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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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Modernist Dutch Wooden Three Globe Chandelier by Bony Design, 1970s
By Bony Design
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Vintage organic modern sculptural chandelier. Oak wood mount with three arms holding three milky white glass globes. Manufactured by Bony Design in the Netherlands in the early 1970s...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Oak, Glass, Opaline Glass, Wood

Italian Designer, Adjustable Table Lamp, Brass, Red Lacquered Metal, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp / desk light. Designed by an unknown Italian designer. Produced in Italy, 1950s. brass, red lacquered metal screen and base. Other Italian lighting designers of the ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Big Hancrafted Murano Table Lamps Murrine Millefiori Decor, Italy 2000's
Located in Budapest, HU
Table lamps made entirely with murrine millefiori murano glass. Handcrafted by Murano glass master artisan. Custom made by hand and each piece differs from the other. Limited editio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass, Murrine

Scandinavian Mid Century Wall Lamps in Brass
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful wall lamps, produced in Norway, circa 1950. The lamps come with new off-white fabric shades. Condition: Good original condition with patina.
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20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Midcentury Rattan and Brass Table Lamp, Germany 1950s
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This unusual rattan or wicker table lamp was designed and manufactured in Germany in the 1950s. It features a minimalist tripod base with a conical shaped rattan lampshade. Good...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Wall Lights by Astra, Norway, 1960s
Located in Oslo, NO
Sculptural and organically shaped pair of two-armed wall lamps in brass. The lamps are designed and made in Norway by Astra from circa 1960s second half. Both lamps are fully working...
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

1980s Glass Torchiere Lamp
Located in Antwerp, BE
A 1980s torchiere lamp in black metal and glass. Frosted shade. Memphis style design. Measures: height: 165 cm shade width: 35 cm.  
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

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

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Metal, Stainless Steel

1950s Pendulum Floor Lamp by Maison Lunel
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Floor lamp with pendulum and ball joint in black lacquered metal brass composed of a tripod foot in black lacquered metal. A black lacquered metal arm fixed by a ball joint, support...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pierre Cardin '1922-2020', Pair of Sconces, France, circa 1970
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Pierre Cardin (1922-2020), Pair of Sconces, Plexiglass, gilt brass, chrome, France, circa 1970. Measures: Width 53 cm, height 40 cm, depth 34 cm.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Chrome

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

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Table Light by Felix Agostini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Table light by Felix Agostini. Designed and manufactured in France, circa 1960's. Sculpted bronze base, custom silk shade. We recommend one French bayonet 60w maximum bulb. Bulb not ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Bronze

Max Ingrand, Table Lamp, Chrome and Glass, circa 1970, Italy
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Max Ingrand (1908-1969), table lamp, Chromed and lacquered metal, The top of the lamp in glass, circa 1970, Italy. Measures: Height 60 cm, diameter 50 cm. Max Ingrand, bor...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Marble and Chrome Arch Floor Lamp
Located in Wichita, KS
Beautiful mid-century modern arch floor lamp with a round marble base and a chrome finish. the inside of the dome light is finished in white porcelain. The lamp is in Great vintage c...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Carrara Marble, Chrome

Stilnovo Pendant Model 1104 Italy 1959
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice and large ufo shaped pendant model 1104 designed and manufactured by Stilnovo, Italy 1959. Oval shaped opaline glass diffuser closed with black painted socket plate. Black ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

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. Compact version, a great chandelier for low ceilings. Chandelier has a minimal height of 70 cm/ 28 inches and wil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

XXL Hotel Chandelier with Brass Fixture and Hand-Blowed Frosted Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
XXL hotel chandelier with brass fixture and hand-blowed frosted glass globes by Preciosa, Czechia. Extremely large diameter 7.2 Ft / 86 Inch hotel chandelier with brass fixture pr...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Modern 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

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Glass

Italian Modernist Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Very unique modernist Italian chandelier from the 1950s. Three brass arms each with a satin glass 'triplex opal' diffuser encased in Sputnik like structure with black lacquered shade...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel, 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

Murano Glass Ceiling Flush Mount
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling flush mount Italy 1960s Hand blown glass, metal. Three flush mounts available. Can be sold as a set of three.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Martinelli Luce Wall Lamps in Hot Orange
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare pair of glass Martinelli Luce wall lamps in hot orange. Both signed! 1 x E27 / Model A bulb. The lamp can hang upwards and downwards. To be on the safe side, the lamp should be ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Extreme Large Midcentury Chandeliers in Structured Glass and Brass from Europe
Located in Almelo, NL
Five extreme 48" large chandelier, in glass and brass, Europe, 1960s. Wonderful and very heavy quality chandelier made in Europe, manufactured circa 1960s. The chandelier has nin...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Huge Midcentury Brass Opaline Glass Chandelier by Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction with fifteen arms and opaline glass shades each fitted with E14 sockets. Made in Vienna by Rupert Nikoll in the late 1950s.  
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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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

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Metal, Brass

Extra Large Midcentury Chandelier Doria Leuchten, Germany, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
(Extra large size) Gorgeous, 1950s midcentury chandelier was designed by Doria Leuchten, Germany. It features multi-tiered layers of textured ice glass tubes connected to a circular ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Massive Pair of 20th C. French Smokey Rock Crystal and Gilt Wood Base Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A massive pair of French Natural smokey rock crystal rectangular form lamps with gilt rectangular wood bases. These are truly a gorgeous pair of lamps, with hand-carved and hand-poli...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rock Crystal

Scandinavian Functionalist Ceiling Light, Norway, 1950s
Located in Oslo, NO
Wonderful and decorative ceiling light in painted metal with two shades in opaline glass. Designed and made in Norway from the first half of the 1950s. The lamp is fully working and ...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

XXL Mid-Century Modernist Chandelier with Hand Blown Opaline Glass Globes, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modernist extreme large chandelier with hand blown opaline glass globes. A warm and diffuse light will create a stunning light partition. This chandelier will contribute ...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Steel

Bergboms, Adjustable Wall Lights, Brass, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights. Designed and produced by Bergboms, Sweden, circa 1970s-1980s. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Hans Bergström, Josef Frank, and Kaare Klint.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Koch & Lowy Articulating Wall Sconce in Chrome
Located in Denver, CO
A sophisticated and iconic articulating wall sconce in chrome by Koch & Lowy. USA, 1970s. Bulb shade articulates in all directions and the swing arm allows it to fold against the...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is an 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, is t...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Large Bubble Glass Pendants by Limburg, circa 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
Large pear-shaped glass pendants by Limburg from the 1970s. The large blown glass bodies are textured with large circles as well as filled with tiny air bubbles trapped within the gl...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Kai Ruokonen for LYNX Chandelier in Brass and Orange Acrylic
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kai Ruokonen for LYNX, chandelier, brass, orange acrylic, Finland, 1952 Kai Ruokonen is a Finnish designer that mostly works under the artist ‘Kai Finnmark’. This chandelier was des...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Olivier Mourgue for Desderot Adjustable Floor Lamp Model '2093'
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Olivier Mourgue for Desderot, floor lamp model '2093', chromed metal, aluminum, France, 1967 A floor lamp that features a stem with two flower shaped shades, that are adjustable in ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Pair of 1950s Articulated Wall Lights by Maison Lunel
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of double-light brass wall lights, composed of a rectangular brass base, on which is fixed a brass arm that can be swiveled from left to right. terminated by a cylindrical bras...
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20th Century European 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

Pair Round Mid Century Italian Chandelier Bamboo and Brass 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair round mid century Italian chandelier bamboo and brass 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Set of Mid-Century Modernist, 1950s Flush Mount Chandelier, Doria Leuchten
Located in Almelo, NL
Set of 12 (XL-size) gorgeous, 1950s Mid-Century Modernist flush mount chandeliers was designed by Doria Leuchten, Germany. It features multi-tiered layers of textured ice glass tubes...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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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

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Brass

Sognot Style Double Lights Mid Century Rattan Wall Light, France, 1960's
Located in New York, NY
Elegant rattan sconce in the style of Louis Sognot.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rattan

Large Midcentury Brass Chandelier with Eight Hand Blown Brass Globes ,1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
This amazing large brass chandelier was produced in Europe in the 1950s. A spirited and chic design set chandelier with brass fixture and hand blown glass. The chandelier with brass ...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Outdoor Wall Lights in Copper, Norway, 1970s
Located in Oslo, NO
Wonderful modernist pair of outdoor wall lamps in patinated copper and glass. Designed and made in Norway from circa 1970s first half by Stavanger Metalkunst. Both lamps are fully wo...
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1970s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Copper

Tommaso Barbi and Carlo Giorgi, Organic Wall Light, Brass, G&G, Italy, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A two-armed wall light, designed by Tommaso Barbi and Carlo Giorgi for G&G Disegno, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Italian Adjustable Spot Sconces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of elegant cylindrical all brass adjustable spot sconces from 1950s Italy. Made in a brass patinated finish. Fully restored. 1 E26 medium based socket per sconce. Wired for use ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Serge Mouille Tripod Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Serge Mouille tripod table lamp Painted metal. Lit.: Pierre Émile Pralus: Serge Mouille - un classique français, Saint Cyr au Mont d'Or 2006, p. 204.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Six Model 1132 Sconces by Marco Zanuso for Oluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Six Model 1132 sconces by Marco Zanuso for Oluce. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1960's. Crystal glass, custom chrome backplates. WIred U.S. standards. We recommend one E1...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Crystal, Chrome

1 of the 4 Pairs Large Modern Wall Lamps by Glashütte Limburg, 1970
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 4 Pairs Mid-Century Modern 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 ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

1 of the 8 Modern Wall Lamps by Glashütte Limburg, 1970
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 Mid-Century Modern 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 the in...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Large Rispal 'Praying Mantis' Sculptural Floor Lamp in American Walnut
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Rispal 'Praying Mantis' sculptural floor lamp in American walnut. The iconic model #14.950 was originally designed in 1950 by François Rispal. This newly produced authorized re...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Sputnik Eighteen Arms Gold Color Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Marvelous "made in Italy" Sputnik chandelier of the Mid-Century Modern period. This chandelier has eighteen lights in E14 format, is made of semi-gloss brass. The great executive qua...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pink Tronchi Pair of Murano Glass Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing pair of chandelier includes precious pink tronchi Murano glasses 20 cm long. Nickel-plated metal structure on three levels, Perfect vintage condition. Available 8 chandeli...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Murano Art Glass Rectangular Pink Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Murano chandelier with an elongated design with a brass structure and unique glass pink color. All in Murano glass with a brass structure. The glasses are treated with a particula...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Gordon and Jane Martz Table Lamps for Marshall Studios
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gordon and Jane Martz design ceramic table lamps for Marshall Studios, signed.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

Italian Designer, Freeform Table Lamp, Brass, Green Acrylic, Fabric Italy, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, produced in Italy, 1960s. Brass, green acrylic and original fabric lampshade. Stamped "Nitri" Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingr...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Sculptural Pendant, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and very unique midcentury pendant with a slender satin glass diffuser surrounded by a red lacquered cage with brass details. Fine original condition with patina on the brass an...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Italian Designer, Small Table Lamp, Rattan, Brass, Italy, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp, produced in Italy, 1960s-1970s. Rattan and brass. Other designers of the period include Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand, Franco Albini, and Josef Frank.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rattan

Large Set Extra Large Midcentury Chandeliers Doria Leuchten Germany, 1950s
Located in Almelo, NL
(XL-size) Gorgeous, 1950s midcentury chandeliers was designed by Doria Leuchten, Germany. It features multi-tiered layers of textured ice glass tubes connected to a circular brushed ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass