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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
Cubist Polished Brass Gaetano Sciolari Wall Sconce
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Cubist wall sconce by Gaetano Sciolari made of square tubes geometrically assembled from which come out six sources of light. Can also be attached to the ceiling as a flush mount. O...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Swedish Designer, Wall Lights, Pine, Paper, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of pine and pink paper wall lights designed and produced in Sweden, 1970s. Sold with Lampshade(s). Stated dimensions refer to the Sconce with the Shade(s). Dimensions of...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Paper, Pine

Pair of Large 1950s Stilnovo 4-Cone Model #1174 Chandeliers
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of large 1950s Stilnovo 4-cone model #1174 chandeliers. A quintessentially iconic 1950s Italian design comprised of 4 large matte "Triplex Opal' frosted glass cones mounted on a...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce Wall Light in Frosted Glass and Aluminum
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce, wall light, model ‘3001’, aluminum, frosted glass, brass, Italy, design 1950 This subtle and modern wall light which can be used as a ceiling light, feat...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Pair of Kalmar Mid-Century Wall Lights, Brass, Textured Glass, Austria, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful pair of brass and glass modernist sconces, manufactured by Kalmar Austria in the 1950s. Very charming pieces, made of solid textured glass on brass bases with nice knobs....
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

1960s French Leaded Stained-Glass Pendant Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage 1960s leaded stained glass pendant light. Newly rewired for U.S standards.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Lead

Model B4 Standing Lamp by René Jean Caillette AVAILABLE NOW
Located in London, GB
Standing lamp B4, Disderot. This tall standing lamp designed by René-Jean Caillette in 1955 for 'Ateliers Pierre Disderot' . This elegant floor lamp is designed with a thin brass tub...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

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

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 3 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 3 rotating arms. Arms are balanced with a heavy cast brass sphere and are rotating on the stem in an orbital movement. In order t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Sistema Solare Chandelier, Piattelli Design, Ivory-colored Translucent Onyx
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Unique chandelier, made from thinly-cut pieces of exquisite ivory-colored translucent onyx. Ideal to be hung over a table, with versatile configurations. Ivory onyx comes from Middle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Onyx, Brass

Sistema Solare Chandelier, Piattelli Design, Ivory-colored Translucent Onyx
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Unique chandelier, made from thinly-cut pieces of exquisite ivory-colored translucent onyx. Ideal to be hung over a table, with versatile configurations. Ivory onyx comes from Middle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Onyx, Brass

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

Swedish Ceiling Light, 1950s, Enameled Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming Swedish ceiling light from the 1950s in classic colors of black, gold and white. Five black lacquered arms, each with an enameled glass diffuser held by brass details. Very ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Steel

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

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

Large Set of Lumi Milano Wall Lights in Opaline Glass
By Lumi
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lumi Milano, large set of Italian wall lights, model 884, anodized aluminum, steel, opaline glass, Italy, 1970s. These stunning wall lights are made by the high-end production compa...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Disderot J14 Glass & Brass Standing / Floor Lamp by André Motte AVAILABLE NOW
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

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

Materials

Metal

Mid Centuy Brass Black Large Mobile Chandelier, “ Magico e Meditativo“ 20th C
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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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass, Wire

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

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Glass and Chrome Cascading Chandelier or Pendant Lamp by Doria, 1980
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Beautiful and rare late 20th century cascade chandelier with six ice bubble glass tubes of different length Made from Doria, Germany, beginning of the 1980s. High quality This beauti...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Chrome

Rare Paavo Tynell for Idman Pendant Lamp with Wavy Surface in Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paavo Tynell for Idman, rare pendant lamp, brass, Finland, 1960s Exclusive chandelier by Finnish lamp designer Paavo Tynell for Idman. The wavy texture of the shade was used by Tyne...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large 1950s Stilnovo 4-Cone Model #1174 Chandelier
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 1950s Stilnovo 4-cone Model #1174 chandelier. A quintessentially iconic 1950s Italian design comprised of 4 large matte "Triplex Opal' frosted glass cones mounted on a sculptur...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Uno Kristiansson, Wall Light, Painted Pine, Rattan, Luxus Vittsjö, Sweden, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A blue-painted pine and rattan wall light designed by Uno Kristiansson and produced by Luxus Vittsjö, Sweden, 1970s. Sold with Lampshade(s). Stated dimensions refer to the Sconce ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Rattan, Pine

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Chandelier in Hammered Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, chandelier model 12369, brass, Italy, circa 1951 Organic chandelier by Angelo Lelii designed for Arredoluce. Six leaves open towards the ceiling and s...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Orange Mid-Century Pendant Meblo, Harvey Guzzini, Italy, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very nice style of lighting. - Space age style.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Model 1158 Suspension Light by Bruno Gatta for Stilnovo
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
A rare 1158 suspension lamp with black lacquered aluminium, brass structure (canopy and hardware) and diffusers in opal glass. Manufactured by Stilnovo - Italy - during the 1950s, th...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Italian Modernist Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare Italian modernist suspension chandelier from the 1950s, attributed to Stilnovo. Four satin glass diffusers hang from a black lacquered square frame with a smaller square floatin...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel, Brass

Wall Lights in Brass and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall lights, glass and brass, Europe, 1970s. Ornate brass and glass wall light with two-light points and small decorative structured glass globes. The chandelier is beautifully deco...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Murano De Majo Pendant Light, Italy 1970s
Located in Palermo, PA
Ceiling light by Murano De Majo, Italy 1970s. Beyond beautiful with its amber coloured trim. Note that the light is sold without a chain but i'm happy to add one width your preferred...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Vintage Mid Century Modern Sculpted Cone Table Lamps Arthur Jacobs for Modeline
By Modeline Lamp Co., Arthur Jacobs
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning vintage mid-century modern sculpted cone table lamps by Arthur Jacobs for Modeline. Comprised of korina wood, brass stems, and original plastic cone shades. Beautiful condit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

1 of the 8 Circle Iron and Bubble Glass Sconces Light Fixtures, Glashütte, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
Minimal, geometric and simply shaped design. This beautiful and unique set of hand blown glass light fixtures were manufactured by Glashütte Limburg in Germany during the 1960s (late...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Reggiani Brass and Perspex Chandelier, Mid-Century 1960s, Italy
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Brass and perspex chandelier. The pull down mechanism works like a charm. Stretches from 12 to 36 inches. Use one regular E26 size socket.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Extra Large Kalmar Ice Glass Brass Wall Sconces by J.T. Kalmar
Located in Rijssen, NL
Exceptional and high-end set of custom made elegant modern solid brass wall lights/sconces, manufactured by J.T. Kalmar Austria in the 1970s. Lovely design, executed to a very high s...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Brass and Beveled Glass Hexagonal Italian Chandelier After Adolf Loos, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Superb brass and bevelled glass hexagonal chandelier. This amazing pendant light was designed in Italy and inspired by the work of Adolf Loos during the 1950s. This piece is fanta...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Swedish Modern Pendant in Brass
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful pendant in brass with adjustable height, manufactured in Sweden, 1940s. This pendant features three light sources, hidden by fabric shades (new). The shades are connected ...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

American Designer, Pair of Table Lamps, Metal, United States, 1970s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of metal table lamps designed and produced in the United States, 1970s.  
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Poliarte Cube Table Lamp in Glass and Lucite
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Surprising cube table lamp made of thick glass slabs on which are glued squares of clear and yellow lucite. One single light bulb inside.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Murano Glass, Lucite

Midcentury Peill & Putzler Glass Globe Flushmount Ceiling Lamp, Germany, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful brass flushmount from the 1970s. With a globe lampshade, made of smoked grey glass. Executed by Peill & Putzler / Germany in the 1970s. Has three light sources and is in ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Pair of French Rattan Sconces by Louis Sognot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful pair of vintage rattan sconces by Louis Sognot from France, 1960s. Rattan triangular back with arched arm holding single socket on each sconce. Striking original oval ratta...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Italian Designer, Floor Lamp, Brass, Marble, Resin, Italy, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass, marble and resin floor lamp designed and produced in Italy, c. 1950s. Sold with Lampshade. Stated dimensions refer to the Floor Lamp with the Shade.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Brass

PMPT Flush Mount
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Part of Lumfardo Luminaries contemporary collection, the PMPT Flush Mount is a conical flush mount fixture in the spirit of Paavo Tynell of the Scandinavian Modern tradition. Made to...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Rare Italian Modern Otero Table Lamp by Giuliana Gramigna for Quattrifolio, 1979
Located in Catania, CT
Rare Otero table lamp by Giuliana Gramigna for Quattrifolio. White painted metal structure and glass beads shade. Good vintage condition with trace of age and use. Some loss of beads...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

1970's Pair of Murano Glass Swirl Table Lamps by Paolo Venini
Located in Praha, CZ
Set of two Murano glass table lamps atributed to Paolo Venini. Produced in Italy in the 1970's. New wiring, bulb: E 14
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Murano Glass

Sun Floor Lamp by Fornasetti, Italy, 1990s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Floor lamp sun face in soft stamped plastic by Fornasetti for the editor Antonangeli Illuminazione.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Plastic

Pendant Lamp by Doria Leucten, Germany, Metal Plates, 1970s
Located in Berlin, BE
Rare pendant lamp made of many round metal plates. Manufacturer: DORIA Leuchten A great colorful spot in your interior. Well preserved partly new painting of the white plates...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Emil Stjenar for Rupert E. Nikoll Large Chandelier in Glass and Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Emil Stjenar for Rupert E. Nikoll, chandelier, glass, brass, Austria, 1960s Wonderful chandelier by Emil Stjenar for Nikoll. This cylindric chandelier consists of multiple thin bras...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Lightolier
Located in Ferndale, MI
Space age lamp made in Japan for Lightolier. Weighted steel base supports chrome shaft holding adjustable plastic shade.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Box' Floor Lamp
Located in Glendale, CA
Werkstätte Carl Auböck 'Box' floor lamp. Designed in 1950, this versatile and Minimalist Viennese lamp is executed in blackened steel and sculptural hard paper shade by Werkstätte Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Curved Glass and Brass Wall Lamp, 1950s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern curved glass and brass wall lamp, 1950s Curved wall lamp with light green background, double central line pattern in brass, as well as the profiles and ot...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Italian Murano Glass Sconces by Mazzega
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Italian Murano glass sconces by Mazzega. This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern square Murano sconces have been newly wired to U.S. specifications.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Mid Century Ell Nanbu Japenese Retro Desk Lamp
Located in Leicester, GB
Mid-century Ell Nanbu Japenese Retro desk lamp. Width - 8cm Depth - 8cm Height - 20cm Two available - sold separately We strongly recommend that all electrical i...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Brass Edition 'Billy TL' Table Lamp by J.T. Kalmar, Kalmar Werkstatte
Located in Utrecht, NL
Billy TL Ilse Crawford Edition was created by London-based designer and creative director Ilse Crawford for Kalmar Werkstätten. This new version elevates the Billy TL concept with ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Majestic Purple Murano Glass Discs Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
A chandelier of rare beauty and elegance. 136 Purple Murano glass discs disposed in ten rows, forming two overlapping pyramids. 21 E 27 light bulbs A pair is available.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Iron

Antique Holophane Ripple-Lite Pendant Light, Low
Located in Stockbridge, GB
A prismatic glass pendant light Manufactured by ‘Holophane’.The light has retained its original coppered brass metal gallery, stamped with its model number ‘Holophane 7?. The shade c...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Banci Firenze Gilded Flush Mount Italian Wall Lamp, 1960s
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
Banci Firenze gilded wall lamp. The fixture is made of metal with gold leaf. Made in the 1960s. 6 x E14 socket. Dimensions: 23cm W, 23cm L, 12 cm D.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Midcentury Brass Glass Sconce Wall Lamp Italy 1960s
Located in Modena, IT
Midcentury modern design big italian sconce wall lamp designed by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, with brass frame and thickly ground crystal and frosted glass diffusers, Italy 1960s ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Targetti Sankey Chandelier in Murano Glass and Chrome-Plated Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Targetti Sankey, chandelier, chrome-plated steel, Murano glass, Italy, 1970s. This stunning chandelier is designed by Targetti Sankey in the 1970s. The intention of the maker was to...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Gerald Thurston lighting for sale on 1stDibs

Gerald Thurston lighting is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gerald Thurston collection of lighting, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 121 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Gerald Thurston's original lighting was created in mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by and . Pricing for the Gerald Thurston lighting can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $395 and tops out at $25,200, while pieces like these can sell for $1,950 on average.

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