Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 7

Pair of Table Lamps in Brushed Steel and Chrome by Nessen Studios

$775per set

About

Great and rare set of table lamps by Walter Von Nessen for Nessen Studios, circa 1950s brushed steel and chrome ring base, very good original condition double socket perfect working condition lampshades are not included, retains part of the paper label.

Details

  • Creator
    Nessen Studio (Maker),Walter Von Nessen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Diameter: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Art Deco (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    San Diego, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU936620997562

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $175 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: San Diego, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About Walter Von Nessen (Designer)

Art Deco industrial designer Walter von Nessen is best known for his glamorous Machine Age lighting designs and for his invention of the swing-arm lamp. Von Nessen was born in Germany, where he studied under Bruno Paul at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbeschule. After World War I, he worked for the architect Peter Behrens, in Berlin. He left in 1919 for Stockholm, where he designed furniture until emigrating with his wife, Margaretta, to the United States in 1923. In 1927, the couple opened Nessen Studios in Manhattan, designing and selling sleek, modern architectural lighting.


Art Deco was both novel and exciting in the late 1920s — as, indeed, was electricity itself — and Nessen Studios was at the forefront of the movement. Electric lighting designers at the time had no direct models to follow. The shapes and silhouettes of gas lamps, lanterns and chandeliers had been influenced by those of the kerosene-, oil- and candle-lit fixtures that preceded them, which in turn were informed by the fuels they used. Electric lighting required designs that accommodated essentials of the new technology, like cords and sockets. Von Nessen and his contemporaries thus had to create fixtures that addressed these challenges and looked modern without appearing overly mechanical.


Along with industrial-design visionaries of the period like Raymond Loewy, Gilbert Rohde and Donald Deskey, von Nessen crafted a style that was emblematic of the Machine Age. He produced lamps and home accessories from spun aluminum, with smooth surfaces that evoked the polished gleam of streamlined automobiles and airplanes. And he experimented with other popular materials of the era, such as Bakelite, chrome and fiberglass. His ingenious design for the now-ubiquitous swing-arm lamp earned him a reputation as an innovator.


Von Nessen’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, among other institutions. Designed to complement the luxurious interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s, still look fresh nearly a century later.

About the Seller
4.7 / 5
Located in San Diego, CA
Platinum Seller
This distinction is for experienced sellers who continually surpass customer expectations.
Established in 2000
1stDibs seller since 2012
946 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Pair of Minimalist Chrome Table Lamps by Nessen Studio
By Nessen Studio
Located in New York, NY
Category

Vintage 1960s American Minimalist

Materials

Chrome

Nessen Studio Chrome Leather Table Lamp, a Pair
By Nessen Studio
Located in Atlanta, GA
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern

Materials

Metal

Large Chromed Column Table Lamp By Nessen
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

Vintage 1950s American

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Modernist Reading Lamp by Nessen Studios
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Category

Vintage 1950s American

Materials

Brass

Table Lamps in Calacatta Marble and Brass by Nessen Lamps, Pair
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Stone

A Pair of Desk Lamps by Nessen in Nickel
By Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Category

Vintage 1970s American

Pair of Marble Table Lamps by Nessen Studio
By Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Metal

Pair of Tall Nessen Studios Chrome and Portoro Marble "Skyscraper" Table Lamps
By Nessen Studio
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Category

Vintage 1950s American International Style

Materials

Metal

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery