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Post-Modern Lighting

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Style: Post-Modern
Burst Floor Lamp in Terracotta Enamel & Blown Glass by Blueprint Lighting
Located in New York, NY
Burst floor lamp--a fun new design by Blueprint Lighting! Burst is simple, playful form with a nod to 80s Post-Modernism. A truly a go-anywhere design at a practical price point. Ide...
Category

2010s American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Nickel, Enamel, Brass, Bronze

28.37 Pendant by Bocci
Located in Geneve, CH
28.37 pendant by Bocci Dimensions: D 105 x H 300 cm Materials: white powder coated round canopy Weight: 71.5 kg Also available in different dimensions. All our lamps can be wired ac...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Nickel

Navy TRN A1 Pendant Lamp by Pani Jurek
Located in Geneve, CH
Navy TRN A1 pendant lamp by Pani Jurek Dimensions: D 5 x W 15 x H 18 cm Material: ceramic and brass. Available in other colors. Lamps from the TRN collection hang on a metal tube, n...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Wink Ceiling Lamp by Masquespacio
Located in Geneve, CH
Wink ceiling lamp by Masquespacio. Dimensions: 30 x 60 x 150 cm. Materials: Metal structure bathed in 24 carats gold. Transparent cable of 1,5 m. adjustable. LED Bulb E27 inclu...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Tryst Three Chandelier by Paul Matter
Located in Geneve, CH
Tryst three chandelier by Paul Matter. Materials: brass and porcelain finish glass. Dimensions: W 114.3 x H 182.8 cm. Wight: 15 kg. Tryst chandelier explores the relationship b...
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2010s Indian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

TRN Ceramic Light, Model B3
Located in BŁĘDÓW, 14
The lighting fixture is part of TRN collection. Three dimensional objects inspired by Tarasin painting have a simple calligraphic form so they can play and talk together as if they w...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Strate Moon Wall Light by Emilie Cathelineau
Located in Geneve, CH
Strate Moon Wall Light by Emilie Cathelineau Dimensions: W 62.9 x D 8.7 x H 150 cm Materials: Solid brass, Polycarbonate diffuser. Others finishes and dimensions are available. ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mauricio Klabin Eclipse Lamp, 1982
Located in Miami, FL
Eclipse lamp by Mauricio Klabin.
Category

Late 20th Century Brazilian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Plastic

Post Modern Style Frame Floor Lamp Copper Color, Woven Cane and Terrazzo
Located in Lisbon, PT
Frame lamp stands out for its strong shapes made of Terrazzo stone, with opal glass globes kindly wrapped by a smooth, curved lacquered metal structure. Powder coated in Cobalt Blu...
Category

2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Black TRN A1 Pendant Lamp by Pani Jurek
Located in Geneve, CH
TRN A1 pendant lamp by Pani Jurek Dimensions: D 5 x W 15 x H 18 cm Material: ceramic and brass. Available in other colors. Lamps from the TRN collection hang on a metal tube, not on...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Milky Rose Bon Bon Wall Lamp by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Milky Rose Bon Bon Wall Lamp by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 18 x H 30 cm Materials: glass Also Available: other colors available, All our lamps can be wired according to each c...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Tub 60 Alabaster Wall Light by Contain
Located in Geneve, CH
Tub 60 Alabaster wall light by Contain. Dimensions: D 4 x W 4 x H 60 cm Materials: Alabaster Also available in different dimensions. All our lamps can be wired according to eac...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Alabaster

Bespoke Italian Post Modern Rose Pink Murano Glass Geometric Couture Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A fun modernist table / desk lamp, a contemporary organic creation entirely hand made in Italy, the geometric shape inspired by a fashion tailored suit design, the waisted middle par...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

David Grant Maul Blown Glass Neon Lamp Sculpture, 1983
Located in Miami, FL
Artisan blown glass neon lamp sculpture on black acrylic base by David Grant Maul, 1983. Singed and dated.
Category

Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

Yellow Charme Floor Lamp, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Yellow Charme floor lamp, Sander Bottinga Dimensions: H 153 x W 38 x D 25 cm Hand sculpted in brass, leather, wood and dip dyed colored Fringes in viscose. The movable arms makes it...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Bubblegum Light Sprinkles Bon Bon Pendant Lamp by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Bubblegum Light Sprinkles Bon Bon Pendant Lamp by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 24 cm Materials: glass Also Available: other colors available, All our lamps can be wired accordin...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Gold In the Sun Table Lamp by Dominique Perrault & Gaëlle Lauriot-prévost
Located in Geneve, CH
Gold In the Sun Table Lamp by Dominique Perrault & Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost Dimensions: D 13 x H 12.7 cm Materials: Steel, Aluminum All our lamps can be wired according to each countr...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Copper Lampe Gras N° 312 Ceiling Lamp by Bernard-Albin Gras
Located in Geneve, CH
Copper Lampe Gras N° 312 Ceiling Lamp by Bernard-Albin Gras Dimensions: D 36 x W 14 x H 100 cm Materials: Steel Also Available: Different colors and other shade available, All ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Limited Edition Callimaco by Ettore Sottsass
Located in Dronten, NL
Limited Edition Callimaco floor lamp by Ettore Sottsass in grey, white and yellow. Callimaco was designed by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide in 1982 and became a true icon of 1980s. I...
Category

2010s Italian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

14.14 Round Pendant by Bocci
Located in Geneve, CH
14.14 Round Pendant by Bocci Dimensions: D50.8 x H300 cm Materials: white powder coated round canopy Weight: 37 kg Available: Round and Rectangle version. All our lamps can be...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass, Coating

Polycarbonate Lampe Gras N° 312 Ceiling Lamp by Bernard-Albin Gras
Located in Geneve, CH
Polycarbonate lampe Gras N° 312 ceiling lamp by Bernard-Albin Gras Dimensions: D 36 x W 14 x H 100 cm Materials: Steel, polycarbonate Also available: Different colors and other shade...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Bubblegum Light Sprinkles Bon Bon Wall Lamp by Helle Mardahl
Located in Geneve, CH
Bubblegum Light Sprinkles Bon Bon Wall Lamp by Helle Mardahl Dimensions: D 18 x H 30 cm Materials: glass Also Available: other colors available, All our lamps can be wired acco...
Category

2010s Danish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Green Space II Ceiling Lamp by Dovain Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Green Space II Ceiling Lamp by Dovain Studio Dimensions: H 55 x W 30 x D 30 cm Materials: Lacquered Metal, Brass detail Dovain Studio Creative direction by Sergio Prieto, a Spa...
Category

2010s Portuguese Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

TRN D1 Pendant Lamp II by Pani Jurek
Located in Geneve, CH
TRN D1 pendant lamp II by Pani Jurek Dimensions: D 5 x W 35 x H 38 cm Material: Hand glazed ceramic and brass. Available in other colors. Lamps from the TRN collection hang on a met...
Category

2010s Polish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

IP Backstage L6 Polished Brass Wall Light by Emilie Cathelineau
Located in Geneve, CH
IP backstage L6 polished brass wall light by Emilie Cathelineau Dimensions: D72.3 x W6.3 X H9.2 cm Materials: solid brass, polished brass Others finishes and dimensions available....
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Glass & Chrome “Lightbulb” Pendant Lamp Attributed to Ingo Maurer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oversized pendant lightbulb with ribbed chrome detail, attributed to Ingo Maurer, the "poet of light". Hardwire, can be rewired at your discretion. Cord is approx 18”.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Nuvol Arm Wall Light by Contain
Located in Geneve, CH
Nuvol arm wall light by Contain Dimensions: D 10 x W 27 x H 18.6 cm Materials: brass structure and matte or glossy glass. Available in different finishes. All our lamps can b...
Category

2010s Spanish Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

28t Clear Table Lamp by Bocci
Located in Geneve, CH
28t cable table lamp by Bocci Dimensions: Diameter 16.5 x Height 16.5 cm Materials: blown glass, black fl exible cord with brass base and dial control Lamping: : 1.5w LED. Non-di...
Category

2010s Canadian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Steel, Nickel

IP Backstage C4 Satin Brass Wall Light by Emilie Cathelineau
Located in Geneve, CH
IP Backstage C4 Satin brass wall light by Emilie Cathelineau Dimensions: D28.3 x W38.3 X H9.2 cm Materials: Solid brass, Satin Brass Others finishes and dimensions available. A...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Memphis Clock Lamp Projector Timebeam by Design
By Timebeam
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Clock timebeam by design limited with a copy of instructions. Post modern style in the way of Memphis. 1987.
Category

1980s English Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Ceramic Lamp by Olivia Cognet
Located in Geneve, CH
Ceramic Lamp by Olivia Cognet Materials: Ceramic Dimensions: H around 60-70 cm tall Each of Olivia’s handmade creations is a unique work of art, the snapshot of a precious moment c...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Post Modern Plaster Twist Floor Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Chic voguish glazed ceramic twist form post modern floor lamp, in very good original condition clean, working and ready to use. Sophisticated white on white color way, modern design...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic, Plaster

Orsjö, Unique Sizaeble Wall Lights, Brass, Lacquered Metal Rattan, Sweden, 1980s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of sizeable wall lights, designed and produced by Orsjö site specific for an Architecture Company head office, Sweden, 1980s. Labeled. Assorted vintage rattan lampshades. T...
Category

1980s Swedish Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Richard Sapper for Artemide Italian Postmodern Tizio Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Richard Sapper for Artemide pair of Italian Postmodern 'Tizio' halogen table lamps or desk lamps with articulated arms and rotating bases, made in the late 20th century. 33" H x 33" ...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Gherpe Lamp by Superstudio, Italy
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gherpe table or floor mood lamp (1968). Superstudio (Italy) / Poltronova. Animal-like & changeable in shape, thanks to its "scales" that revolve around a central pivot / laser-cut...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Angelo Mangiarotti Saffo Table Lamp in Blown Glass for Artemide, 1970
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Iconic table lamp Saffo designed by Angelo Mangiarotti and produced by Artemide in 1970, present a polished aluminium base and a blown glass lampshade. Literature: Giuliana Grami...
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Gold-Plated Piramide Flush Mounts, 1970s, Italy
Located in Rijssen, NL
A rare gold-plated flush mount with pyramid shades of Murano glass. With nice colored small confetti glass drops. Modulated in the form of a pyramid. The flush mounts are designed an...
Category

1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Calee XL Table Lamp by Pool
Located in Geneve, CH
Calee XL table lamp by Pool Dimensions: D40 X H41 cm Materials: Solid Brass, Polycarbonate, Textile cable (2m). Others finishes and dimensions are available. All our lamps can ...
Category

2010s French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

1 of 20 Glass Amber Pedant Lights, Doria, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the18 Cascade lamps in a bubble design, model 4309, manufactured by Doria. It is suitable especially for high ceilings and lounge areas. The four large glass bubbles create a be...
Category

1970s German Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Postmodern Karl Springer Design Metal Ball Lamp
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Metal ball lamp, documented by designer Karl Springer. "Confetti" painted shapes and colors all the way around, circa 1980s. No shade included.
Category

1980s Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Hot.Hot Table Lamp by Ingo Maurer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Hot.Hot table lamp by Ingo Maurer, Germany, circa 2006. The body is constructed of black lacquered steel and the rotating head features an adjustable glass lens system that cont...
Category

Early 2000s German Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Modern Industrial Large Round faced Steel & Aluminum Table Lamp with Brass and W
Located in Treadwell, NY
Collection I: Tank light Combining hand-finished steel, burnished aluminum, antiqued brass, and oiled walnut, the tank light is substantial, solid, and refined. Intended as a s...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Pair of Postmodern Lucite Brass Wall Lights by Metalarte, 1980s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Chic and beautiful pair of midcentury Lucite and brass wall sconces. These wall sconces are made in Barcelona (Spain) by Metalarte during 1980s. “Metalarte” original label still sho...
Category

1980s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Postmodern Chalkware Lamps in the Style of Sottsass Marked Vard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
These fanciful and colorful lamps pay homage to the creative days of the postmodern era. These lamps are chalk ware, very heavy and marked Vard.
Category

Late 20th Century North American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Vetri Murano Table Lamp, Monumental Triangle Tall Striped Glass Pyramid
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great tall Murano table lamp by Vetri.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Small Aurum Gold Glass Sconce by Alex de Witte
Located in Geneve, CH
Aurum glass sconces by Alex de Witte Dimensions: Small: 20 x 30 cm Aurum shows how Alex de Wite is able to convey movement within a frozen form. As glass is liquid and filled with ...
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Bespoke Seahorse Bronze Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of bespoke seahorse bronze table lamps. The lamp shades are not included. Please note that these lamps are customizable. Dimensions: Total H 25.25″ Rectangular Base: W 7.75″ x ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Modern Peach Lucite Midcentury Monumental Sculptural Egg Form Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury monumental ostrich-egg pink Lucite or resin or acrylic modern sculptural table lamp. Wood base. Listing is for single lamp. Two available. Lampshade not included.
Category

20th Century North American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Lucite

Bay Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Bay table lamp is a breathtaking masterpiece by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis (1983). Fabricated from tiers of colored perspex plastic & colored and whitened crystal glass, this wo...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Crystal

Contemporary Wall Lamp and Vase by Soft Baroque, Black Nickel-Plated Brass
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Commissioned by Etage Projects for Salon Art + Design 2017. Wall light and vase made of black nickel-plated crushed brass. Comes with remote, can be mounted on the wall or placed on ...
Category

2010s British Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Two Memphis Style Tre Ci Luce Vega by Luciano Cesaro & Fabio Amico 1980s
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Two Memphis Style, Sleek design, wall lights or scones made by Tre Ci Luce Vega and designed by Luciano Cesaro & Fabio Amico 1985. Silver metal round disc as back plate, brass arms ...
Category

1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

1970s Pair of Italian Table Lamps, Base in Cast Bronze and Bronzed Brass
Located in Milano, IT
1970s pair of Italian table lamps, base in cast bronze and bronzed brass, new electrical wiring.
Category

1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Contemporary 001 Semi-Flush in Brass by Orphan Work
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Orphan Work 001 Semi-Flush Shown in brushed brass and alabaster Available in brushed brass, brushed nickel or blackened brass Measures: 7 1/2” height X 13” diameter UL approved Holds...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Alabaster, Brass, Nickel

Modern Peach Lucite Midcentury Monumental Sculptural Egg Form Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury monumental ostrich-egg pink Lucite or Resin or Acrylic modern sculptural table lamp. Wood base. Listing is for single lamp. Two available.
Category

20th Century North American Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Lucite

OBJ-01 Stainless Steel Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 stainless steel table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: stainless steel All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage converter is available for ...
Category

2010s Mexican Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ettore Sottass "Pattica Lamp" for Memphis 'Post Design' Collection, 2000
Located in London, GB
Ettore Sottsass Post design (Memphis), Milan, Italy. ‘Pattica’ lamp, 2000. Yellow dyed maple base with five florescent lamps. Original box. Fully function, supplied complete with ...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Lighting

Pair of French Moderne 1980s Wall Lights
Located in New York, NY
A nice modern pair of chrome 1980s, French sconces.
Category

Late 20th Century French Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Art Glass Turquoise Blue V Lite Lamps, Signed 1989
Located in Hingham, MA
Large-scale handblown conical form art glass lamps on round black stepped marble bases made by Glass Light Studio, signed 1989. The V-lite has one socket for a standard dimmable bulb...
Category

1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble

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