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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 mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Charming Pendants in Decorated Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendants, frosted glass, brass, ceramic, Europe, 1970s. The craftsmanship of the creator is truly evident in the artistry of these beautiful pendants. The surface illustrates a lo...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Wall Light, Red-Lacquered Metal, Brass, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable wall light in red-lacquered metal, brass, and fabric. Designed and produced in Sweden, 1940s-1950s.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Bergboms G-120m Brass Floor Lamps
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Pair of original Bergboms floor lamps model G-120M. Each floor lamp is made of a brass structure and an adjustable sconce. Original label below the feet.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Stained Wood, Shell, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp in stained wood with an adjustable shell diffuser. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Shell, Wood

Isamu Noguchi Akari UF-3Q Light Sculpture
Located in Dronten, NL
Akari UF-3Q floor lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi, 1951. Manufactured by Ozeki & Co. in Japan. Bambu structure covered by washi paper supported by a coated metal base. Wired for U.S...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Steel

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

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconce in Green for Arteluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconce in green for Arteluce. Executed in original green painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over a standa...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Large 1950s Gilardi & Barzaghi Adjustable Floor Lamp
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1950s Gilardi & Barzaghi adjustable floor lamp. A rare example executed in red enameled metal perforated shade with a sculptural brass bass. Both the shade and the legs are adj...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sconces by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1940s. These sconces feature reeded glass with brass accents. Rewired for U.S. standards....
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

"Mailand" Pendant Ceiling Lamp by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Mailand" Pendant lamp by Stilnovo. Manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Gridded sheet metal. Wired for U.S. standards. Recommended lamping consists of four E27 Socket 60w Frosted Bu...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Steel, Sheet Metal

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...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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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

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Onyx, 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

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Brass, Metal

Joe Pendant Lamp 640 by Wende Reid
Located in Paddington, NSW
Joe pendant lamp 640 This Classic, tailored, double pendant lamp, inspired by menswear is reminiscent of 1940s style and the early simplicity of Art Deco. Now also available as a fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Australian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Copper

Josef Frank Table Lamp 'Tisch-Überall' Mod. 1092 by Kalmar, Brass Leather, 1950s
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A gorgeous and rare table lamp model 'Tisch-Überall' no. 1092 designed by Josef Frank in 1934 or earlier for Haus & Garten. The offered piece was manufactured by J.T. Kalmar, Vienna,...
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1950s Austrian Vintage 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

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

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Metal, Brass

1950s French Modern Pendant, Ribbed Glass and Brass
Located in Vienna, AT
Modernist French pendant from the 1950s. A slightly conical ribbed glass diffuser is framed by a black lacquered structure with brass details. The glass diffuser has a white casing o...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Steel

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

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Metal, Brass

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Fiberglass Floor Lamp, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Wonderful 1950s standard lamp with a large fiberglass shade, brass stem with black nylon cord grip and cast iron tripod base. Very Fine midcentury design combining Stark modernist el...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Four Italian Wall Sconces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two pairs of Italian sconces. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950's. Frosted glass diffusers with brass hardware. Rewired for U.S. standards. We recommend two E12 30w maxi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pink Glass Venini Pendant
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Incredible glass pendant by Venini in a extremely elegant and beautiful tone of matte pink. The pendant in composed by a tubular stem holding a thin disk element, a cone and a round...
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1940s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modernist Chandelier with 30 Handblown Opaline Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modernist extreme large chandelier with 30 handblown opaline glass globes. The fixture is made of metal with a chrome-brass patina. Therefore an interesting color is visi...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Large Mid-Century Modern Chrome Wall lights / Sculptures, Italy, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large midcentury modern chrome wall lights- sculptures produced in Italy 1970s. The pleasant light it spreads is very atmospheric, these wall scones or fixtures will contribute to a ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Chrome

Gino Sarfatti Model No. 2065 Ceiling Light
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti model no. 2065 ceiling lamp. Designed in 1950, this is an authorized 2017 Astep/Flos re-edition by Alessandro Sarfatti, grandson of Gino Sarfatti, who applies his grand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Brass Pendant Light Fixture, Vereinigte Werkstaetten, 1970
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A square brass pendant light fixture manufactured by Vereinigte Werkstätten Munich, Germany, in Mid-Century, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). This gorgeous fixture is made of ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Stilnovo Pendant Light Model 1140 in Aluminum, Brass and Glass, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Stilnovo pendant or suspension light model 1140 with white enameled aluminum shade suspending textured glass dome shade with brass fittings and suspended from its original brass cano...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Wire

1 of the 6 XL Wall Sconces Barovier & Toso Murano Glass and Gold-Plated, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 elegant and exquisite hand blown murano glass Barovier & Toso 19.7" Height wall sconces. Each light fixture consists three blown murano gold flaked glass leaves surrounded...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Xl Large Holophane Paris Street Pendant Light, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

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

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Brass Arc Floor Lamp, Florian Schulz, Height Adjustable, 1970
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A ceiling to floor lamp by Florian Schulz, Germany, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). It is made of solid polished brass which has an aged surface i...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Italian Pendant Lamp by Vinicio Vianello for Vistosi Murano
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Italian pendant lamp or lantern by Vinicio Vianello for Vistosi, Murano, Italy. Marked with the labels: Made in Italy Murano and Vistosi. Dimensions: Total height from ceiling till...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

"Viscontea" Suspension Light by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
First edition Viscontea suspension light by Achille & Pier Castiglioni for Flos. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1960's. Resin, steel, custom brass backplate. Wired for U.S...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Large Murano Glass Chandelier Mazzega Style
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern large translucent and textured Murano glass chandelier, with gold-painted frame, canopy and chain. The vintage Murano chandelier is attributed to AV Mazzega, Italy...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass

Snoppy Lamp Green, by Achille Castigioni for Flos
Located in Valladolid, ES
Snoopy lamp for FLOS by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1967 Design piece, an icon of interior design and the midcentury world. This piece has become a design icon because it ...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Crystal, Carrara Marble

Pendant Light, Model 2211, Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte 'Italy'
Located in Brussels, BE
Hanging light made of four dark grey glass sheets held in place by an upper structure in the shape of a cross made of patinated brass. A white bulb cover hangs in the centre of the ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Dynamite Lamp by Patricia Bustos Studio
Located in MADRID, MD
The dynamite lamp is the most emphatic of all. Hair, opal ball and a rattan circle that are held together by a brass band as if they were a cartridge of explosives. Pure gunpowder ab...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

A Pair of Adjustable Brass Table Lamp by Staff Leuchten
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of brass table lamps with shades that adjust 180 degrees to aim the light in multiple directions. Made in Germany by Staff. Each lamp will take a 60 watt bulb.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Large Brass Sconces, Maison Jansen Style - set of six
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern brass wall sconces, in the style of Maison Jansen, France, 1970s The brass sconces have 1-light each, and are rewired for the US. The sconces are mad...
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1970s French 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

Materials

Metal, Brass, Wire

Gino Sarfatti Model No. 2065 Ceiling Light in Black and White
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti model no. 2065 ceiling lamp in black and white. Designed in 1950, this is an authorized 2017 Astep/Flos re-edition by Alessandro Sarfatti, grandson of Gino Sarfatti, wh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Joe Colombo 'Fresnel' Outdoor Wall Lamps for Oluce in Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Joe Colombo 'Fresnel' outdoor wall lamps for Oluce in black. Executed in lacquered aluminum and glass, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Italian designs of the midc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

1 of 8 White Glass Modern Wall Lamps by Glashütte Limburg, 1970
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 Mid-Century Pyramid wall lamps by Glashütte Limburg made in Germany in the 1970s. They have a beautiful cone shape and are made of solid brass and opaline glass. The insid...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

French Brass and Glass Sconces, circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare pair of Genet & Michon attributed wall lights from the 1940-1950s. The hardware is made of brass patinated in two tones: dark with a slight purple tint for the backplate and a c...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large 1960s Helena Tynell Amber Bubble Glass Flush Mount for Limburg
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1960s Helena Tynell Model Amber Bubble Glass Lamp for Limburg. Executed in thick and heavy textured amber bubble glass and painted metal mount. Can be mounted on the ceiling or...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Gino Sarfatti Model 194N Adjustable Wall Light for Arteluce, circa 1950
Located in Glendale, CA
Gino Sarfatti model 194N adjustable wall light for Arteluce, circa 1950. A rare and iconic Sarfatti design executed in green painted metal, painted steel, chrome-plated metal. Retain...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Steel, Chrome

White Milkglass Half Cylinder Wall Lights by Limburg, Germany, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful white milkglass wall lights with small air bubbles. The lights are half cylinder shaped. They are manufactured by the company Glasshütte Limburg, in Germany, Europe around...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Wood Flush Mount Light Fixture
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
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2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Wood, Hardwood, Walnut, Bentwood

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

Materials

Murano Glass

Marco Zanuso Model 275 Table Lamp for Oluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Marco Zanuso Model 275 table lamp for Oluce. Executed in white metal and opal perspex diffuser, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Italian designs of the midcentury era. Orig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Pair Wall Lights Ceramic by Otello Rosà from San Polo Venice 50s Signed
Located in Lucca, IT
Pair of painted ceramic wall lights, they represent two figures of masked boys, dresses in the Venetian style, in the basket there goes the light bulbs, they are signed on the back. ...
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Mid-17th Century Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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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

1950s Emil Stejnar Brass and Crystal Wall Lamp Flush Mount
Located in Wien, AT
1950s Emil Stejnar brass and crystal wall lamp flush mount. Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Jacques Biny for Luminalite Edition Model '212' Wall Lights
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare, original Jacques Biny for Luminalite Edition Model '212' wall lights, in black enameled metal, partially perforated, with white enameled louvers, wired for US standards, one E1...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

JJM Hoogervorst Wall Lamp Anvia The Netherlands 1950
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Beautiful and rare wall lamp designed by JJM Hoogervorst for Anvia Almelo, The Netherlands 1950. The lamp has an nickel plated chrome wall arm and original red lacquered shade and wa...
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1950s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Nickel

Stilnovo Style Wall Light, Brass and Lacquered Aluminum
Located in Bochum, NRW
Inspired by the Italian mid-century designs, this wall light will make the focus center of your interior. Two arms piercing the center, each ending with a aluminum lacquered shade, d...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Midcentury Pendants in Brass and Art-Glass with White Streaks, Austria, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury pendants, in brass and art-glass, Austria, 1960s Large ceiling lamp-pendants with brass and large hand blown art-glass globe. These clear hand blown glass globe are deco...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

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