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Post-Modern Table Lamps

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
OBJ-01 Brass Floor Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 brass floor lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 122 x W 24 x D 12 cm Material: brass All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage converter is available for other countries. ...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Z Shaped Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A vintage Z table lamp in the style of Louis Kalff’s iconic mid-century modern designs for Phillips. Metal base that rests on a metal cross bar at one end of the Z while the other en...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

OBJ-01 Brass Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 brass table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: brass All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage converter is available for other countries. ...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Large Murano Glass and Italian Marble Table Lamps
Located in London, GB
A large pair of Post Modern Italian table lamps with conical Carrara marble bases, bronze mounts, fittings and large semi opaque Murano glass globe shades. Very good quality and dime...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Carrara Marble

Charme Table Lamp by Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Charme Table Lamp by Sander Bottinga Dimensions: H 73 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 possi...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Memphis Style Table Lamp, circa 1980
Located in Vienna, AT
Desk light from wood and glass-fiber, Italy post-modernism Very good condition, the wood was lacquered in white, blue and black, the glass-fiber dome shows no damages. One bulb w...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Chapman Vintage Faux Horn & Brass Lamps 'Pair'
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of tall table lamps by Chapman, featuring large, faux horns on brass stands; with brass caps and finials. A very refined look. Made in 1975, USA. Double sockets, newly rewired...
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1970s North American Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

"Moon" Italian Table Lamp by Samuel Parker for Slamp, Italy, 1980s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Midcentury Italian table lamp from 1980s, model "Moon". This Moon lamp was designed in the 1980s by Samuel Parker reflex for the Italian lamp maker "Slamp". This piece all made with...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Crystal Glass Standing Light 'Exhale' by Catie Newell
Located in Geneve, CH
Crystal glass standing light, exhale by Catie Newell, WDSTCK Studio Measures: Diameters 30 cm Materials: Crystal glass, stainless steel Exhale skillfully encases a single blow o...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Oceanic Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oceanic table lamp by Michele De Lucchi (Italy) Michele de Lucchi was arguably the most important designer of the Memphis Group, apart from the founder Ettore Sottsass himself. Th...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Postmodern Double Headed Desk Lamp by Roverto Maracatti for Zeus, Milano
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressive, Italian postmodern, black cast metal, double-headed, desk lamp by Roverto Maracatti for Zeus Milano features articulating heads that accept one Halogen bulb each.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Beautiful Filigree Teak Table Lamps by Pierluigi Cerri for Fontana Arte
Located in München, DE
Pair of rare filigree teak table lamps by Pierluigi Cerri for Fontana Arte model 'Sara'. Made in Italy. Made in the 1980s. Great postmodern Minimalist design. Entirely made of te...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Ettore Sottsass Halo Click 2 Table Lamp Black Philips 1988
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Nice ‘Halo Click 2’ table lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass and manufactured by Philips, Holland 1988. This rare dark grey table lamp was designed by Ettore Sottsass for the Dutch mar...
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1980s Dutch Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Alberto Donà Mid-Century Pair of Crystal Murano Glass Table Lamps Gold, 1992s
Located in Murano, Venezia
This definitely modern table lamp is part of the collection of the maestro Alberto Donà. Although the glass is very simple in crystal, the shape of the glass blocks is adorned by th...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Martine Bedin White Super Table Lamp w/ Colored Lamp Holders for Memphis Srl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A new, refreshed and updated version of the Classic blue super lamp with rubber wheels by early Memphis inceptor/memer Martine Bedin (France). Same scale and details but in this inst...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Fiberglass

Enrico Botta Table Lamp Plan for Sundown White Colour 1968
By Enrico Botta
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Enrico Botta table lamp 'Plan' in white plastic sheets. Sundown production, 1968, Italy. Literature: P.Palma e C. Vannicola, Italian lights 1960-1980, Alinea, Firenze, 2004, p. 60.
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1960s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Burnished Aluminum Task Table Lamp with Steel Base and Brass Arm
Located in Treadwell, NY
Collection I: Delta lamp A modern reinterpretation of the industrial work light, the delta lamp rotates 360° to focus subtle lighting where it is needed most. Dimensions: 16.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Eclectic Perspex Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lucite post-modern table lamp, Italy, 1970s A Custom designed shade of faux leaves and ostrich feathers make this lamp very fitting to the ugly cool design trend. Post-Modern circa 1...
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20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic, Acrylic, Fabric

Ara Table Lamp Philippe Starck for Flos
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Ara desk lamp designed by Philippe Starck for Flos. Electric plug is Type A. Usable with 100-120V, in the US.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

28t Color Table Lamp by Bocci
Located in Geneve, CH
28t Color Table Lamp by Bocci Dimensions: Diameter 16.5 x H 16.5 cm Materials: blown glass, black flexible cord with brass base and dial control Lamping: : 1.5w LED. Non-dimmable...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Steel, Nickel

Surge Table Lamp by Studio Lampent
Located in Geneve, CH
Surge table lamp by Studio Lampent Dimensions: D 35 x W 41 x H 17.5 cm Materials: Cast acrylic Weight: 2,5 kg. All our lamps can be wired according to each country. If sold to ...
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2010s Swedish Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Acrylic

Franck Yellow Table Lamp by Pierre-Axel Coulibeuf
Located in Geneve, CH
Franck yellow table lamp by Pierre-Axel Coulibeuf Dimensions: W40 x D40 x H78 cm Materials: straw marquetry, nickel Edition of 20 + 4AP The Franck lamp is available in a variety ...
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2010s American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Nickel

Postmodern Italian Table Lamp in Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Table lamp, opaline glass, aluminum, Italy, 1980s This aesthetically looking table lamp from Italian origin shows an interesting shape resembling a great wave of the ocean throug...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

38 Table Lamp by Bocci
Located in Geneve, CH
38 Table lamp by Bocci Dimensions: D7.5 x H22.9 cm Materials: diameter white polyurethane canopy. Weight: 2.5 kg Also Available in different dimensions and models. All our lam...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Other

Grua Lamp by Nomade Studio
Located in Geneve, CH
Grua Lamp by Nomade Studio Dimensions: D15 x W 62 x H50 cm Material: Brass,Walnut,Stone,Leather, LED Lighting Weight: 10 kg All our lamps can be wired according to each country...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stone, Brass

Calee XS Table Lamp by Pool
Located in Geneve, CH
Calee XS table lamp by Pool Dimensions: D22 X H42 cm Materials: Solid Brass, Polycarbonate, Textile cable (2m). Others finishes and dimensions are available. All our lamps can ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Ettore Sottsass Tahiti Table Lamp for Memphis Srl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The ultimate Sottsass table light!! Anthropomorphic (looks like a parrot)!! The head w/ lamp swivels up and down. His Sottsass-designed "Bacteriae" laminate on the base! An a...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Postmodern Glass Tile Lamp
Located in San Diego, CA
Original and unique table lamp, Postmodern in style (circa 1990s). Original piece that is minimal and modern. Bold in form and bright in color. This piece consists of an iron base th...
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1990s American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Sergio Orozco Steel Lamp for Brueton, 1980's
By Sergio Orozco
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Architectural design Brushed steel and nickle plating with dimmer light switch Great for a desk, console or bedroom Works great.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Super Table or Floor Lamp by Martine Bedin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Super table or floor lamp by Martine Bedin. Probably one of the cutest Memphis lights every, with rollable wheels, many a child over the years enjoyed this lamp as either a toy, ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Fiberglass, Rubber

Mario Bellini for Artemide Table Lamp Model 'Circo' in Metal and Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for Artemide, table lamp, lacquered metal, fabric, Italy, 1978. Quirky and quite unique, this 'circo' table lamp designed by Mario Bellini, is a true example of Bel...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Post Modern Memphis Sonneman Table Lamps for Kovacs
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of pewter toned metal table lamps with coned shades topped with patinaed brass finals matching the ball to the base and middle detail piece. Inside the shade is a frosted glas...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Natural Óseo, Mobile Lamp by Federico Stefanovich
Located in Geneve, CH
Natural Óseo - Mobile lamp by Federico Stefanovich Dimensions: 45 x 47 x H 45 cm Material: Solid inked oak wood with a high solid oil finish. Screens made of nitrocellulose coated ...
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2010s Mexican Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Murano Glass Mushroom Table Lamp by Vetri d‘Arte, Italy, 1970s
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Beautiful Italian table lamp by Vetri d‘Arte Murano. It has an extraordinary mushroom shape. Very good vintage condition. The lights requires one E27 light bulb. Very good vintage...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Italian Postmodern Table Lamp in Blue Metal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Table lamp, metal, Italy, 1970s This lamp is archetypical for post-war Italian design. The table lamp consists table lamp consists out of wide round shade which reminiscent of a u...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Memphis Style Metal Squiggle Table Lamp with Acrylic Dome Shade
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Memphis style gloss black metal table lamp with white acrylic dome shade. Fantastical form suggestive of a jellyfish. On off switch at base.
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Late 20th Century North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Ensemble of Three Floor Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three floor lamps - Sander Bottinga Light object - floor lamp - circle blue grey Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid w...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mario Bellini for Artemide 'Circo' Table Lamp in Metal and Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for Artemide, table lamp, lacquered metal, fabric, Italy, 1978. Quirky and quite unique, this small version of the 'circo' table lamp designed by Mario Bellini, is ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian 612 Model Desk or Table Lamp by Paolo Rizzatto for Arteluce, 1975
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This multifunctional desk or table lamp was designed in 1975 by Paolo Rizzatto for Arteluce. The lamp has a clamp to be attached to top and a contra weight at the end of the arm whic...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italian Contemporary Table Lamp in Green Marble and Steel
Located in Milano, IT
Contemporary table lamp from 2019 Italian production. The table lamp through its sculptural shapes create a geometric play to the object. Made with a central body in alps green marbl...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Steel

Studio Salvatori for Sormani Table Lamp in Plexiglass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Studio Salvatori, (G. Salvatori, A. Bazzini) for Sormani, table lamp, model 'Cartesio', metal, silkscreened plexiglass, Italy, 1971 Impressive table lamp, designed by Studio Salva...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Table Lamp in Murano Glass by Tommaso Barbi
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Elegant abat-jour table lamp in satin murano glass “a bolle” with brass details. The conical lampshade diffuses a beautiful indirect light that valorize the room. Label inside the ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Post-Modern Triangle Lamps, a Pair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic pair of vintage Post-Modern lamps. Chic arrangement of triangles make these lamps a real showstopper. Flax colored shades complete the dramatic look. Rest on black wood and...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite, Wood

OBJ-01 Steel Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 steel table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: hand-polished steel that is sealed with beeswax All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage conve...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair of Glass Mushroom Table Lamps, Italy, 1980s
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Pair of beautiful Italian table lamps. They have a extraordinary mushroom shape. Very good vintage condition. The lights require E14 light bulbs. Works with both 120/220 V. Very g...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Ingo Maurer Cork Lamp for Design M, Germany, 1974
Located in London, GB
The late Ingo Maurer (1932-2019), founder of design company Design M in Munich, designed intriguing lighting for over 40 years. His output is distinctive in form and concept. His des...
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1970s German Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Cork

Pair of Rare Large 1980s Table Lamps by Rodolfo Dordoni for Foscarini Murano
Located in München, DE
Pair of very rare large 1980s table lamps by Rodolfo Dordoni for Foscarini Murano. Model "Fruits Tavolo". Manufacturer Foscarini. Made in Italy. Typical postmodern minimalistic desi...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Domec Luminaires Milk Glass Egg-Shaped Table Light, France, 1985
By Domec Luminaires
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Verrerie de Vianne egg shaped table light in milk glass. In good working condition with EU plug.
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1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Milk Glass

Metropolis Brass Table Lamp, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Metropolis brass table lamp by Jan Garncarek Dimensions: 81 x 52 x 25 cm Material: Brass Handcrafted by Jan Garncarek. Signed Jan Garncarek is an important contemporary designer, g...
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2010s German Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Jo Niemeyer Belux Tubo 01 Table Lamp Switzerland 1984
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice minimalist table lamp model Tubo 01 designed by Jo Niemeyer and manufactured by Belux, Switzerland 1984. This adjustable table lamp is made of a chrome plated metal tube wi...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Postmodern Veneta Lumi Desk Task Table Lamp, Italy, 1990s
Located in Rome, IT
Postmodern colored desk task table lamp by Veneta Lumi, Italy, 1990s.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Colorful Crystal Table Lamp, Hand-Sculpted Contemporary Crystal
Located in Geneve, CH
Colorful crystal table lamp, hand-sculpted contemporary crystal Hand-sculpted in crystal Measures: Height 72 cm Width 30 cm Weight: 3.5 kg Material: Fine hand cut crystal and br...
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2010s Danish Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Ensemble of Three Floor Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three floor lamps - Sander Bottinga Light object - floor lamp - circle blue grey Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid w...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Postmodern Red White Plastic Vintage Table Lamp 1980s
Located in Vienna, AT
Postmodern vintage table lamp from plastic in red and white color tones, 1980s. The table lamp shows a signature with the initials HG, probably the initials of the artist. The upper...
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1980s Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Andrea Bellosi Arc En Ciel Rainbow Table Lamp, 1980, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Iconic arc-en-ciel by Andrea Bellosi for Studio Alchemia , Italy circa 1980 Rare original projector light from white marble, metal and prismatic glass. It projects a rainbow in mult...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Marble

Pair of Black and Gold Table Lamps
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1980s table lamps with high gloss black ceramic bases and gold brass accents. No shades included.
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1980s Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

"Nastro" Table Lamps by Alberto Fraser for Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Nastro" Lamp designed by Alberto Fraser for Stilnovo, introduced in 1983 The flexible multicolored pvc stem contains both structural and electrical elements. It can be positioned/b...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal