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Italian Brass Sputnik Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
An incredible accent lamp that has a unique presence. It can sit in a variety of positions allowing the light source to point in almost any direction.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Black and Brass Sputnik Table Lamp, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This midcentury table lamp was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It has got an adjustable black lacquered lampshade and a brass goose neck lamp arm. The lamp has been rewired a...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Beige Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Chandelier in Stilnovo Style
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Very elegant Sputnik brass chandelier featuring 20 lights, 20 solid brass rods ending with beige Murano glass bowls and brass rodes ending with an arrow. White lacquered steel cones....
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

1980s Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Two-Tone of Violet Polyhedron Murano Glasses
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
Murano polyhedron glasses designed by Carlo Scarpa. Four colors all together: dark violet and violet with a touch of amber and pink. 16 E14 light bulbs. Approximate weight 70 Kg.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Impressive Emil Stejnar Brass and Glass Sputnik Snowball Chandelier
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Vienna, AT
Emil Stejnar snowball chandelier form 1960s, brass construction and gold colored socket covers accented with crystal flowers and beads. Eight E14 sockets.  
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Doria Twenty-Five-Globe Sputnik Chandelier
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite large-scale brass Sputnik chandelier with 25 blown seed glass globes by Doria. Stem can be cut to size. Chandelier body measures 21.5 inches tall. Rewired for use in the US...
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20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Butterflies
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with flying butterflies in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Half Sputnik Chandelier with Murano Glass Blue Flowers
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
This very unusual half Sputnik chandelier features a multitude of brass rods, some ending with brass balls and others ending with large blue flowers in Murano glass. All the rods ha...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Flower Sputnik Chandelier by Emile Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s Sputnik chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria. Made of brass and hand-cut-glass crystals. It has 17 sockets for E14 bulbs ,in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Stunning Kaiser Radial Sputnik Opal Glass Globes Chandelier, Germany, 1960s
By Kaiser Leuchten
Located in Aachen, DE
Stunning radial Sputnik chandelier with six opal glass globes by Kaiser Leuchten, Germany, 1960s. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. ...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Opal, Brass

Dandelion Sputnik Chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Austria, 1950s
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant snowball chandelier with enamel sputnik elements and crystal finals on a brass frame. Chandelier illuminates beautiful and gives a lot of light. Gem of the time. Designed by ...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass

Monumental Brass Sputnik or Urchin Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Very huge brass Sputnik or Urchin chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and is a real eyecatcher in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condition. 12 x E14 bu...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Design Chandelier
Located in Vilnius, LT
This Italian chandelier is made of clear Murano glass and brass base. Chandelier includes 29 pcs. Of E14 bulbs.
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20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Italian Midcentury Black and Brass Sputnik Sconces Wall Lights, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
These pretty wall lights were designed and manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. They are made of black lacquered metal and brass and have got adjustable lamp shades. Both lamps ha...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Metal

1 of 2 Huge Sputnik Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge mother of pearl colored Murano glass and brass Sputnik chandeliers. The chandeliers have a very impressing size and there are real eyecatchers in every room. The cha...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandeliers by Emil Stejnar
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and beautiful thirty-three-light "Snowball" chandeliers designed 1955 by Emil Stejnar for the Vienna Cafe "Ohne Pause Espresso" at Graben. "Der Graben" is one of the most famous...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Gorgeous Midcentury Sputnik Brass Chandelier Glass Shades Vintage German, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Very decorative and beautiful chandelier made of brass, fitted with six E27 sockets with cone-shaped glass shades of striped etched glass. Made in Germany in the 1950s. The Fixture r...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Rare Large Brass and Glass Sputnik Chandeliers by Emil Stejnar
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare and beautiful thirty-three-light "Snowball" chandeliers designed 1955 by Emil Stejnar for the Vienna Cafe "Ohne Pause Espresso" at Graben. "Der Graben" is one of the most famous...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Emil Stejnar Sputnik Chandeliers, Brass Crystal Glass, 1950s
By Emil Stejnar, Rupert Nikoll
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of (a set of two) outstanding 1950s Viennese Sputnik / blowball / snowball chandeliers / pendant lights by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, Vienna, Austria. Original vintage pi...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

1960 Germany Palwa Sputnik Wall Sconce Crystal & Brass by Ernst Palme
By Palme & Walter
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant sputnik crystal and brass wall light with eleven overlapping clear glass flowers. Designed by Ernst Palme. Manufactured by Palwa (Palme & Walter), Germany in the 1960s. Des...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Brass

Grand Sputnik Flush Ceiling Chandelier
By Arredoluce
Located in New York, NY
A large Italian flush light in the style of Arredoluce Monza. Twenty-one light sources.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Fantastic "Sputnik" Style Murano Chandelier
By Cenedese
Located in Bois-Colombes, FR
Very nice Murano glass Sputnik chandelier. Possibility of a second one. Price given for one.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Emil Stejnar Sputnik Sconces Wall Lights, Gilt Brass Crystal Glass, One of Three
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Graz, AT
One of three beautiful Viennese snowflake / blowball / sputnik wall lights designed by Emil Stejnar, Austria, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). Hig...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Gold Plate, Brass

Golden Sputnik Wall Sconce Glass & Brass by Motoko Ishii, Staff, Germany, 1970s
By Staff Leuchten, Motoko Ishii
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant golden brass and mirrored glass Sputnik wall light. The gold mirrored glass globes are screw mounted to the base. Designed by Motoko Ishii for Staff Lighting, Germany in the ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Blown Glass

Exceptional Huge Atomic or Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge Murano glass, metal and brass chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and they are real eyecatchers in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Brass

Large Handmade Venetian Glass Butterfly "Sputnik" Chandelier
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Very large Venetian handmade chandelier, inspired by 1950s “Sputnik” models, made with glass green and gold butterflies exploding from the centre. A truly spectacular piece of interi...
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20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Sputnik Spike Chandelier, Clear Prismatic Elements, Murano
By Kalmar Lighting
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Imposing Sputnik chandelier with spike prismatic shaped glass elements hold by a brushed brass rod. Murano glass pyramid in clear. Glass is shaped first on the bronzino and then pr...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Set of 3 "Sputnik Era" Wall Hooks String Style, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s set of 3 wall coat or clothes hooks. Nice addition to your room, entry hall or just for your collection of Design items. Made of metal and brass. Found at an esta...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets

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Metal, Brass

Spectacular Sputnik Chandelier with Snow Glass Balls, Doria, Germany, 1970s
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Aachen, DE
Rare spectacular Sputnik flush mount with glass snowballs designed by Doria, Germany, 1970s Stunning shape and great light effect. All glass balls are in good condition. It needs ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Midcentury Italian Multi-Color 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier by Arredoluce, 1950s
By Arredoluce
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This multi-color Sputnik chandelier was made in Italy in the 1950s and is attributed to Arredoluce, Monza.  It has got 12 bakelite bulb holders which request an E14 bulb each. The...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Twelve-Light Sputnik Chandelier in the Manner of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
This elegant Sputnik style chandelier was manufactured in Italy in the 1950s. It is made of brass and has got 12 black lacquered bakelite bulb holders. The brass lamp rod can be s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of Midcentury Sputnik Chandelier & Wall Lamps by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, 1960s
By AB Markaryd, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Munich, DE
Set of elegant Mid-Century Modern chandelier and wall lamps. Designed probably by Hans-Agne Jakobsson for Markaryd, Sweden in 1960s. Executed in massive brass. The chandelier needs ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large 'Sputnik' Chandeliers in Brass and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
'Sputnik' chandeliers, brass, glass, Austria, 1960s Round like a ball this 'Sputnik' chandelier consists out of a center sphere from which many rods with glass spheres at their en...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large 47 in. 'Sputnik' Chandelier in Brass and Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
'Sputnik' chandeliers, brass, glass, Austria, 1960s Round like a ball this 'Sputnik' chandelier consists out of a center sphere from which many rods with glass spheres at their en...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Unusual brass Sputnik chandelier with its long central stem and curved arms giving the illusion of a planet in movement.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
H 47.25 in. Dm 27.56 in.
Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent all brass 12-light Sputnik chandelier form the 1950s. In addition to the arms with bulbs there are 12 slightly shorter brass rods mixed in, giving this chandelier a very dy...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
  • Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
H 34.65 in. Dm 23.63 in.
Large Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sputnik chandelier, brass, opaline glass, Europe, 1970s. Large Sputnik chandelier with 17 opal spheres. Due the large amount of arms, the light of this chandelier is beautifully e...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Opal, Brass

  • Large Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Large Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Large Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Large Brass Sputnik Chandelier
H 82.68 in. Dm 44.89 in.
Italian Brass Sputnik Pendant, 1970s
Located in L'Escala, ES
Beautiful Italian brass sputnik pendant, circa 1970, four bulbs included, gold chrome and brass. In perfect vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Chrome

  • Italian Brass Sputnik Pendant, 1970s
  • Italian Brass Sputnik Pendant, 1970s
  • Italian Brass Sputnik Pendant, 1970s
  • Italian Brass Sputnik Pendant, 1970s
H 23.63 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Italian Midcentury Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in London, GB
A vibrant multicolored and brass sputnik chandelier, from the Italian midcentury period. The eight arms supported from a central sphere and each ending in a colored bulb holder. Rewi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Exceptional Huge Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Exceptional huge brass Sputnik chandelier. The chandelier has a very impressing size and is a real eyecatcher in every room. The chandelier is in excellent condition. 12 E27. To be ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

1960's Brass Sputnik Floor Lamp
Located in Hingham, MA
Unusual 1960's vintage sputnik floor lamp of all brass construction featuring a 28" high grand bouquet of ten arms in two lengths emanating from a 4" spherical cluster hub atop a 44"...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Stilnovo Brass Sputnik Sconces, 1950s
By Stilnovo
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tri-arm brass wall sconces by Stilnovo, Italy, 1950s.Candelabra style with three arms.  
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

  • Stilnovo Brass Sputnik Sconces, 1950s
  • Stilnovo Brass Sputnik Sconces, 1950s
  • Stilnovo Brass Sputnik Sconces, 1950s
  • Stilnovo Brass Sputnik Sconces, 1950s
H 15.36 in. W 7.09 in. D 4.73 in.
Stilnovo Style Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Stamford, CT
Brass "Sputnik" chandelier in the style of Stilnovo, twelve brass arms ending in alternating ivory and charcoal enameled sockets. Newly polished and rewired. Measure: Curre...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Black Brass Sputnik Atomic Table Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
A 1950s chic black brass Sputnik atomic lamp, newly wired. Can be sold without shade with a $75 deduction.
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Brass

Early Brass Sputnik Chandelier, Italy, 1950s
By Lumi
Located in New York, NY
Elegant brass Sputnik from the early 1950s. The central body is made from one cast piece showing the high level of craftsmanship. Possibly made by Lumi.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Twelve-Arm Brass Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
By Stilnovo, Hans Bergström
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful all brass sputnik chandelier from the 1950s attributed to Hans Bergström. Twelve arms in two lengths emanate from a brass centerpiece in firework manner. Each arm ends in a...
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Italian Brass Sputnik Chandelier Circa 2000
Located in Austin, TX
Italian brass Sputnik chandelier with multiple stems; each featuring an oblong gilt brass socket. The central sphere is brass as well and this fixture has been newly wired to fit US ...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Brass Sputnik Chandelier with Twenty Arms
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Brass Sputnik chandelier with twenty arms, arms enough to light up the room!
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Late 20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Huge Brass Sputnik Twelve-Light Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Berlin, DE
Elegant brass sputnik chandelier or pending lamp with twelve lights. The chandelier is made in the manner of Stillovo. 12x E 14 fittings. To be on the the safe side, the lamp should ...
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Vintage 1950s Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Italian Milk Glass and Brass Sputnik
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Italian milk glass and brass Sputnik chandelier. Customization is available in different sizes and finishes.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

Materials

Brass

Monumental Brass Sputnik or Urchin Chandelier
Located in Berlin, DE
Monumental and impressive brass Sputnik or urchin chandelier. The chandelier is a real eye catcher in every room and it´s in very good condition. 36 x E14. To be on the the safe side...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Vintage Chrome and Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Stamford, CT
Stunning and rare chrome and brass Sputnik chandelier, circa 1950s. Newly polished, rewired.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Brass Sputnik Chandelier with White Balls
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sputnik chandelier with 30-light encased in opaque white glass balls.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

14 Lights Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Elegant satin brass and painted black arm 14 lights sputnik chandelier.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers an...

Materials

Metal, Brass

36 Lights Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
Located in Cathedral City, CA
Large 36 light satin brass finish and black painted Sputnik chandelier.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers an...

Materials

Brass

  • 36 Lights Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
  • 36 Lights Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
  • 36 Lights Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
  • 36 Lights Brass Sputnik Light Fixture
H 20 in. W 57 in. D 57 in.
Pair of Brass Sputnik Table Lamps
By Beyond Gorgeosity
Located in Hingham, MA
One of my favorite lamps. I love the atomic mace-like sputnik starburst ball of spikes seeming to hover above the crisp round brass conical base. It is unclear who originally made it...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Inclused Glass Orb Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Spectacular brass sixty-one-arm Sputnik chandelier with inclused glass orbs and 30 light sockets. Overall height 51" as pictured. The fixture is made to order and height will be cust...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers an...

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modernist Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Eleven-light Sputnik chandelier shown in a brass finish, circa 1950.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Steel

1950s Black on Brass Sputnik Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage 1950's American Sputnik chandelier, probably by Lightolier, in solid brass but which has been enameled in matte black. I'm not sure if this was an optional finish available f...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Vintage Murano Glass and Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Dallas, TX
Stylish vintage Murano glass and brass sputnik chandelier. Great for modern decor and very unique! Makes a striking impact!
Category

20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

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Brass Sputnik For Sale on 1stDibs

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Finding the Right Chandeliers and Pendants for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.