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Scandinavian Modern Lighting

SCANDINAVIAN MODERN STYLE

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair and Berlin daybed, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak.

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while the revolutionary architect and furniture innovator produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, a stylistic maverick and maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Verner Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Style: Scandinavian Modern
Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Darkly Patinated Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' darkly patinated outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in rich dark patination. An incredibly ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Bröderna Malmströms Metallvarufabrik Attribution, Sconce, Brass, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass sconce / wall light designed and production attributed to Bröderna Malmströms Metallvarufabrik, Malmö, Sweden, 1940s. Variable dimensions, measured as illustrated in the f...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Hans-Agne Jakobssen, A Pair of Candleholders, Model 135, Sweden 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
A pair of red colored glas and brass candle lamps by Hans-Agne Jakobssen. Designed and manufactured in Sweden in the 1960s. Excellent vintage condition, no chips, the red colored g...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Swedish Designer, Sconces, Brass, Fabric, Sweden, c. 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of brass and fabric sconces / wall lights designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s. Sold with Lampshade(s). Stated dimensions refer to the Sconce with the Shade(s). Dim...
Category

1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Organic Modern White Wood 27" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
SERENE is a contemporary, Mid-Century Modern light fixture with a Scandinavian Design and Organic Modern composition. This is a minimalist luxury wood veneer pendant design and can b...
Category

2010s American Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Set PH 4.5 Copper Wall Lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, DK 1980s
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of two PH 4.5 copper wall lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark 1980s. This iconic lamp was first designed in 1966 and has been a Classic ever since. These wall l...
Category

1980s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Copper

Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Verdigris Patinated Outdoor Sconce
Located in Glendale, CA
Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' verdigris patinated outdoor sconce. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in richly patinated metal. An incredi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Verner Panton 'Panthella Portable' Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton 'Panthella Portable' table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal acrylic, this unique battery-powered table lamp lights up any space harmoniously and withou...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Twelve-Light Chandelier, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
This marvellous, brass twelve-light chandelier was created in what we now call “the golden age of Scandinavian design”. Hans-Agne Jakobsson was the great Swedish master of lighting, ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pendant Light "Ph Snowball" Designed by Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen, Denmark
Located in Hägersten, SE
Ceiling light model "PH snowball" designed by Poul Henningsen. Designed in 1958 put first put in production from 1983. Produced in Denmark by Louis Poulsen. Chromed metal and white l...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Lisa Johansson-Pape 'Lisa' Floor Lamp for Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape 'Lisa' floor lamp for Innolux Oy. Originally produced in the 1950s by Orno, this newly authorized re-edition of the iconic lamp is made by Innolux in Finland usin...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Verner Panton 'Panthella 320' Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton 'Panthella 320' table lamp for Louis Poulsen. The medium sized Panthella 320 table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shaped lamp wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Poul Henningsen PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in All Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 5 pendant for Louis Poulsen in all black. Poul Henningsen introduced his iconic PH 5 pendant light in 1958. Six decades later, the PH 5 remains the bestselling des...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Johan Carpner Stav Spot 2 Raw Brass Ceiling Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Stav Spot 1 designed by Johan Carpner and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s t...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Louis Poulsen 'Toldbod' Outdoor Wall Light in Natural Aluminum
Located in Glendale, CA
Louis Poulsen 'Toldbod' outdoor wall light in natural aluminum. The Toldbod 6.1" Wall was launched in 2006, with a design based on Poul Henningsen's Ellipse reflector. The fixture is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Large 'Ripls' Wall or Ceiling Light for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large 'Ripls' wall or ceiling light for Louis Poulsen. Louis Poulsen set out to create a lamp which was discrete – yet also an experience. From a distance, the opal-shaped Ripls rese...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Arne Jacobsen 'AJ Mini' Table Lamp in Rusty Red for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Arne Jacobsen 'AJ Mini' table lamp in rusty red for Louis Poulsen. These lamps were designed in 1960 by Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (Radisson blue), and contr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel, Zinc

GamFratesi Black Brass and Marble 'Yuh' Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Gamfratesi black brass and marble 'Yuh' table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the Yuh reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape ligh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Aluminum, Brass

'Peanut 250' Pendant Lamp by Bent Karlby for Lyfa 'New Edition'
Located in Paris, FR
Pendant Lamp by Bent Karlby for Lyfa Opal glass, brass Sizes available: D 175 mm – H 290 mm D 250 mm – H 420 mm D 400 mm – H 620 mm Textile wire (black) 300cm Bulb: E14/...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' Polished Copper Outdoor Sconces
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Hans-Agne Jakobsson 'Mini-Tratten' polished copper outdoor sconces. A smaller scale version of the Classic Swedish outdoor wall lamp executed in raw polished copper. An incre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Copper

Caret MF1 Dark Burgundy Portable Table Lamp, by Matteo Fogale for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
A practical solution to the increasingly blurred boundaries between work and home, the portable Caret reimagines the linear silhouettes of the classic, green-shaded designs – known a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Swedish Designer, Wall Lights, Brass, Teak, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of brass and teak wall lights designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s. Dimensions of back plate (inches) : (.75 x 9.75 x .06).
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1940s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Ceramic "Sun" Wall Sconces Handmade by "Sejer" Denmark, 1960s Brutalism
Located in Odense, DK
Large wall hung "Sun" sconce handmade in the 1960s at "Sejer" ceramics workshop in Denmark in brutalist style. Enormous in size and beauty this wall sconce is just breathtaking and m...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Stoneware

Lisa Johansson-Pape Large Polished Brass Perforated Metal Pendant
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape Llarge polished brass perforated metal pendant. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity of Pape's i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Flowerpot Vp9 Portable Matt White Table Lamp from Verner Panton
Located in Lebanon, LB
The Flowerpot table lamp with a rounded pendant that hangs from the semi-domed upper shade, design of Verner Panton 1968. Slightly smaller in size than the table lamp version, and d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Paavo Tynell Ceiling Lamp Model 9029 Produced by Taito Oy in Finland
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare ceiling lamp model 9029 designed by Paavo Tynell. Produced by Taito Oy in Finland.
Category

1950s Finnish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

'Gravity XL High' Floor Lamp for Gubi in Black Marble with Canvas Shade
Located in Glendale, CA
'Gravity XL High' floor lamp for Gubi in black marble with canvas shade. Executed in solid marble, with a black cloth cord and dimmer, the Gravity XL Floor Lamp designed by Space Co...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Marble, Metal

Swedish Five-Arm Brass and Glass Chandelier, Sweden, ca 1950s
Located in Utrecht, NL
Chandeliers have often been used as decorative focal points for rooms since the 20th century. In Scandinavian mid-century design, where interior lighting is of particular importance,...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

'Divan 2', 400, Pendant Lamp in Stainless Steel by Lyfa
Located in Paris, FR
Divan 2, size 400, pendant lamp in stainless steel by LYFA Size : H 52.2cm W 40cm D 40cm Inside: Red, purple, blue, green, white Materials : Stainless steel Textile wire (bla...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Stainless Steel

Manhattan SC52, Brass & Canvas Table Lamp by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition
Located in Lebanon, LB
Ensure the ambiance is right with Manhattan SC52, a portable table lamp from Space Copenhagen. Its industrial-inspired base is made from anodized aluminium with a columned detailin...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

LU Louis Sconce PB
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome LU Louis sconce. An all brass wall sconce in patinated brass with patterned perforations by Lumfardo Luminaires. Made contemporary in the US. Multiples available for order. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Outdoor Wall Lamp in Patinated Copper, Made in Denmark 1950s
Located in Lejre, DK
Outdoor wall lamp in patinated copper, designed and made in Denmark.  
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Copper

Poul Henningsen Ceiling Lamp Model PH-5/5 Produced by Louis Poulsen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Very rare ceiling lamp model PH-5/5 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Marked “PAT.APPL”.  
Category

1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Konsthantverk Globe D20 Aluminum Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model globe designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. A functional Classic: Matte white opal glass paired with chrome creates a stylish feel and superb,...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

1960's Three Perforated Swedish Brass 'Window' Pendants by Hans Agne Jakobsson
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Swedish set of three beautiful brass 'Window' pendants designed by Hans age Jakobsson for AB Markaryd. All three are in overall very good condition. Each consists a screw fitting, s...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Paavo Tynell Brass Wall Lights for Taito Oy, Finland, 1950s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Paavo Tynell & Taito Oy - Scandinavian Modern A beautiful pair of Paavo Tynell brass brass wall lights, Finland, 1950s. Model 9459 wall lights for Taito Oy. Marked on the top ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Set of Three Gold Coloured Maritim Glass Wall Lamps by Vitrika, 1970s
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Set of three gold coloured handmade Maritim Lampet wall lamps, produced by Danish lighting manufacturer Vitrika in the 1970s. Each lamp consists of two parts: a solid and so rathe...
Category

1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Louis Weisdorf 'Multi-Lite' Pendant Lamp in Blue
Located in Glendale, CA
Louis Weisdorf 'Multi-Lite' pendant lamp in blue. Designed in 1972 by Weisdorf, this is an authorized re-edition by Gubi of Denmark who meticulously reproduces his work with scrupulo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome

PH 2/1 Stem Fitting Designed by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen, 1997
Located in Lejre, DK
PH 2/1 stem fitting designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen. The stem is in burnished brass. The lamp was made in 1997 to celebrate the 100th year anniversary o...
Category

1940s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Elegant Danish "Vaterpump" Floor Lamp in Brass by Th. Valentiner, 1940s
Located in Lejre, DK
Danish floor light in patinated brass, adjustable height and shade. Designed and made for Th. Valentiner in the 1940s-1950s. Great condition.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Sabina Grubbeson Kusk Leather and Iron Wall Lamp by Konsthantverk
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model Kusk designed by Sabina Grubbeson and manufactured by Konsthantverk. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s techni...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Iron

1960s Hans-Agne Jakobsson Wood Tripod Floor Lamp for AB Ellysett
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s Hans-Agne Jakobsson wood tripod floor lamp for AB Ellysett. Designed and produced by Jakobsson in Markaryd, Sweden and executed in thin bentwood with solid wood tripod legs. A ...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Bentwood

Wall Chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Amazing wall chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, made in brass with opaline glass shades. Slender, tapering shades in a very cool design. Beautiful, warm sheen when lit.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Houseof Metal Diner Pendant Light in White
Located in Bradford on Avon, GB
Everyone makes a diner pendant these days... but not like ours. The adjustable pendant wire suspends a high quality metal shade, which focuses light down on to the work surface below...
Category

2010s Chinese Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Poul Henningsen PH5 Mini Pendant for Louis Poulsen in All Black
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH5 mini pendants for Louis Poulsen in all black. Poul Henningsen originally introduced the full-sized PH 5 pendant light in 1958 as a classic new product. No one kne...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Set of 6 Ceiling Lights, Sweden, 1980s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of 6 available. White glass, brass colored. Listed price is for one (1) pendant.
Category

1980s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Vintage Verner Panton Enamel Flowerpot Pendant Lamp by Louis Poulsen, Denmark
Located in Krefeld, DE
Very nice white enamel flowerpot pendant design Verner Panton Design 1968 produced by Louis Poulsen in 1989, Made in Denmark. In enameled metal no more in production. The lamp is in ...
Category

1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pink Hans-Agne Jakobsson Ceiling Lamp Model T601/M, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Markaryd, Sweden, 1960s. Height is adjustable.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Swedish Designer, Adjustable Floor Lamp, Brass, Metal, Rattan, Sweden, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A brass, black-lacquered metal and rattan, adjustable floor lamp designed and produced in Sweden, 1950s. Variable dimensions, measured as illustrated in the first image. Sold with L...
Category

1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Lighting Pendant by Mac Hegerup
Located in Long Island City, NY
Lighting pendant designed by Mac Hegerup, for Kronobergs Belysning, Sweden circa 1960th. Pressed colored glass on brass hardware. Very good vintage condition. Manufacturer label at...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Rare Hans-Agne Jakobsson Floor Lamp Model G-110, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Markaryd, Sweden. New wiring.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Lisa Johansson-Pape Large Silver Perforated Metal Pendant
Located in Glendale, CA
Lisa Johansson-Pape large silver perforated 'Hat' metal pendant for Innolux Oy. Originally designed in 1947, these authorized re-editions are true to the original charming simplicity...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Table Lamp Model BN-26, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Hans-Agne Jakobsson table lamp, model BN-26. Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Markaryd, Sweden. Signed. New wiring.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Konsthantverk Glimminge Oxidized Brass Small Wall Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model Glimminge designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured using craftsman’s technique...
Category

2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Brass Floor Lamp G-075 by Bergboms, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Adjustable shade. Excellent vintage condition. Produced by Bergboms in Sweden, 1960s. New wiring. Please note: Ten lamps available.
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Cave Wall Arm Short Light, Hand Crocheted in 100% Mercerized Cotton
Located in London, London
Each Naomi Paul pendant and lighting design is crafted entirely by hand in our London studio to order, by our highly skilled team of makers. A direct light source, pivoting left and...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary British Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Jo Hammerborg Table Lamp Model Senior Produced by Fog & Mørup in Denmark
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare table lamp model senior designed by Jo Hammerborg. Produced by Fog & Mørup in Denmark.
Category

1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Set of Three Axella Stentøj Ceramic Wall Lamps, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Maastricht, NL
A set of three earth-toned round ceramic wall lamps by Axella Stentøj that integrates a Bohemian and midcentury style. Signed by Axella and in an excellent condition. We have a four...
Category

1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Lighting

Materials

Enamel

Orrefors lighting for sale on 1stDibs

Orrefors 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 Orrefors lighting collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 166 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original lighting by Orrefors were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern mid-century style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by and . The prices for Orrefors lighting can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$272 and tops out at US$24,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,237 on average.

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