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Space Age Lighting

SPACE AGE STYLE

Vintage Space Age furniture captured post–World War II optimism with swooping shapes, bowed lines and experimentation with new materials including plastic and fiberglass.

From the launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957 to the landing of Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969, the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States propelled advancements in technology that transformed culture. Space Age design encompassed fashion, architecture, cars, furniture and objects for the home, bringing wonder and hope for the future into everyday life.

Coinciding with Pop art, Space Age style featured bold colors and forms. Eero Aarnio’s Ball chair, which debuted in 1966, used molded fiberglass for a capsule-like space while Verner Panton’s 1959 Panton chair was a single piece of molded plastic for a gravity-defying S shape. Red versions of Olivier Mourgue’s 1964 Djinn chair were futuristic enough to appear on the space station in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Today, Joe Colombo is revered as a master of modern Italian design thanks to the provocative modular furniture pieces he created, such as the Tube chair and the Elda armchair, both of which embody the future-forward spirit of the Space Age.

The Space Age spirit extended to home building too. The futuristic Case Study Houses, which were designed by the likes of Pierre Koenig, Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra and Whitney R. Smith, are considered a high point of modernism and the Southern California lifestyle.

Sometimes the nods to space exploration were more literal, like moon and star motifs or the 1965 Eclisse lamp by Vico Magistretti that saw the mid-century Italian designer integrating a movable inner shade to “eclipse” the light source. Alongside the pioneering moon missions, JVC manufactured the Videosphere portable television reminiscent of the Apollo 11 space helmets.

Although the style faded in the 1970s — with the 1975 joining of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts signaling a new era of cooperation and the global oil crisis impacting the availability of plastics — the era’s innovations influenced designers into the 21st century such as Zaha Hadid and Djivan Schapira.

Find a collection of vintage Space Age seating, tables, lighting and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Space Age
Pair of Putzler Wall Lights, Sculptural Glass and Chrome, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Pair of Putzler wall lights in sculptural glass on a highly polished chrome frame, circa 1970s, Germany. Statement pieces. A clear design, with modern materials and special textures....
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1970s Austrian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Chrome

1960s German Peill & Putzler 'Artichoke' Opaline Glass Flush Mount Ceiling Light
Located in London, GB
1960s Large German Peill & Putzler 'Artichoke' shaped opaline ceiling flush mount. The shade clips onto a black metal ceiling plate which screws directly to the ceiling. It easily ...
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Mid-20th Century German Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Foil

Mid-century Modern, Space Age Chandelier
By A. James
Located in Berkeley, CA
This by far my favorite fixture in the showroom. No doubt Buck Rogers would hang this beauty in his dining pod. Battle Star Galactica might of used it as a...
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Late 20th Century American Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Chandelier by Aldo Nason for Mazzega Murano, Italy, 1970s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Ribbon model chandelier or ceiling pendant light by the designer Aldo Nason for Mazzega, blown Murano glass, metal chrome. Famous manufacture like Car...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Darkened Brass Starburst 18-Light Sputnik Flush Mount Light
Located in San Francisco, CA
This brass fixture looks excellent as a wall sconce or ceiling mount. It has 18 sockets. Measures: 21.5" x 18.5" x 7".
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2010s North American Space Age Lighting

Materials

Brass

Galaxy Contemporary Italian Alabaster Marble Globe Chandelier
Located in Rome, IT
Galaxy contemporary Italian alabaster marble globe chandelier. Exclusive production of Tuscany alabaster...
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2010s European Space Age Lighting

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Alabaster

Kaiser Idell & Co. Leuchten Bauhaus Tube Ceiling Light, 1940s, Germany
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Beautiful slim line Bauhaus ceiling lamp manufactured by Kaiser Idell (Kaiser & Co Leuchten, Germany est. 1865). Brushed metal and alloy. Fully working and tested condition, rebu...
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Late 20th Century Italian Space Age Lighting

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Aluminum, Chrome

Space Age Purple Acrylic & Chrome Pendant 1968/1969 Cosack Leuchten Germany
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Top quality German lighting made by Cosack Leuchten and featured in their catalogue of 1968/1969 This pendant is made in purple and white acrylic plexiglass rings...
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1960s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Ceramic Hand Wall Sconce, very huge size 14.6'', Italian design lamp, c. 1970s
Located in leucate, FR
Huge ceramic wall light in the shape of a left hand. Extremely rare with this large size An opalescent Murano glass globe (diameter 9.8'') is placed in the palm of the hand. The la...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Ceramic, Murano Glass

Adjustable Space Age Gallery Spot for 3 Phase Rail by Staff
Located in München, DE
Fantastic 3-phase track lamp from Staff from the 1970s. The Staff brand is known for its high-quality workmanship and perfectionist design. The large yellow-orange lamp head is infin...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Iconic Space Age Lamp by Richard Essig - Avantgarde Design from the 1970s
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Illuminate your space with this striking space age lamp designed by Richard Essig Besigheim. This unique hanging lamp features a glossy yellow plastic cube with rounded holes, perfec...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Glass, Plastic

Sunburst Wall Lamp
Located in München, DE
Beautiful sunburst wall lamp from the 1960s. Very contemporary design with a fantastic noble appearance. There is a very nice play of light on the wall. Condition: Very good vintag...
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1960s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Adjustable Space Age Gallery Spot for Wall or Ceiling by Staff
Located in München, DE
Fantastic lamp for wall or ceiling mounting from the 1970s. The Staff brand is known for its high-quality workmanship and perfectionist design. The large yellow-orange lamp head is i...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern LT216 Table Lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, 1970
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space Age, LT216 model, one-light table lamp designed by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, in red and white Murano glass. Made in Italy, circa 1970.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Lighting

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Murano Glass

Pair fagenhulst floor lamps 1970s Sweden
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice pair of Floor lamps .White Perspex Shades.,that can be changed in height .Two large bulbs each . Pull down switch. Manufactured by Fagerhulst Sweden 1970s .good condition
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1970s Swedish Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Acrylic

Pair of Rare Wall Lights by Motoko Ishii for Staff Leuchten, 1970
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A wonderful set of 2 wall lights by the Japanese designer Motoko Ishii for the German brand Staff Leuchten. They have a very thin amber glass shade and a brass base. The lights requ...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Glass

Ufo Design Glass & Blue Glas Flush Mount by Gunther Lambert, 1970s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Very Rare Ufo design glass & blue plexiglass flush mounts or wall lamps by Gunther Lambert, 1970s, Germany Lampshade is in good condition and very clean. This lamp works with E2...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

1970s Space Age Art Glass and Chrome Table Lamp with Brown and White Inclusions
Located in Melbourne, AU
A compact table light designed and made in Italy or Spain in the late 1970s. We have restored and rewired, adding a satin black coat to the base. Simple push button switch to undersi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

A Saturn metal and Murano glass Space age Italian pendant lamp
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The Saturn metal and Murano glass Space Age Italian pendant lamp is a striking blend of mid-century modern design and artisanal craftsmanship, making it a perfect addition to any con...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Mushroom opaline glass table lamp by METALARTE Spain 1970s
Located in BARCELONA, ES
Indulge in the captivating allure of the 1970s with this vintage Mushroom opaline glass table lamp by METALARTE, a quintessential piece of Spanish design that promises to elevate you...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Mid Century White Space Age Metal Witch Hat Pendant Lamp, 1970s
Located in ROTTERDAM, ZH
Very unique white witch hat pendant lamp with a black edge. The shade is made out of metal. The crossing of the metal pieces adds a nice decorat...
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20th Century Space Age Lighting

Materials

Plastic

Mauro Martini, red 'Picchio' woodpecker table lamp, F.lli Martini Italy 1970s
Located in Firenze, IT
'Picchio' (wood pecker) table lamp designed by Mauro Martini F.lli Martini, Italy 1970s Lacquered sheet metal 55 cm H x 31 x 42 cm The light beam can be adjusted according to the...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal

XL Midcentury Space Age Table Lamp, Sputnik or Atom, 1970s - Germany
Located in Praha, CZ
- Germany - circa 1970s - Good original condition - US compatible, US adapter uncl. - 3 bulbs any wattage jr.
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

XL Midcentury Space Age Table Lamp, Sputnik or Atom, 1970s - Germany
Located in Praha, CZ
- Germany - circa 1970s - Good original condition - US compatible, US adapter uncl. - 3 bulbs any wattage jr.
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal

"Geometral" floor lamp by Nanda Vigo for Reggiani
Located in Conversano, IT
Extraordinary and rare floor lamp produced by Reggiani and designed by Nanda Vigo in the late 1970s, belonging to the wonderful Geometral series. The floor lamp consists of a circula...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Steel

Metallic Grey and Orange Space Age Flush Mount Ceiling Lamp, 1970s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Metallic Grey and Orange Space Age Flush Mount Ceiling Lamp, 1970s, Germany Lampshade is in very good vintage condition. This lamp works with E27 light bulbs. Wired and suitable t...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Metallic Grey and Yellow Space Age Flush Mount Ceiling Lamp, 1970s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Metallic Grey and Yellow Space Age Flush Mount Ceiling Lamp, 1970s, Germany Lampshade is in very good vintage condition. This lamp works with E27 light bulbs. Wired and suitable t...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Minimalist Space Age 12-Arm Cubic Chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari, Italy 1970s
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find a rare, minimalist chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari. It features shape of an atom and 12 lightbulb spots formed as cubicles, using bulbs model E1...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Chrome

Table Lamp with Murrine Attrib. to Angelo Brotto - Italy - 1970s
Located in Milano, IT
Mushroom table lamp, consisting of a central chrome-plated metal body carrying a large blown clear glass canopy, enriched with a wide milk-white piece. inside this ultimatum is an op...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome

1960s Italian Gaetano Sciolari Geometric Polished Chrome Nine Light Chandelier
Located in London, GB
A stunning and striking polished chromed-metal geometric chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari for S.A. Boulanger in Italy during the 1960s. The 9 vertical chromed square bulb hol...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Orange Ceramic Wall Light Flush Mount, Denmark, 1970
By OTHR
Located in Rijssen, NL
Spectacular circular ceramic wall light, with beautiful orange and brown accents. Manufactured in Denmark in the 1970s. Labelled by Løvemose, in excellent condition.  Løvemose was a...
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1970s Danish Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Ceramic

Gold Brass Flush Mount, Cosack, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Beautiful brass Flush Mount by Cosack lights, Germany, 1960/1970. Original 1960s space age brass ceiling light with nine lighting elements. This light was designed and produced by C...
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1960s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Brass

Space Age Iconic Lamp - Rotating Color Disc Hypnotic Ambient Lighting 1970s
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Transform your space with this vintage Space Age lamp, a true masterpiece of 70s design. The lamp features an ingenious rotating plastic disc with eight vibrant colors, casting a hyp...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Floor Lamp Chrome Blown Glass by Reggiani, Italy, 1970
Located in Rijssen, NL
Spiral floor lamp by the Reggiani manufactured, circa 1970. Stainless steel with hand blown Murano glass sphere. A statement piece! In very good condition. Cleaned well wired and r...
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1970s Austrian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Steel, Chrome

1970s Arc Chrome and Acrylic Extendable Floor Lamp
Located in Toronto, ON
Stunning space age chrome and acrylic arched extendable floor lamp, made in the 1970s. This amazing space age style lamp is crafted with precision, featuring a chrome body with an ac...
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1970s American Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Large hanging lamp from Harvey Guzzini for Meblo ceiling lamp, 1970s0s
Located in Saarburg, RP
ceiling lamp by Harvey Guzzini for Mablo - 1970s. This beautiful lamp is a real design classic from the 70s. This lamp with its unusual design is a highlight for any lounge interior...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Space Age Green Flying Saucer Table Lamp with Glass Bowl, Italy 1970s
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Discover the epitome of Space Age design with this gorgeous and unfindable space age lamp, featuring a unique white and green plastic base holder topped by a flying saucer-shaped cle...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Glass, Plastic

Italian Design Cactus Fabric Floor or Table Lamp, 1970s, Italy
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Italian Design Cactus Fabric Floor or Table Lamp, 1970s, Italy It has casting metal base Fabric in three different sizes on cast metal Minimal and natural design Very high quality....
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

1960s Danish Golden Aluminium Pendant Model P376 by Kastholm and Fabricius
Located in London, GB
The top model P376 hanging space age pendant light was designed in 1964 by Jørgen Kastholm and Preben Fabricius and manufactured by Nordisk Solar Compagni. The pendant fixture featu...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass, Wire

1960s German Sölken Leuchten Arc Polished Chrome Height Adjustable Floor Lamp
Located in London, GB
1960s German space-age, adjustable, polished chrome arc floor lamp manufactured by Sölken Leuchten. The height is adjustable and held in place by a large feature chrome screw knob wh...
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1960s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Space age chromed spherical table lamp, Italy, 1970s
Located in Firenze, IT
Unique space age chromed spherical table lamp Italy, 1970s White plexiglass, chromed metal The lamp is switched on and off by opening and closing it. Light on both sides. 24 x 2...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Two 1960s round Space Age Pop Art aluminum ceiling or wall lamps
Located in München, DE
Two minimalist 1960s Space Age Pop Art aluminum ceiling or wall lamps. The front of the lamps are covered with glossy clear varnish. Fully functional, each with one E27 original meta...
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1960s European Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

1970s Space Age Blue Metal and White Glass Italian Pendant
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A particular light pendant designed and manufactured in Italy in the Seventies, it's in good condition overall, only a glass has a small flaw covered by the metal part when it's moun...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Rare table lamp Zerbetto designer Gian Nicola Gigante
Located in Vittoria, IT
Rare table lamp designed by Gian Nicola Gigante for Zerbetto Padova, perfect condition
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Mid-20th Century European Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal

"P436 - Stalagmite" floor lamp by Pat Hoffman for Interior Lighting Lights
By Pat Hoffman
Located in Conversano, IT
Extraordinary floor lamp model "P436 - Stalagmite" designed by Pat Hoffman in the late 1960s for the Italian company Luci Illumanzione d'Interni. The lamp is made of chrome-plated s...
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1980s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Steel

Vintage Space Age Double Arc Mushroom Floor Lamp by Dijkstra, Retro 70s
Located in ROTTERDAM, ZH
Iconic Dijkstra double arc floor lamp with acrylic glass mushroom shades in beige colour and a brown/chrome base. The shades produce a warm light and can be turned downwards or upwar...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Acrylic, Plastic

XXL Martinelli Luce Moon Architectural Pendant Lamp
Located in Taranto, IT
XXL Martinelli Luce Moon architectural pendant lamp. In good conservative condition, only slight and obvious signs of time present. (Please see photos) Height 110cm Diameter 73cm
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal

Arc floor lamp in orange acrylic, Germany 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Adjustable arc Floor Lamp with orange acrylic shade. Please be aware of a minor imperfection in the plastic underneath the shade (refer to photo). Good vintage condition overall. ...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Marble, Chrome

Large aluminium space age pendant by RAAK, Netherlands 1960s
By RAAK
Located in ECHT, NL
Large and very rare model r.213 made by RAAK in the 1960s. Made from stacked rings made from aluminium. Impressive piece that measures 50cm in diameter and 48cm in height. It is fi...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Space Age Lighting

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Aluminum

1 of the 3 Dark Striped Square Ceramic Wall Lights, Germany, 1970
By OTHR
Located in Rijssen, NL
Dark striped square-shaped ceramic wall lights/flush mounts made in Germany in the 1970s. The base of the light is square and there are beautiful ceramic stripes on top of that. Thi...
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1970s German Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Ceramic

Moon rock style table lamp made from fiberglass, France 1970s
Located in ECHT, NL
Space age table lamp. In the style of the moon rock lamp series by Andre Cazenave. The globe is made from fiberglass with ground mineral powder giving it a moon like appearance in bo...
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Mid-20th Century French Space Age Lighting

Materials

Concrete

"Picchio" table lamp by Mauro Martini for Fratelli Martini, Italy 1970s
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The "Picchio" table lamp by Mauro Martini for Fratelli Martini encapsulates the epitome of Italian design excellence from the 1970s, making it an exceptional addition to any discerni...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Atomic Eyeball Table Lamps by Sijaj Hrastnik, 70s, Pair
Located in Lucija, SI
Very retro red pair of Mid Century Eyeball Table Lamps were made by Sijaj Hrastnik Yugoslavia in '70s. Classic Space age design
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1970s Slovenian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Vintage Space Age Table Lamp - Retro Charm Psychedelic Ambiance Light
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Step into a world of mesmerizing lighting with this rare Space Age lamp, featuring a cream plastic base holder topped by a large clear glass globe. The unique design of this lamp all...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Glass, Plastic

3 Raak Space Ace Wall Sconces mode ''Wokkel'' 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Den Haag, NL
set of Three Space Ace style ,Wall Sconces .Mocha Brown color . with aluminum . model ''Wokkel'' attributed to Raak Amsterdam . 1970s Small E14 socket needed. Very nice light ef...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

1970s Italian ceiling lamp, spaceage.
Located in Genova, IT
Italian-made chandelier from the 1970s, spaceage style. The lamp consists of a black lacquered metal ceiling lamp 40 cm in diameter from which hang 4 lighting elements with lacquer...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal

Hydra chrome floor / table lamp by Pierre Folie for Jaques Charpentier 1969
Located in Antwerpen, Antwerp
The Hydra chrome floor or table lamp was designed by Pierre Folie and manufactured in France in 1969 by Jacques Charpentier. Folie is best known for his work in stainless steel, a ma...
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1960s French Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

70s Italian pendant lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega made of Pulegoso Murano
Located in München, DE
Beautiful Italian pendant lamp from the 70s by Carlo Nason model LT338 for Mazzega. Made from Pulegoso Murano glass. Made in Italy. In very good condition. All parts still original. ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Space Age Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Space Age lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Space Age lighting for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage lighting created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include lighting, decorative objects, mirrors and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, glass and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Space Age lighting made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and Germany pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original lighting, popular names associated with this style include Mazzega Murano, Peill & Putzler, Kaiser Leuchten, and Staff Leuchten. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for lighting differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $111 and tops out at $39,124 while the average work can sell for $1,474.

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