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Gerald Thurston Table Lamp for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston, Lightolier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gerald Thurston desk lamp for Lightolier. Made in USA in 1950s. Plastic and brass.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

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H 18.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 7 in.
1970s Sciolari 12-Arm Polished Chrome Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
A 12-arm chandelier in polished chrome by Gaetano Sciolari for Lightolier, USA, circa 1950. Wired for US; in very good condition. Takes 24 candelabra base bulbs, 40 watts max each....
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

1950s Atomic Lamp by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
By Gerald Thurston
Located in Pasadena, CA
This 1950s atomic lamp is constructed with three porcelain bulbs and brass rings, fittings and original finial. Original beautiful warm yellow finish. Measures: Shade is 18.0 height ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Gaetano Sciolari Cubic Italian Modern Chrome Lucite 13 Light Chandelier
By Lightolier, Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Cubic chandelier designed by Gaetano Sciolari and made in Italy for high quality lighting manufacturer, Lightolier. This chandelier consists of thirteen ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Unusual Vintage Chandelier by Lightolier, 1950s
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An interesting chandelier by Lightolier, circa 1950s. Perforated brass shade, glass reflector with Fresnel prism. Original canopy. Signed with a green label.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Lightolier Pacemaker Ceiling Light
By Lightolier
Located in Hingham, MA
Lightolier flying saucer ceiling light, suspended flush mount, brass and enameled curved glass with gold flecks. Takes up to 3 100 watt bulbs. Note pull-chain next to center lens. ...
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Vintage 1950s American Flush Mount

Italian Mid-Century Lightolier Style Brass Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Italian brass Mid-Century chandelier in the style of Lightolier. Professionally restored and rewired. Satin finish. Max.60W per socket.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Lightolier Adjustable Hanging Light
Located in New York, NY
A hanging fixture from Lightolier in copper with brass detailing. The underside of the shade is enameled white. The height is adjustable and the piece has a wooden handle at the bott...
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20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Midcentury Lightolier Cylinder Lamp
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Mid-Century Lightolier Cylinder Lamp "Floor up" lamp. Free shipping within the United States and Canada.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Glass Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Winter Park, FL
A large Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Lightolier. Reverse painted stripes in fuchsia and pale pink created to look like hand blown Murano glass. Original base and glass reflector....
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Lightolier Yellow Chandelier, Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier
Located in Fulton, CA
A canary yellow 5-light chandelier or pendant light by Lightolier. Can be installed as a pendant light with use of 8 foot chair or shortened to hang as a chandelier with desired dept...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Lightolier Mid-century 16-Arm Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century black enameled candelabra inspired chandelier by Lightolier with 16 candle stick arms. Traditionally designed and dressed in Classic black and white. In original conditio...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Domed Pendant Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A nice cleanly designed mid century domed pendant chandelier with matching metal concentric louvered shade which snaps in for easy bulb changing for the double light socket. Having p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Brass Floor Lamp Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Atlanta, GA
A very good looking mid century floor lamp made by Lightolier USA. It features a tapering brass column over a black enamel base, the original molded cellulose shade with removable pe...
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Vintage 1950s Floor Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Midcentury Lightolier Hurricane Chandelier
Located in Wilton, CT
Excellent condition eight-light brass hurricane chandelier with centre downlight. Very well made by Lightolier, and an excellent transitional element.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Sputnik Chandelier Light 6 Arms
By Lightolier
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Sputnik chandelier light 6 arms This is very nice smaller Lightolier Sputnik stainless steel and milk glass globes light fixture.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Signed Lightolier White Ceramic Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning and coveted white ceramic eight light chandelier by Lightolier. A true period piece with the rare white ceramic shades - eight in all. Wired for USA and in perfect working ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Sputnik 6-Light Chrome Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This stunning Mid-Century Modern 6-light Lightolier Sputnik chandelier features a sleek Space Age design, reflective chrome and six handsome white globes. When illuminated, the globe...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome, Metal

Lightolier Mid-Century Modern Metal Saucer Flush Mount Light
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern metal saucer flush mount designed by Lightolier. The piece is in great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Metal

Lightolier Mid-Century Modern Glass Brass & Iron Pendant Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous outdoor hanging light fixture from the mid fifties. Blown glass shade behind an iron wire cage like design. Easily parcel posted.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Sixteen-Light Spiral Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous black iron 16-light chandelier in a spiral form. Chandelier currently has incorrect shaped bulbs. Should have modern styled round bulbs will soon. Height of the chandelier i...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Alabaster Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1970s brass and alabaster chandelier by Lightolier made in Spain. The chain height can be adjusted.
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Vintage 1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Alabaster, Brass

Lightolier Black Enamel Sixteen-Light Mid-Century Light Fixture
By Lightolier
Located in St. Louis, MO
Black enameled light fixture with sixteen arm light fixture made by Lightolier, original enamel in excellent condition, measures 24" H from bottom to top of ring, 45" H to canopy, 24...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Matched Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brass Torchers by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair of modernist brass and metal torcheres. Retains original white perforated defusser, three-way light capability, unusual brass ball and flower petal design centers four twisted b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Mid Century Thurston for Lightolier Torchiere
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in New York, NY
Classic mid century torchiere floor lamp, designed by Gerald Thurston, for Lightolier. This stunning lamp features a black base from which emanate three rods that splay out and supp...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Brass with Cast Glass Shades Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant brass chandelier with thick and heavy cast glass shades. Six lights provide the illumination. Chandeliers present height is 30 inches but that can be altered by ad...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Lightolier Chrome Iron Hanging Candelabras
By Lightolier
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a beautiful pair of Lightolier Brutalist iron and chrome hanging candelabras. In excellent condition. The dimensions of each are 25" diameter x 27" height.  
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Candelabras

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Chrome, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier 6 Smoked Glass Globe Chrome Chandelier Fixture
By Lightolier
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a fantastic, chrome chandelier, with six smoked glass globes by Lightolier, circa 1970s. In very good condition. The dimensions are 20" diameter x 17" heigh...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Atomic Chrome and Glass Sputnik Style Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage sixteen light chrome and white glass shade chandelier by Lightolier. Fixture features a chrome frame with trumpet form arms, round glass shades and great Sputnik form. Chande...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Set of Three Lightolier Eyeball Track Lighting Fixtures Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic set of three signed Lightolier chrome eyeball track lighting fixtures. The track is not included-contemporary track work with these vintage light heads. We do have in total...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Lightolier Mid-Century Modern Chrome Sputnik Chandelier with Glass Shades
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Lightolier American Mid-Century Modern chrome Sputnik Space Age chandelier with glass dome shades, circa 1970's.
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Vintage 1970s American Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier 30 Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Mid-Century Modern lightolier 30 light sputnik chandelier, circa 1960s. Features 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central chrome nucleus. I...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Marvelous Lightolier 10 Cylinder Light Chandelier Flush Light Mid-Century Modern
By Lightolier
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Marvelous Lightolier 10 cylinder light chandelier with star shaped cut crystal globes. This wonderfully simple light fixture would be perfect for a midcentury inspired tall foyer or ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Set of Three Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted set of three matching Mid-Century Modern Lightolier thirty-light Sputnik chandeliers, circa 1960s. Feature 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Lightolier 1960s Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Atomic Chandelier 30 Glass Globes
By Lightolier
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted Mid-Century Modern Lightolier 30 light Sputnik chandelier, circa 1960s. Features 30 original glass globes on polished chrome spokes radiating from a central chrome nucleus. I...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Amazing Pair Of 1950's Lightolier Murano And Brass Sconces Mid-century
By Lightolier
Located in Pemberton, NJ
LOVELY PAIR OF 1950'S LIGHTOLIER MURANO AND BRASS SCONCES. THE REMOVABLE MURANO GLASS HAS A VERY TEXTURED INTERIOR SURFACE WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE 14KT GOLD DETAILS. THIS PAIR CAN BE H...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Tic Tac Toe Chandelier Light Fxture by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Lafayette, IN
Rare "Tic-Tac-Toe" light fixture by Sydney C. Dorner for the Lightolier custom division. Fixture features 12 bulbs, a tubular chrome "tic tac toe" grid, and square ceiling plate. A u...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Brass & Glass Pinwheel Three Bulb Vanity Light by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern three bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polishe...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Lightolier Pendant
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Lightolier Pendant brass, nickel and glass. Lightolier pendant having 4 lights on the top and 1 light in the center. A three way switch feature allows for center light on only, upper...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Nickel

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H 18 in. Dm 21 in.
Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
16-light chandelier by Lightolier.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

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H 28 in. Dm 24 in.
1950s Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount Light 18 Tube Clear Crystal by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
1950s Lightolier Mid-Century Modern flushmount light with 18 Murano style clear tube crystals. This can be seen at our 333 West 52nd St location in the Theater District West of Manha...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Crystal, Chrome

Lightolier Sconce
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single 1970s modern chrome and steel directional sconce by Lightolier of the USA. Single E26 medium based socket. Currently wired for use in the US. Lightbulb included with order. M...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel, Chrome

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H 8 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Mid-Century Modern Two Bulb Brass and Glass Pinwheel Vanity Sconce by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
This whimsical and refined Mid-Century Modern two bulb vanity light was realized in the United States by the esteemed maker Lightolier, circa 1970. It features a volumetric polished ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Lightolier Sconces 'Ivory'
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
2' classic mid-century American perforated cylindrical sconces by Lightolier. Single medium based socket per sconce. Shades pivot 360 degrees and up and down for superb directional u...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass

  • Lightolier Sconces 'Ivory'
  • Lightolier Sconces 'Ivory'
  • Lightolier Sconces 'Ivory'
  • Lightolier Sconces 'Ivory'
H 7.5 in. W 5 in. D 10 in.
Lightolier Starburst Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in South Charleston, WV
1955 by Lightolier, measures 12.5" x 36" diameter. A fresnel lens occupies the central hub surrounded by polished brass and radiant arms of hand made glass produced by Lightolier kno...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Lightolier Flush Mounts
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
2-elegant mid century American flush mounts by Lightolier from the 1960s. Lightly aged polished nickel finish and glass. Wired with 1-E26 medium based socket each fixture ready for u...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Nickel

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H 7 in. Dm 6 in.
Lightolier Pendant Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A Classic atomic stile, midcentury pendant light by Lightolier. Ceiling flush mount with glass diffuser and perforated brass shade. Perfect for a low ceiling or a small space. Measur...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount

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Brass

Set of Five Mid-Century, circa 1950s Gold Wall Sconces, Attributed to Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Set of five Mid-Century, circa 1950s gold wall sconces, attributed to Lightolier. New wiring
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Vintage 1950s Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Unusual Lightolier Pendant
By Lightolier
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A unusual Lightolier pendant in brass with porthole cut outs and perforated white metal shade.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

  • Unusual Lightolier Pendant
  • Unusual Lightolier Pendant
  • Unusual Lightolier Pendant
  • Unusual Lightolier Pendant
H 9.5 in. Dm 8 in.
Lightolier Directional Sconces
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Four (4) Amazing spherical/bowl shaped Directional sconces from Lightolier of the USA in steel and brass. Different levels of patinated finish on the surface of shades. Shades rotate...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass, Steel

  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
  • Lightolier Directional Sconces
H 7 in. W 7 in. D 8.5 in.
Custom Chandelier by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom chandelier by Lightolier. Manufactured in USA, circa 1970s. Polished aluminum. Wired for U.S. standards. We recommend sixty 3w maximum bulbs. Bulbs provided as a one time cour...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

  • Custom Chandelier by Lightolier
  • Custom Chandelier by Lightolier
  • Custom Chandelier by Lightolier
  • Custom Chandelier by Lightolier
H 12 in. W 36 in. D 60 in.
Five-Arm Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Chicago, IL
Lightolier chandelier with five painted steel tube arms that house nine bulbs.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

  • Five-Arm Lightolier Chandelier
  • Five-Arm Lightolier Chandelier
  • Five-Arm Lightolier Chandelier
  • Five-Arm Lightolier Chandelier
H 22 in. W 15 in. D 15 in.
Faceted Chrome Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in New York, NY
Modernist chrome hanging fixture by Lightolier (marked). This chandelier has eight triangular panels each 8" W at base. The fixture shows some cosmetic wear to the finish, specifical...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

French Styled Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A midcentury chandelier with six white globes sitting on wave like sinusoid- sphere brass metalwork with radiating hanging rods fusing at the top into a shaft of bronze. Retains the ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass, Bronze

Lightolier Acrylic Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American 1970s acrylic dome table lamp by Lightolier. Rewired with single E26 medium based socket. Currently wired for use in the US. Light bulb included in order. Measurements: He...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Lightolier Sputnik Starburst Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lightolier atomic sputnik contemporary line of fixtures.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Chrome

Nickel-Plated Lightolier Chandelier
By Lightolier
Located in North Miami, FL
Nickel-plated Lightolier chandelier from 1950s. With the pole height 40" made in Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Cubic Chandeliers by Lightolier
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Understated rectangular down light chandeliers by Lightolier comprised of a cluster of four brushed anodized copper colored aluminum shades, overall height is 36" and can be adj...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum

Cubic Chandeliers by Lightolier
H 10.5 in. W 10 in. D 10 in.
Lightolier White Globe Table Lamp
By Lightolier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Table lamp by Lightolier. Featuring six frosted glass globes by French glass works Vianne glass and a tulip stem base.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Wall Sconce Sculptural Shape, Gerald Thurston Lightolier
By Lightolier, Gerald Thurston
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration, a mid century Danish modern wall sconce with sculptural shape, Eames Era. Designed by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier Rewired, new electrical cord. Tested an...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Walnut

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Mid Century Lightolier For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the mid century lightolier you’re looking for. A mid century lightolier — often made from metal, brass and glass — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the mid century lightolier you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. A mid century lightolier made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — is very popular. A well-made mid century lightolier has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Lightolier, Gerald Thurston and Gaetano Sciolari are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Lightolier?

Prices for a mid century lightolier can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $20 and can go as high as $23,500, while the average can fetch as much as $1,999.

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.