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Mid-Century Modern gray wood veneer table lamp with brushed steel stand
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian Modern wood veneer side light is a small Mid-Century Modern table lamp used as a luxury light for bar or side table, alcove or bedside lighting. This organic modern...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Nickel

Brushed Steel Table Lamp by Laurel
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Boston, MA
This handsome table lamp by Laurel features a body of brushed steel stacked as a totem. The measurement below is to the top of the finial; the height to the top of the socket is 2...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Brushed Steel Table Lamp
Located in Hudson, NY
Simple yet chic design. The lamp base is composed of three curved sheets of steel. In the style of Maria Pergay and Michel Boyer, but designer unknown. Newly rewired for US electrici...
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Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

  • Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Brushed Steel Table Lamp
H 19.5 in. Dm 6.5 in.
Laurel Brushed Steel Table Lamp with Brazed Farrier Nail Appliques
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Laurel Lamp Company brushed steel column table lamp. Brazed farrier's nail abstract relief to the front and back in the manner of Silas Seandel. Sold sans shade.
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Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

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Steel

Brushed Steel Totem Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of midcentury brushed steel TOTEM form lamps. Lamps have been rewired for use in the USA.
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20th Century American Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Brushed Steel Totem Lamps
  • Brushed Steel Totem Lamps
  • Brushed Steel Totem Lamps
  • Brushed Steel Totem Lamps
H 33.5 in. Dm 6.25 in.
“Limoges” Porcelain and Brushed Steel Table Lamp
By Pierrick Brocart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Oyo lamp by Pierrick Brocart is a unique table lamp with a polished steel base and 4 shell shaped Limoges porcelain diffusers. The articulated mechanism which allows the arms to ...
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Early 2000s French Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

1950s Laquered Brushed Steel Table Lamp, USA
By Christian Dell, Apollo Electric Company, Kurt Versen
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Well made with prime quality material. Sturdy construction. Swivel head. Switch on base. Contain one regular E26 size socket rated at 60 watt.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Laurel Brushed Steel, Brass Cylinder Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of stylized bamboo lamps with a brushed steel cylinder body with contrasting brass bands. Rewired for use in the USA. Lamp body is 20.5
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Konsthantverk Uno Small Brushed Steel Table Lamp
By Konsthantverk Tyringe 1
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lamp model Uno small polished brass table lamp designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured usin...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Konsthantverk Uno Small Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Konsthantverk Uno Small Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Konsthantverk Uno Small Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Konsthantverk Uno Small Brushed Steel Table Lamp
H 15.36 in. W 4.93 in. D 4.93 in.
Konsthantverk Uno Medium Brushed Steel Table Lamp
By Konsthantverk Tyringe 1
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lamp model Uno medium polished brass table lamp designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are manufactured usi...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Konsthantverk Uno Medium Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Konsthantverk Uno Medium Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Konsthantverk Uno Medium Brushed Steel Table Lamp
  • Konsthantverk Uno Medium Brushed Steel Table Lamp
H 22.05 in. W 4.93 in. D 4.93 in.
Laurel Modernist Brushed Steel and Brass Lamps
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Modernist TOTEM style lamps with brushed steel bodies and polished brass accents and bases. Laurel Lighting Co., 1970s. Rewired for use in the USA, 100W bulbs.
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20th Century American Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Laurel Brushed Steel and Brass Lamp
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A vintage Laurel lamp in brushed steel and brass. it has been rewired and a new socket. The Lamp has age appropriate wear with some nicks and marks. The felted cardboard bottom doesn...
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20th Century American Table Lamps

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Metal

Stainless Brushed Steel Geometric Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Stainless brushed steel geometric table lamp with black square rectangular shade. Property from esteemed interior designer Juan Montoya. Juan Montoya is one of the most acclaimed ...
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20th Century Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Tall Mahogany and Brush Steel Table Lamp
Located in San Diego, CA
A beautiful and unique solid mahogany sculpted shape, table lamp with brushed steel accents, freshly rewired and polished the lamp shade its not included.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Midcentury Brushed Steel Laurel Table Lamp with Cast Brass Brutalist Motif
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Stamford, CT
Brushed steel Laurel table lamp with cast brass Brutalist motif with black drum shade. USA, 1960s. Pair available, priced individually.    
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Brushed steel table lamp by Philippe Barbier - France 1970's - Ipso Facto
By Maison Barbier
Located in New York, NY
Rare double spheres table lamp in brushed steel - Italian style switch excellent condition European socket and wiring
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Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

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Steel

Brushed Steel & Chrome Cylindrical Table Lamp
Located in Chicago, IL
Post modern brushed steel cylinder table lamp with chrome ring detail in the manner of Nessen . Brushed steel stem, brass socket and harp with brushed steel finial. Sold sans shade.
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Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair Laurel Lamp Co. Steel I Beam Table Lamps, 1960's
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Substantial pair Laurel Lamp Company Brushed and Black enameled Steel I Beam Table Lamps. Industrial. Architectural. Statement lighting.
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Vintage 1960s American Machine Age Table Lamps

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Steel, Steel, Nickel

Tall Studio Machinist Brushed Steel "Rocket" Table Lamp, 1950's
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Tall Studio Machined Aeronautic Brushed Steel Table Lamp. Featuring a Tripod rocket form on Tripod base. Original adjustable harp; shifts up and down 3 inches. Harp shown in upright ...
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Vintage 1950s American Machine Age Table Lamps

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Steel

Brushed Steel Cylinder Table Lamp After Nessen.
Located in Chicago, IL
Brushed steel cylinder table lamp with brushed steel base. Double socket illumination with top side three way switch. Attributed to Walter Von Nessen Lighting, NY. Diameter measureme...
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Vintage 1960s American Table Lamps

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Steel

Brushed Steel and Acrylic Shade Sculptural Table Lamp, circa 1970
Located in Geneva, CH
Brushed steel and acrylic shade sculptural table lamp, circa 1970s Attributed to Pierre Cardin.
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Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

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Steel

Laurel Brushed Steel Cylinder Lamps
By Laurel
Located in New York, NY
Modernist pair of brushed steel cylinder lamps accented with a polished steel base that wraps around the cylinder. Rewired for use in the USA, 100W max bulbs. Professionally polished...
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20th Century American Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Bertrand Balas, Lamp in Brushed Stainless Steel, 1970s
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Bertrand Balas pour Raak, attributed to. Lamp in brushed stainless steel composed of two half-spheres separated by a gutted central strip. Vertical elevated lampshade. Work realize...
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Vintage 1970s European Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Francoise See Large Brushed Steel Lamp
By Françoise See
Located in Brooklyn, NY
located in NY
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20th Century French Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Francoise See Large Brushed Steel Lamp
  • Francoise See Large Brushed Steel Lamp
  • Francoise See Large Brushed Steel Lamp
  • Francoise See Large Brushed Steel Lamp
H 31.25 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Paul Evans Brushed Aluminum and Polished Steel "Cityscape" Table Lamp, 1970's
By Paul Evans
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Large Cityscape Brushed Aluminum and Polished Steel Tower Table Lamp by Paul Evans. Featuring a rectangular form with Brushed Aluminum and Polished Steel vertical panels. 21H to top...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel, Nickel

Pair of Brushed Stainless Steel Lamps by Michel Boyer
By Michel Boyer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A beautiful pair of stainless steel lamps consisting of hand formed sections and assembled to create these sexy lamps. These lamps represent an era of French design well. The 1960s w...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Steel and Brass Cityscape Lamps by Laurel Lamp Company
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of squared brushed finish steel and brass plate table lamps manufactured by Laurel. Great cityscape style design, working, clean original condition. Height to top of socket meas...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Bishop Table Lamp in Brushed Brass, Blackened-Steel Shade and Ebony-Stained Oak
By John Sorensen-Jolink
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Inspired by the iconic Bishop’s hook cast-iron street lamps that illuminate New York City’s Williamsburg Bridge, this elegant table lamp is comprised of a blackened-steel hand-spun s...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Vintage Brushed Steel "Waterfall" Lamps by Pierre Cardin
By Pierre Cardin
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning pair of vintage brushed steel lamps designed by Pierre Cardin for Laurel Lamp Company in the United States, circa 1970s. These lamps have a fascinating design, they have a r...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Pair Adrian Pearsall Style Turned Walnut & Brushed Steel Candlestick Lamps
By Adrian Pearsall, Rude Osolnik
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Walnut & Brushed Steel Reading Table Lamps in the manner of Adrian Pearsall. 1950's. Featuring smooth solid Walnut hourglass form with Brushed Steel neck. Architectural. Am...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

1950s French Desk Lamp in Brushed Steel
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Jersey City, NJ
1950s desk lamp in brushed steel with a red enameled perforated top that rotates, made in France.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Wood and Brushed Steel Egg Lamp with Wooden Shade, circa 1970
By Philippe Barbier
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This very nice and rare egg table lamp is made of wood and brushed steel with a thin wooden shade. This is a beautiful French work, in the style of Philippe Barbier, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps

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Steel

Nessen Studios Brushed Steel Swing Arm & Cylinder Shade Desk Lamp, 1960's
By Nessen Studio
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Nessen Studios Brushed Steel Swing Arm Desk Lamp with extending and adjustable Cylinder Shade. This Classic Nessen design rarely seen in all Brushed Steel features a perforated swing...
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Vintage 1960s American Machine Age Table Lamps

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Steel

Revolve Table Lamp, Brushed Brass, Blue by Bert Frank
Located in Geneve, CH
Revolve table lamp - Brushed brass - Black by Bert Frank Dimensions: 46 x 46 x 60 cm Materials: Brass, steel Also Available in polished brass When Adam Yeats and Robbie Llewe...
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2010s British Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

French Brushed Stainless Steel Table Lamp by Francois See for Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Chicago, IL
A brushed chinois motif stainless steel table lamp designed by Francois see for Maison Jansen. 1970s interpretation of neoclassical design, with an Asian motif. Rewired for USA with ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Revolve Table Lamp, Brushed Brass, Green by Bert Frank
Located in Geneve, CH
Revolve table lamp - brushed brass - green by Bert Frank Dimensions: 46 x 46 x 60 cm Materials: Brass, Steel Also Available in polished brass When Adam Yeats and Robbie Llewe...
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2010s British Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Revolve Table Lamp, Brushed Brass, Oxblood by Bert Frank
Located in Geneve, CH
Revolve table lamp - Brushed brass - Oxblood by Bert Frank Dimensions: 46 x 46 x 60 cm Materials: Brass, steel Also available in polished brass When Adam Yeats and Robbie Lle...
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2010s British Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Large American Postmodern Brushed Steel and Polished Chrome Swing-Arm Desk Lamp
Located in Port Hope, ON
This impressive American Postmodern swing arm desk lamp has all the design features of the Machine Age but with a modern twist. It is executed in brushed steel and polished chrome an...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Brushed Steel and Brass Lamps with Reclining Shades by Guy Lefèvre
By Guy Lefevre
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This important pair of table lamps is made of brushed steel and brass. These lamps are very simple with pure lines, in the style of neoclassical pieces but with a modern look. The sh...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Danish Modern Brushed Stainless Table Lamp with White Linen Shade
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This mid sized brushed stainless steel table lamp with new white linen shade will add simple modern elegance to any room.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Nessen Teak and Steel Table Lamp
By Nessen Studio
Located in New York, NY
Classic modernist icon table lamp by Nessen Studios. This lamp has a solid teak vertical standard with brushed steel base. Working, clean, and original condition, shade not included....
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Vintage 1960s American International Style Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Nessen Teak and Steel Table Lamp
  • Nessen Teak and Steel Table Lamp
  • Nessen Teak and Steel Table Lamp
  • Nessen Teak and Steel Table Lamp
H 42 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Pair of Table Lamps with Helical Base in Brushed Steel by Jacques Charpentier
By Jacques Charpentier
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of table lamps with helical base in brushed steel by Jacques Charpentier, France, 1970s.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Serret Brushed Stain Nickel Table Lamp with Cypress Wood Shade
Located in Bend, OR
This cypress wood Serret is a small Mid-Century Modern table lamp used as a luxury light for bar or side table, alcove or bedside lighting. This modern lamp is customized with a vari...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel, Steel, Nickel

Belgo Chrome Table Light in Brushed Steel, Set of Two
By Belgo Chrome
Located in Antwerp, BE
Metropolitan glam table lights in brush steel with sculptural brass details such as the small feet on the bottom of the base and sphere on top, providing it with a modern appearance...
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Vintage 1970s European Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Pair 1960s Brushed Aluminum Table Or Console Lamps With Fabric Shades
Located in Maastricht, NL
A pair of 1960s brushed aluminum table or console lamps with fabric shades. The original shades are in a beautiful old pink and a perfect condition.
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Laurel Mushroom Shade Table Lamp by Bill Curry, 1960s
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in New York, NY
It doesn't get any more iconic than the Laurel Mushroom lamps. This particular lamp has the added appeal of the brushed steel base.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Tripp Table Lamp in Stainless Steel by PELLE
By Jean and Oliver Pelle
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Tripp lighting line combines the grounded stability of a strict geometric form with the radial energy of a spiral’s expansive movement. Crafted from minimal materials to creat...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Boldly-Scaled French Steel-Brushed Iron Campagna Urn Now Mounted as a Lamp
Located in San Francisco, CA
This large-scale iron lamp with its neoclassical form and lobed body; resting on a black wooden plinth.
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Table Lamps

Pair of American Mid-Century Lucite, Chrome and Steel Table Lamps
Located in Port Hope, ON
This pair of American Mid-Century table lamps feature disks of clear and burgundy Lucite around chrome shafts mounted to brushed steel bases. Each base is topped with an aluminum and...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel, Chrome

American Art Deco Chrome, Steel, Spelter & Black Accented Figurative Table Lamp
Located in Port Hope, ON
This impressive American Art Deco table lamp rests on a domed cushion base with a stepped short pillar all in polished chrome. This is capped with a black disk from which rises a bla...
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Table Lamps

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Steel, Steel, Chrome

Empire Style Bouillotte Table Lamp Maison Jansen Charles Gilt Brass Steel, 1970s
By Maison Charles, Maison Jansen
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
Beautiful floral Empire style gilt brass, brushed steel Maison Jansen or Maison Charles Bouillotte table lamp, Paris France around 1970s. The high quality and good-weight gilt brass,...
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Vintage 1970s French Empire Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Steel, Iron

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The silver satin effect is achieved by fine brushed steel, rendering an everyday object monumental - it is not merely an ambient table lamp but echoes the form of an Egyptian monolit...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The silver satin effect is achieved by fine brushed steel, rendering an everyday object monumental - it is not merely an ambient table lamp but echoes the form of an Egyptian monolit...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Steel Lamps by Romeo Rega
By Romeo Rega
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1970s pair of lamps in brushed steel, signed by Romeo Rega Italy Brand new shades Perfect condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

  • Pair of Steel Lamps by Romeo Rega
  • Pair of Steel Lamps by Romeo Rega
  • Pair of Steel Lamps by Romeo Rega
  • Pair of Steel Lamps by Romeo Rega
H 31.5 in. W 15.75 in. D 15.75 in.
Maison Charles "Vague" Table Lamp
By Maison Charles, Chrystiane Charles
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Super quality Maison Charles "Vague" lamp designed by Chrystiane Charles in the 1970s Ex Charles showroom model, circa 2015 in nearly new condition.
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2010s French Organic Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

  • Maison Charles "Vague" Table Lamp
  • Maison Charles "Vague" Table Lamp
  • Maison Charles "Vague" Table Lamp
  • Maison Charles "Vague" Table Lamp
H 25.99 in. W 14.57 in. D 14.97 in.
Vintage French Wheat Reed Mixed Metal Table Lamps
By Maison Charles
Located in East Hampton, NY
This lovely pair of brass and brushed steel table lamps boast the original matching shades (included). The wheat reeds atop an urn in mixed metals - 3 bulbs/sockets. Still wired with...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Pair of 20th Century German Postmodern Steel Lamps with Milk Glass Shades
Located in Middleburg, VA
Pair of 20th century Postmodern European lamps. A sleek and interesting addition to any room. Made of brushed steel with milk glass shades that have a slight pearlescent sheen. Germ...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

RAAK Table Lamps Monumental Sized Holland, 1972
By RAAK
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice and oversized table lamps designed and made by Raak Amsterdam, Holland, 1972. This amazing pair of lamps is made of brushed steel and aluminum and the bases have glass deta...
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

  • RAAK Table Lamps Monumental Sized Holland, 1972
  • RAAK Table Lamps Monumental Sized Holland, 1972
  • RAAK Table Lamps Monumental Sized Holland, 1972
  • RAAK Table Lamps Monumental Sized Holland, 1972
H 32.68 in. W 18.51 in. D 18.51 in.
"Corolle" Table Lamp by Maison Charles Designed by Jacques Charles
By Jacques Charles, Maison Charles, Charles Paris
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Corolle table lamp in brushed and stainless steel designed by Jacques Charles in the 1970s Ex Charles showroom model, circa 2010. Provenance: Maison Charles.
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Two Elmo Table Lamp by Columbini & Guzzetti
By Colombini & Guzzetti 1, Lamperti Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elmo Table Lamp by Columbini & Guzzetti designed and manufactured in Italy, 1973. Brushed steel, with large perforations, lacquered metal and plastic. Original cord. Takes one E27 1...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Metal, Steel

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Brushed Steel Table Lamp For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic brushed steel table lamp available at 1stDibs. Each brushed steel table lamp for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, steel and brass. Find 126 options for an antique or vintage brushed steel table lamp now, or shop our selection of 15 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect brushed steel table lamp — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A brushed steel table lamp made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. A well-made brushed steel table lamp has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Laurel Lamp Company, Wim Rietveld and Gispen are consistently popular.

How Much is a Brushed Steel Table Lamp?

Prices for a brushed steel table lamp start at $232 and top out at $14,400 with the average selling for $1,800.

Finding the Right Table Lamps for You

Perfect for lighting your nightstand or reading nook, table lamps play an integral role in styling an inviting room. A well-crafted antique or vintage table lamp does more than provide light; the right fixture-and-table combination can add a focal point or artistic element to any interior.

Proper table lamps have long been used for lighting our most intimate spaces. In the years before electricity, lamps used oil. Today, a rewired 19th-century vintage lamp can still provide a touch of elegance for a study.

After industrial milestones such as mass production took hold in the Victorian era, various design movements sought to bring craftsmanship and innovation back to this indispensable household item. Lighting designers during the Art Deco movement, originating in the glamorous roaring ’20s, sought to celebrate modern life by fusing modern metals with dark woods and dazzling colors in the fixtures of the era. The geometric shapes and gilded details of an Art Deco table lamp provide an air of luxury and sophistication that never goes out of style.

Some mid-century modern table lamps, particularly those created by the likes of Joe Colombo and the legendary lighting artisans at Fontana Arte, bear all the provocative hallmarks associated with Space Age design. Sculptural and versatile, the Louis Poulsen table lamps of that period were revolutionary for their time and still seem innovative today.

If you are looking for something more contemporary, industrial table lamps are demonstrative of a newly chic style that isn’t afraid to pay homage to the past. They look particularly at home in any rustic loft space amid exposed brick and steel beams.

Before you buy a desk lamp or table lamp, consider your lighting needs. The Snoopy lamp, designed in 1967, or any other “banker’s lamp” (shorthand for the Emeralite desk lamps patented by H.G. McFaddin and Company), provides light at a downward angle that is perfect for writing, while the Fontana table lamp and the beloved Grasshopper lamp by Greta Magnusson-Grossman each yield a soft and even glow. Some table lamps require lampshades to be bought separately.

Whether it’s a classic antique Tiffany table lamp or even a bold avant-garde fixture custom-made by a contemporary design firm, the right table lamp can completely transform a room. Find the right one for you on 1stDibs.