. These lamps have a chrome plated ring with a bla...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Set of 4 Kaiser Sputnik Glass Globes Patinated Brass Chandeliers, Germany, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Stunning set of 4 Sputnik chandeliers with 9 handmade glass globes and patinated brass by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, 1960s.This chandelier will contribute to a luxurious character of ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Stilnovo Pendant Chandelier Lamp Black Opal Glass, Mid-Century Modern, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Stilnovo pear-shaped ball suspension lamp with 3 shades Italy, circa 1950 Wonderful and rare example of a nest of Mid Century ceiling fixtures in original condition. Beautiful penda...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

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

Materials

Brass

Atollo 239 Table Lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Atollo lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce, circa 1977. Designed by Magistretti in 1977, it was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1979. Early production with original textured matte ename...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Claudio Salocchi for Lumenform Table Lamp 'Tulpa'
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Claudio Salocchi for Lumenform, table lamp 'Tulpa", marble, chrome-plated steel, acrylic, Italy, 1971. Italian designer Claudio Salocchi based his 'Tulpa' lamp on a marble square....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Steel

Helena Tynell Amber Glass Bubble Wall Sconces, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 4 beautiful high-end large bubble wall lights by Helena Tynell for Glashütte Limburg, Germany, 1960s. Made of glossy amber colored glass with a brass colored base. Illumina...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

1 of the 11 of Iron and Bubble Glass Sconces Wall Lamps by Limburg Germany, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
One of the seven beautiful and unique hand blown glass wall lights. Manufactured by Glashütte Limburg in Germany during the 1960s, (late 1960s or early 1970s). Beautiful craftsman...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Pine, Fabric, Sweden, 1973
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pine and fabric table lamp, designed and produced by a Swedish designer, Sweden, 1960s. Signed to underside.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Pine, Fabric

French Mid-Century Modern Handrubbed Teak Swing-Arm Wall Sconce w/ Hessin Shade
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modern swing arm sconce was realized in France circa 1960. It features a cylindrical bracket that attaches to the wall from which a sinuously curved el...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Teak

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 Lighting

Materials

Chrome

S. Björklund and L. Gustafsson Swedish "Delux" Desk Lamp in Chromed Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
S. Björklund and L. Gustafsson for Falkenbergs Belysning Sweden, "Delux" Desk lamp with clamp, chromed steel, aluminum, Sweden, 1970s This modern Swedish table desk lamp features...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut & Brass Six Arm Frosted Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This refined and graphic Mid-Century Modern chandelier was realized in Italy, circa 1950. It features a circular canopy with a conical embellishment that descents into a stylized wis...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Tina Marie Aufiero for Venini Pair of White and Blue Glass Wall Lights
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tina Marie Aufiero for Venini, pair of sconces, in glass, Italy 1985. Elegant pair of wall-lights in white and blue colored glass by the Italian manufacturer Venini. These lights ...
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1980s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Stilnovo 'Attribution' Adjustable Wall Light, Metal, Brass, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A green and off-white brass and metal wall light, design and production attributed to Stilnovo, Italy, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Metal Wall Sconces by Lyskaer Belysning, Denmark 1970s
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of rare Danish wall sconces in excellent condition by Lyskaer Belysning, 1970s. These sconces are constructed with white powder coated steel and have angled bases with circula...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Böhlmarks, Wall Light / Sconce, Brass, Metal, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable organic wall light / sconce. Designed and produced by Böhlmarks, Sweden, 1950s. In brass and metal. Markings indicate patented design.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Swedish Designer, Table Lamps, Brass, Acrylic, Sweden, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of brass and acrylic table lamps designed and produced by a Swedish designer, Sweden, 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Göte Augustsson, Table Lamp, Glass, Brass, Ruda Glasbruk, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A glass table lamp, designed by Göte Augustsson, Åseda Sweden, produced by Ruda Glasbruk, Sweden, 1950s Sold without lampshade. Dimensions of lamp (inches) : 12 x 4.25 x 4.25 ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Murano Glass "Oceano" Sconce, Angelo Brotto
Located in Geneve, CH
Murano Glass "Oceano" sconce, Angelo Brotto Dimensions: 80 x 4 x 80cm Materials: Murano glass, stainless steel Designed by Angelo Brotto in 1972. Luminous wall sculpture compose...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Double Wall Lights with Structured Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pair of wall lights, in metal and structured glass, Europe, 1970s. Pair of wall lights. These lights have a simplistic design. It's strength is in the combination of the forms and...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

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

Mid-Century Modern Sfumato Floor Lamp Model LT316 by Carlo Nason for Mazzega
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Sfumato floor lamp Model LT316 by Carlo Nason for Mazzega.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Murano Glass

Pair of White Mid-Century Lanterns
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of mid-century Lanterns are in good condition are wired to US standards and in working condition. The lantern shades are made of strong white lucite with wood details and b...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

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