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Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe 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.

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 American 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
Swedish Designer, Table Lamp, Stained Wood, Shell, Sweden, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp in stained wood with an adjustable shell diffuser. Designed and produced in Sweden, c. 1940s.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Shell, Wood

Josef Frank Table Lamp 'Tisch-Überall' Mod. 1092 by Kalmar, Brass Leather, 1950s
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A gorgeous and rare table lamp model 'Tisch-Überall' no. 1092 designed by Josef Frank in 1934 or earlier for Haus & Garten. The offered piece was manufactured by J.T. Kalmar, Vienna,...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Dynamite Lamp by Patricia Bustos Studio
Located in MADRID, MD
The dynamite lamp is the most emphatic of all. Hair, opal ball and a rattan circle that are held together by a brass band as if they were a cartridge of explosives. Pure gunpowder ab...
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2010s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Snoppy Lamp Green, by Achille Castigioni for Flos
Located in Valladolid, ES
Snoopy lamp for FLOS by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1967 Design piece, an icon of interior design and the midcentury world. This piece has become a design icon because it ...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Carrara Marble

Marco Zanuso Model 275 Table Lamp for Oluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Marco Zanuso Model 275 table lamp for Oluce. Executed in white metal and opal perspex diffuser, this is one of the most refined Minimalist Italian designs of the midcentury era. Orig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Table Lamp in Lacquered Brass and Glass, Italy 1950
Located in Catania, IT
Though Bruno Gatta (1904–76) founded Stilnovo way back in 1946, it is still one of the most instantly recognizable names in lighting. Gatta began his business in Milan, and, like man...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Table Lamp Attributed to Stilnovo
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Stilnovo table lamp with an incredible high shade. The gray and black base holds a newly high shade in beige fabric and pink velvet details. Measure: Base height: 32 cm.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

A Pair of Adjustable Brass Table Lamp by Staff Leuchten
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of brass table lamps with shades that adjust 180 degrees to aim the light in multiple directions. Made in Germany by Staff. Each lamp will take a 60 watt bulb.
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Large Gordon & Jane Martz Sgrafitto Lamp
Located in San Mateo, CA
Ceramic table lamp by Gordon & Jane Martz for Marshall Studios. This lamp has a flat brown glaze with incised designs. The glaze has a texture of very fine sand. This has the origina...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Japanese Bamboo Spokes Lantern Lamp
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful Japanese lantern-shaped table lamp. Made of thin bamboo spokes with a cylinder paper shade. Takes one standard size light E27 bulb. It has an organic feel and will provid...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo

Table Lamp Model GMA 700, Anonymous, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Table lamp model GMA 700, anonymous, Sweden, 1950s. Brass and leather. Measures: Height: 47 cm / 1' 6 1/2" Diameter: 36 cm / 1' 2".
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Rupert Nikoll Table Lamp with Fabric Shade, Vienna, Around 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
Rupert nikoll table lamp with fabric shade vienna around 1960s. Brass polished and stove enameled. The shade is replaced (new).
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Stilnovo D491, Italy, 1950's Desk Lamp, Marble and Brass, with Label
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Stilnovo, Italy, Desk lamp, 1950's, model D491 in enamelled black metal shade on articulating brass stem supported by marble base. Label to interior of shade. The shade articulates w...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Italian Midcentury Rostrato Crystal Glass Table Lamp in Barovier Toso Style 1950
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous hand-crafted table lamp made of crystal Murano glass in the rostrato technique in the Barovier & Toso style. The big and heavy glass base is of beautiful shiny crystal glas...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Brass

1950s Belgium Val Saint Lambert Purple Swirled Twisted Glass Lamp Base
Located in London, GB
1950s Belgium Val Saint Lambert purple and clear crystal glass twisted lamp base. The lamp base fades from a deep purple at the top to become clearer towards the base. The lamp base ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Brass

Pair of Mahogany Table Lamps
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Less is more as is with this impressive pair of table lamps, turned from a block of mahogany into these perfectly simple, elegant works of decorative art.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Mahogany

Sheaf of Wheat Gilt Metal Midcentury Table Lamps Mounted on Lucite Bases
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of gilt metal table lamps from the mid 20th century, depicting a sheaf of wheat on lucite bases. Created during the mid-century period, each of this pair of gilt metal table l...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

20th Century American Polished Brass Lightolier Table Lamp by Gerald Thurston
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A tall, vintage Mid-Century Modern American table lamp made of hand crafted polished brass, designed by Gerald Thurston and produced by Lightolier, in good condition. The desk light ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Italian Black Resin Table Lamp Elmetto by E.Martinelli for Martinelli Luce, 1976
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian black resin table lamp Elmetto by E.Martinelli for Martinelli Luce, 1976 Black resin table lamp Elmetto, with a conical base and an adjustable hemispherical diffuser with a ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

1980s Sinerpica Table Lamp by Michele de Lucchi
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage Sinerpica table lamp by Italian architect Michele de Lucchi for the Memphis movement in the early 1980s. De Lucchi was one of the co-founders of the postmodern design group M...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Danish Mid Century Round Ceramic Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Odense, DK
An mid 20th century round ceramic table lamp. Made in Denmark. Beautiful glaze that complementary the overall impression of this modern table lamp. Great vintage condition. Me...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

1970s Tramo Large Swivel Table Lamp, Spain
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Strurdy well made table lamp by Miguel Milá for Tramo. Prime quality material and thick solid hardware. Black bakelite ( not plastic ). Extremely agile it does move, slide...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair of Glass Table Lamps by Peil & Putzler, Germany, 1970s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Wonderful pair of midcentury mushroom table lamps by Peill & Putzler, Germany, 1970s. Made of a single piece of blown and cased glass. Manufacturer: Peill & Putzler Stunning gla...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Opal

Marcello Fantoni Signed Mid-Century Italian Raymor Glazed Ceramic Table Light
Located in Studio City, CA
Beautifully designed and textured yellow green glazed studio ceramic lamp by Italian ceramics master or designer Marcello Fantoni for Raymor. Very rare and hard to find style and col...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Table Lamp Italy 1950s
Located in Vienna, AT
Table lamp Italy 1950s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair Ebonised Wood and Brass Table Lamps, James Mont
Located in Hollywood, FL
With stylized Greek key motif, on a graduated base with brass accents.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Rattan and Birch Table Lamp, JT Kalmar 'attr.' 1950s
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This unusual rattan or wicker table lamp was designed and manufactured in Austria in the 1950s. It features a minimalist birch tripod base with a beehive shaped rattan lampshade in t...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Rattan, Birch

Pair of Patroclo Table Lamps by Gae Aulenti for Artemide
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Couple of "Patroclo" table lamps designed by Gae Aulenti for Artemide, Italy, 1975 The body of the two lamps is made in smoke blown glass, the diffuser is partially covered by an ir...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Roger Capron French Ceramic Table Lamp Octagon Shape Incised Decoration
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Capron French ceramic table lamp in octagon form with cream, gray ochre glaze and incised decoration. This form is rare and with an abstract decoration incised in the clay with...
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Heavy Full Brass Table Lamp by Gunther Lambert Collection, 1960s, Germany
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Heavy full brass Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Gunther Lambert Collection, 1960, Germany  Very high quality. Fully functional. Original cable and plug. This lamp is suitable ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Einar Johansen for Søholm Sculptural Table Lamp Blue Danish Midcentury, 1960s
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Sculptural table lamp by Einar Johansen for Søholm Stentøj, Denmark, circa 1960s. The sculptural shape and the shiny blue glaze with brown elements gives the lamp a very vivid expre...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Fabric

Vico Magistretti 'Atollo' Medium White Glass Table Lamp by Oluce
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977 Manufactured by Oluce, Italy. Designed in 1977 by Vico Magistretti, over the years, Atollo has become the archetype of the table l...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Opaline Glass

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce Table Lamp in Marble and Brushed Steel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, table lamp model ‘500’, marble, brushed steel, chrome-plated steel, mirrored glass, Italy, circa 1969 This unique table lamp is designed by Italian des...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Steel

Rare Vintage Fornasetti Sun and Moon Floor Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Italian floor lamp in gilt wood and metal with reverse painted depictions of the Sun and Moon, designed by Piero Fornasetti, manufactured by Antonangelli Illuminazione in Mil...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid Century Modern Stainless Table Lamps Robert Sonneman for Kovacs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple yet elegant pair of chrome barrel shaped table lamps by Robert Sonneman for George Kovacs. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Wiring is sound, shades included b...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Table Desk Lamp Leucos Murano Milk Glass Italian Design 1980s
Located in Palermo, IT
Wonderful and large table or desk lamp "ibis" model, produced by the Italian company Leucos between the end of the 70's and the beginning of the 80's. The lamp has a black enamelled ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Joe Colombo 'Domo' Brass Table Lamp by Karakter
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp designed by Joe Colombo in 1965. The Domo lamp was originally designed by Italian designer Joe Colombo in 1965. Back then he designed three lamps based on the same core...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Beautiful and Rare Large Mid-Century Modern Brass Table Lamp
Located in München, DE
Beautiful large Mid-Century Modern brass table lamp. The shade is steplessly adjustable. Very classy 1950s design. The lampshade has small holes, which looks great with the light s...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega Model LT323,Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Modern lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega Model LT323.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Contemporary Pair of Brass Murano Glass Sputnik Ring Lamps, Italy
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Pair of table or bedside brass lamps and Murano glass ring. Contemporary work from a small italian artisanal workshop. Demo shades non included. Measurements in description with d...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mathieu Matégot Black Baghdad Table Lamp by Atelier Matégot, France, 1960s
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Mathieu Matégot table lamp 'Baghdad' made in black painted perforated sheet metal and brass. Production Atelier Matégot, France '60s. Licterature: Patrick Favardin, Les décorate...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Sheet Metal

Bullicante Glass Table Lamp Attributed to Barovier & Toso
Located in Chicago, IL
A stunning lavender Murano glass table lamp attributed to Barovier & Toso. This lamp was handblown using the bullicante technique, in which several layers of controlled air bubbles a...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Big Violet Lamp by Romeo Rega, circa 1970
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Violet lamp - Romeo Réga Circa 1970 Stainless steel and plexiglass Totality with lampshade: H70xL40,5xP40,5cm Base : L24xP24cm.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Ceramic and Gilt Metal Sun Lamp by Pierre Casenove for Fondica, France, 1990s
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Tall Sun lamp in ceramic and gilt metal bronze style by Pierre Casenove for Fondica. Famous artist who have worked for the manufacture like Nicolas Dewael, Stéphane Galerneau, Mathia...
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Pair of Biomorphic Danish Teak Lamps by Ernst Henriksen
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of unusual Danish teak lamps by Ernst Henriksen, signed, circa 1960s. In very good condition with beautiful graining.  
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Pair of Table Lamps in Bone Marquetry and Brass
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Pair of handmade bone marquetry and brass. Ready for you to match with any lamp shades.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bone

Marta Perla Large Table Lamp 'Siro' Satin Gold by Oluce
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp "Siro" designed by Marta Perla in 2019. Table lamp giving indirect led light in metal. Matt black base, lens shaped reflector in painted satin bronze or satin gold glaze ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Atollo 239 Table Lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Atollo lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce, circa 1977. Designed by Magistretti in 1977, it was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1979. Early production with original textured matte ename...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

Midcentury Swedish Marble, Opaline & Brass Table Lamps, 1940s to 1950s, Set of 2
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This beautiful modernist set of table or bedside lamps was designed and manufactured in Sweden in the late 1940s to 1950s. The lights feature black marble bases, ball shaped ivory...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Brass

Table or Wall Lamp Vienna, 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Table lamp or wall lamp vienna 1950s Brass polished and stove enamelled Rare modell.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Walnut And Slate Table Lamp Laurel Lamp Co.
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Elegant and simple, walnut block with grey slate panels. Brass trimmings and a period sixties lampshade complete this beautiful lamp. Rewired and polished. Hgt. of lamp is 35in. to t...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Slate

Violet Lamp by Romeo Rega, Circa 1970
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Violet lamp - Romeo Réga Circa 1970 Stainless steel and plexiglass Totality with lampshade: H 68 x L 40,5 x P 40,5 cm Base: L 22 x P 22 cm.
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1970s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Rosenthal Studio Line Tulip Base Ceramic Table Lamp 1970 Germany
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
Vintage tulip base Ceramic table lamp by Rosenthal Germany from the Studio Line series. Space age, mid-century German vintage. Pleasant lighting through the shade. Marked at the bott...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Gio Ponti 'Bilia' Table Lamp in Brass for Fontana Arte
Located in Glendale, CA
Gio Ponti 'Bilia' table lamp in brass for Fontana Arte. Executed in a brushed brass metal frame with a mouth blown white glass diffuser, transparent cord with dimmer and plug. One of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Claudio Salocchi for Lumenform Table Lamp 'Tulpa'
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Claudio Salocchi for Lumenform, table lamp 'Tulpa", marble, chrome-plated steel, acrylic, Italy, 1971. Italian designer Claudio Salocchi based his 'Tulpa' lamp on a marble square....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Steel

Bill Curry Design Line Rare Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California design appears to be a custom or experimental design plastic cylinder shade enameled steel and walnut base with walnut switch original wiring and condition great for...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Wave Table Lamp by Peill & Putzler, 1970s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
The unique wave table lamp from Peill & Putzler. The lamp was designed by the Koch & Lowy team in Germany around the 1960s. The lampshade is made of transparent glass with an inte...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Kalmar 'Hase TL' Table Lamp of Brass & Leather
Located in Utrecht, NL
Table lamp model 'Hase TL' by Austrian Kalmar Lighting. The freestanding lamp 'Hase' from 1954 is another exemplar of the Wiener Werkbund. Using simple metal tubing and the basic ben...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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