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Elegant Mid-Century Modern Copper Ceiling Lamps or Flush Mounts, 1960s, Denmark
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Mid-Century Modern copper ceiling lamps. Designed and manufactured probably in 1960s, Denmark. Nine identical lamps available! Executed in copper sheet, each lamp come...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Copper

Floor Light Panthella by Verner Panton for Poulsen in Full Chrome
By Verner Panton
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Extremely rare chromed version of the Panthella floor light by Danish designer Verner Panton manufactured by Louis Poulsen. Originally marked 'Poulsen' on the base. The shape is oft...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel, Chrome

Danish Teak Sculptural Floor Lamp
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Fantastic Danish teak floor lamp with the original burlap shade. Mid-Century Modern / Scandinavian modern. Measures: 65.5 inches high, base is 10 inches round, shade is 16 inches rou...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Teak

Fog & Mørup Optima Floor Lamp with 2 Shades, 1960s, Denmark
By Hans Due, Fog & Mørup
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Danish iconic Minimalist modern floor lamp. Shades slide up and down anywhere on chrome pole and pivot in all direction. Well made and sturdy hardware. Height is 56 inches, ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Midcentury Scandinavian Modern Teak, Brass and Opaline Table Lamps, Set of 2
Located in Nümbrecht, NRW
These vintage midcentury table lamps were made in Sweden in the late 1950s. They have got a tripod brass and teak base and opaline glass lamp shades. Both lamps have been rewired wit...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Opal, Brass

Fog and Mørup Large Semi Pendel Pendant Lamp, Denmark, 1960s
By Torsten Thorup, Fog & Mørup
Located in London, GB
Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup designed semi Pendant. Manufactured by Fog and Mørup, Denmark, 1960s. Rare large version - diameter 70cm. In fair vintage condition with some scuffs...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Copper Svend Aage Holm Sorensen Pendant Lamp for Holm Sorensen and Company
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Den Haag, NL
Rare Svend Aage Holm Sorensen pendant lamp for Holm Sorensen and Company. Denmark. Adjustable in height.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Copper

Pair of Yellow Wall Lamps by Claus Bolby for Cebo Industri, 1960s
By Cebo Industri
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A pair of yellow handmade acrylic wall lamps. The sconces were designed by Claus Bolby and manufactured by his own company, Cebo industry. By experimenting, Bolby discovered a techni...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Pair of Blue Glass Wall Lamps in Designed by Holm Sørensen, 1960s
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A pair of glass wall lamps designed by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen for his own company, Holm Sørensen & Co. Beautifully designed with marine and dark blue colored glass, granting the la...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Danish Midcentury Modern Lamp
Located in London, GB
Stunning Danish Mid-Century table lamp. Svend Aage Holm Sorensen. Rewired.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Steel

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H 20.48 in. Dm 14.18 in.
Danish Modern Organic Form Teak Lamps by ESA Denmark
By ESA
Located in New York, NY
Pair of handcrafted organic form teak lamps with original woven lampshades. Bakelite sockets and light switches. Overall height 34.5 " lamp body measures 20.5" to top of socket. Sign...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Vintage Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Teak Table Lamp with Original Shade
By ESA
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This Classic sculptural teak table lamp by ESA is a statement piece for any room or decor. This Danish lamp features a counterweighted base to better support the tall form. The lamp ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Tall Danish Modern Turned Teak Lamp by ESA
By ESA
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1960s sculptural turned teak Danish lamp by ESA. Features a counterweighted base to better support the tall form. Retains the brass insert on the underside bearing the 'ESA, Made in ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Huge Pair Of Orange Drip Glaze Lamps Mid-century Modern Danish
By Sunset Lamps
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent huge pair of orange drip glaze lamps with light up bottoms. These amazing lamps retain their original huge drum shades with textured wool trim. The lamps make a huge st...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Lovely Pair of Brushed Brass Laurel Lamps Mid-century Danish Modern
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of mid-century modern brushed brass laurel lamps with walnut details.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Walnut

Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp
Located in Porto, PT
Danish Mid-Century Modern teak and brass floor lamp.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid Century Modern Table Lamp
By George Nelson
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Cylinder shape Danish modern table lamp.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Danish Modern, Sculpted Teak and Brass Table Lamp by Modeline
By Modeline Lamp Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very Unique and Large Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Teak and Brass Table Lamp with Original Woven Shade by Modeline.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Tall Pair of ESA Danish Modern Turned Solid Dark Teak Table Lamps, circa 1960
By ESA
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Large pair of Scandinavian Modern ESA attributed, deep brown tapered Dark Brown Teak Table Lamps. Featuring finely turned, smooth, bullet forms. 21 H to top of socket. Shades shown f...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
By ESA
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of solid teak lamps by Esa Møbelvaerk, Denmark, circa 1958. Lamps have been completely re-wired for safety, and new top of the line brass hardware added, as well as brand new bu...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
  • Pair of Turned Teak Lamps from Denmark
H 34 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Large Mid-Century Modern Danish Teak Table Lamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Large Mid-Century Modern teak Danish table lamp. Solid teak legs and stem. Original Bakelite bulb holder with on/off switch. Adjustable brass shade holder. A very elegant pie...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Large Single Danish Ceramic Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Green Mid-Century Modern pottery table lamp. Rewired with solid brass socket and cloth wire. It measures 35 in height to the finial and 29 1/2 in to the socket.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Table Lamps

Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Floor Lamp, Brass, 1960s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Danish Mid-Century Modern ceramic floor lamp, brass and fabric. Made in 1960s. Brand new high end screen.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Pair of ESA Denmark Turned Solid Teak Table Lamps, 1950s
By ESA
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Danish Modern ESA Denmark solid Turned Teak Bedside Lamps, Desk Lamps. Featuring rounded bowling pin bottle form. 18" H to top of socket. Natural. Smooth. Small footprint. M...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware lamp by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware lamp by Soholm Table lamp handmade of stoneware with ceramic glazing in tones of blue. Graphical pattern to the base of the lamp. Produce...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Danish Table Lamps
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of walnut with brass accent table lamps. Lamps operate by pulling the center piece of wood down which is connected to the socket via a chain which turns the lamp on and...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Danish Carved Sculptural Teak Table Lamp
Located in West Hartford, CT
Architectural Danish modern teak table lamp that looks like a sculpture. Great lines and scale, not too big, not too small, see dimensions below. Wired for US and in perfect working...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair Of Rosewood And Brass Tall Laurel Lamps Mid-century Danish
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome pair of tall rosewood veneer and brass Laurel lamps. The graining on the bases is quite lovely and the brass has a nice vintage patina.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Pottery Lamp with Sculptural Form
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Outstanding Mid-Century Modern glazed stoneware lamp. The lamp has an unusual sculptural design in the form of an elongated vessel with open slats along the lower portion. Beautifull...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Pottery, Wood

Mid-Century Danish Modern Bamboo and Lucite Table Lamp
Located in Bellport, NY
Mid-Century Danish Modern bamboo and Lucite table lamp, with a Lucite base and top and matching original finial. New oval shade, three way switch excellent condition.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Bamboo, Lucite

Mid-Century Danish Modern Teak & Brass Reading Floor Lamp
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Scandinavian Modern teak with brass reading floor with milk glass shade. Shade is adjustable.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Ceramic Table Lamp by Søholm Denmark, 1960s
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Aarhus C, DK
High stylish and sculptural Danish midcentury table lamp made of ceramic with glaze in blue and green colors. The lamp is made at the acknowledged pottery Søholm on Bornholm, circa ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Fabric

Turquoise Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Nils Kähler
By Nils Kähler, Herman August Kähler
Located in Berlin, DE
Turquoise Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Nils Kähler This circular table lamp was designed by Nils Kähler in the 1960s in Denmark and produced by the company HA Kähler. It ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Tall Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp by Soholm
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Berlin, DE
Tall Danish Mid-Century Modern ceramic table lamp by Soholm Table lamp made of stoneware with ceramic glazing in beautiful tones of bronw and green produced by Soholm Stentoj in D...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Danish Mid-century Modern Sculptural Ceramic Table Lamp by Søholm Denmark, 1960s
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Small stylish and sculptural Danish midcentury table lamp made of ceramic with glaze in blue and green colors. The lamp is made at the acknowledged pottery Søholm on Bornholm, circa...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Fabric, Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp Model 1058 by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp model 1058 by Soholm Stoneware table lamp with geometric pattern to its base produced in Denmark by Soholm. Beautiful ceramic glazing in tones...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Table Lamp by Desiree Stentoj
By Desiree
Located in Berlin, DE
- Ceramic table lamp produced by Danish company Desiree stentoj in the 1970s - Abstract graphic pattern to the front and back of the lamp base - Beautiful multicoloured glazing Re...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Danish Mid-Century Modern Solid Teak and Brass Table Lamp
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern solid teak and brass table lamp with a very elegant period design. 3 legged base in turned teak and with a brass upright. Rewired and topped wit...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Excellent Pair of Danish Modern Sculptural Walnut Lamps Mid-Century Modern
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of sculptural walnut globe lamps. Well designed walnut ribs surround a fluted handblown white glass globe. The lovely globes sit on top of brass cup shaped holders. The...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass, Walnut

Pair of Small Danish Mid-Century Modern Nightstand Table Lamps
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of small Danish Mid-Century Modern bedside table lamps.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Danish Mid-Century Modern Teak Table Lamp with ArtbyMaj Lampshade
Located in Søborg, DK
Danish Mid-Century Modern teak table lamp with a beautiful limited edition lampshade from ArtbyMaj. This solid teak lamp sits on 3 turned legs. It still has the original Bakelite bul...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern White Steel Floor Lamp by Danish Maker Frandsen
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Elegant floor lamp designed and made by Danish lamp specialist Frandsen. It consists of a round base on which three tubes have been mounted, carrying a two level shade. The way the...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Danish Rosewood Floor Lamp with Brass Details, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Mid-Century Modern rosewood floor lamp with brass details. Denmark the 1960s. Item comes without shade. Measures: Lamp base diameter 28 cm Height 140 cm to socket.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Pair Of Walnut And Brass Laurel Lamps With Original Shades Mid-century Danish
By Laurel Lamp Company
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful pair of walnut and brass laurel lamps with their original shades. This pair look amazing with the original linen shades with wooden applied diamonds.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Huge Squatty Drip Glaze Lamp Mid-century Danish Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Over the top gorgeous huge squatty lava drip glaze lamp. This is one gigantic colorful piece of art that is also a fabulous lamp! I love this piece so much i had to own one for mysel...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

V Shaped Mid-Century Modern Danish Teak and Brass Floor Lamps, 1960s
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Den Haag, NL
V shaped Mid-Century Modern Danish teak and brass floor lamps, 1960s. Adjustable in height and the lampshade is revolving in many positions. There are two exact the same lamps avail...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Handmade Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware table lamp by Soholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Handmade Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware table lamp by Soholm Table lamp made of stoneware with ceramic glazing in different tones of blue. Circular pattern to the base of ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Pair of Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamps by Soholm
By Søholm Stentøj
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Blue Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamps by Soholm Pair of ceramic table lamps with beautiful glazing in different blue tones produced by Danish company Soholm Stentoj. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Danish Modern Mobach Ceramic Vase Table Lamp
By Mobach
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Splendid Mid-Century Danish modern ceramic vase produced by Mobach in Utrecht. Features a hand-shaped cylinder form with a fantastic crackle glaze in an array of muted reds with teal...
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20th Century Dutch Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Magnificent Pair of Orange Oversized Squatty Danish Lava Drip Glaze Lamps Modern
By Sunset Lamps
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Over the top gorgeous pair of orange huge squatty lava drip glaze lamps. These are gigantic colorful pieces of art that are also a fabulous lamps! I love these lamps so much i had to...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair Large Sculptural Wooden Laurel Mid-Century Modern Lamp, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of gorgeous monumental wooden MCM Danish lamps by Laurel Lamp Company.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Danish Mid-Century Modern Solid Teak Table Lamp with an Artbymay Lamp Shade
Located in Søborg, DK
Vintage Danish Mid-Century Modern turned solid teak table lamp with a very elegant period design. Rewired and topped with a limited edition lampshade from ArtbyMaj in the manner of...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Red Metal Vintage Floor Lamp by Abo Randers, Denmark
By ABO Randers A/S
Located in Vienna, AT
A Mid-Century Modern red metal vintage floor lamp, which was designed and manufactured by Abo Randers circa 1970, Denmark. The bold red color feels fresh and the simple cute design ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal

Mid Century Pair Danish Brass Bouillotte Lamps
Located in Madrid, ES
A pair of boullitte lamps, in gold brass and metal lampshade, can be used both to place them on a table and to hang them on the wall as a wall lamp.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Abstract Sculptural Walnut Lamps Mid-century Danish Modern
By Heifetz
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazing pair of abstract sculptural walnut lamps. The solid walnut bases are sculpted by a master and are extremely well crafted. They look more like works of fine art than table l...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair Of Mid-century Modern Orange Drip Glazed Lamps Danish
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous pair of mid-century modern orange drip glaze lamps with XL original textured shades. These lamps are very large and colorful with their thick orange glaze dripped over a ma...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp
Located in Porto, PT
Mid-Century Modern desk lamp, red and white lacquered aluminium. Measures: Diameter 20 cm. H. 35 cm, D. 24 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

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H 13.78 in. W 7.88 in. D 9.45 in.
Danish Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Ellen Malmer for Royal Copenhagen
By Royal Copenhagen, Ellen Malmer
Located in Berlin, DE
This table lamp was produced by Royal Copenhagen in the 1960s. The beautiful flora pattern was designed by Danish artis Ellen Malmer. The lamp has a new shade.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Soholm Handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Lamp with Blue Ceramic Base
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
Soholm handmade Danish Mid-Century Modern stoneware lamp with blue ceramic base Table lamp handmade of stoneware with ceramic glazing in tones of blue. Graphical pattern to the base...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

Tall Danish Mid-Century Modern Green and Blue Table Lamp from Søholm
By Soholm Pottery
Located in Berlin, DE
This ceramic table lamp was produced by the Danish company Søholm. It has a green and blue colored glazing and a geometrically shaped pattern. The lamp has been rewired for European ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Stoneware, Ceramic

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Danish Mid Century Modern Lamps For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of Danish mid century modern lamps for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct Danish mid century modern lamps — often made from metal, ceramic and brass — can elevate any home. Find 2220 antique and vintage Danish mid century modern lamps at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 84 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of Danish mid century modern lamps available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Danish mid century modern lamps bearing Mid-Century Modern or Scandinavian Modern hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made Danish mid century modern lamps over the years, but those made by Louis Poulsen, Fog & Mørup and Poul Henningsen are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Danish Mid Century Modern Lamps?

Prices for Danish mid century modern lamps start at $1 and top out at $72,528 with the average selling for $1,288.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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.

Finding the Right Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.