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Holmegaard Dual Drop Pendant Light, Midcentury Danish
By Holmegaard
Located in London, GB
Midcentury Danish Holmegaard glass Dual drop pendant light. The two glass cones hang from a polished hardwood yoke. Fully rewired. Height/drop adjustable but currently approx 60cm. T...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Hardwood

Ceiling Pendant 'Poppy' by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen, 1970s
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Oslo, NO
Well made and decorative ceiling pendant in patinated brass. This is model 'Poppy'. Designed by Svend Aage Holm and made in Denmark by Holm Sørensen from circa 1970s second half. The...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960s Danish Palisander/Glass Pendant Light
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use - Fully functional.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Rosewood

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

Svend Aage Holm Sorensen Pendant Lamp in Copper 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

Spun Aluminum Mid Century Chandelier with Concentric Rings
By Fog & Mørup
Located in New York, NY
Modernist spun aluminium fixture, probably Danish in origin, this chandelier shows cosmetic wear, and the plastic ceiling canopy has damage. Working, original condition, accepts stan...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Midcentury Danish Chandelier with Opaline Glass Shades
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction with matte opaline glass shades. Designed in Denmark in the 1950s. Measures: Ø 60cm. Age-related wear and tear occurs.  
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Danish Chandelier, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
5-flamming Danish chandelier Rewired: two separate circuits - 3+3x40W, E14 bulbs US wiring compatible.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Danish Chandelier, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Danish Chandelier, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Danish Chandelier, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Danish Chandelier, 1960s
H 21.66 in. Dm 23.63 in.
Mid-Century Danish Teak and Glass Chandelier
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century Danish teak and pressed glass chandelier with black and brass details. The Sockets are European candelabra bases and require adapters or European bulbs. In original condi...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Danish Teak and Glass Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Danish Teak and Glass Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Danish Teak and Glass Chandelier
  • Mid-Century Danish Teak and Glass Chandelier
H 32.63 in. W 15.88 in. D 27.38 in.
Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandelier in Teak and Brass
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage mid-century chandelier with five light radial design. Features teak wood stem with brass arms, and fitted with modernist hurricane glass in smokey amber tone. Adjustable cha...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Glass and Brass Chandeliers by Vitrika
By Fåglavik, Vitrika
Located in Vordingborg, DK
A pair of stunning glass and brass chandeliers by Danish Vitrika in collaboration with Swedish glass manufactory Fåglavik. The chandeliers have been cleaned and polished. The brass h...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Danish Modern, Five-Light Champagne Chandelier
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Walnut brass & glass mid century modern light fixture.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Danish Rosewood, Brass and Glass Spider Chandelier, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This Mid-Century Modern chandelier was manufactured in Denmark during the late 1950s in a style inspired by French and Italian Modernism. The piece features five pointed brass 'arms'...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Stamped Brass Brutalist Chandelier by Sorensen Denmark 1960s
By Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
Located in Dallas, TX
Brutalist style Vintage chandelier, made in oxidized brass, stamped: Holm Sorensen in the canopy, Denmark, 1960s Danish designer Svend Aage Holm Sørensen (1913-2004) is known for hi...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Danish Fixture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Danish fixture; newly wired with six candelabra sockets, each socket can take a 75 watt bulb.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Danish Fixture
  • Mid-Century Danish Fixture
  • Mid-Century Danish Fixture
  • Mid-Century Danish Fixture
H 25.5 in. W 35 in. D 16 in.
Danish Mid-Century Glass Chandelier by Vitrika in Collaboration with Orrefors
By Vitrika, Orrefors
Located in Haderslev, DK
Stunning glass chandelier by Danish Vitrika in collaboration with swedish glass manufactor Orrefors. This chandelier is of a high built quality as you would expect from a danish l...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Pendant, Denmark, 1960s
By Vitrika
Located in Praha, CZ
- very beautiful style of lighting - rare type.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Mid Century Pendant, Denmark, 1970s
By Jo Hammerborg, RAAK, Fog & Mørup
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very nice style of lighting - Rare type.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Copper

Mid Century Pendant, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very nice style of lighting - Rare type.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid Century Pendant, Denmark, 1970s.
By Jo Hammerborg
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting - rare type
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Oxidized Brass Brutalist Chandelier by Sorensen Denmark 1960s
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern Brutalist chandelier, made in oxidized brass, stamped: Holm Sorensen in the canopy. Denmark, 1960s 1 E27 light medium base socket. Diameter:18.8 inch. Height...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Copper

Mid Century Pendant, Denmark, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Praha, CZ
- very nice style of lighting - rare type.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Danish Mid Century Modern Light Fixture Chandelier 5 Frosted Glass Shades
By Paul McCobb, Robert Sonneman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Danish mid-century modern style five-arm light fixture.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Pendant, 1970s
By Jo Hammerborg
Located in Praha, CZ
Scandinavian pendant in red and brass color. 1x75W E25-E27 bulb US wiring compatible max height 160cm.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Danish Mid-Century Pendant, 1970s
  • Danish Mid-Century Pendant, 1970s
  • Danish Mid-Century Pendant, 1970s
  • Danish Mid-Century Pendant, 1970s
H 11.82 in. Dm 11.03 in.
Mid-Century Danish Aluminum Conical Pendant
Located in New York City, NY
Mid-century Danish aluminum conical pendant light. The aluminum, cone-shaped part of this pendant has a sleek break so that light reflects off of the black band as well as through...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid Century Modern Copper Black Vintage Chandelier Jo Hammerborg Denmark 1960s
By Jo Hammerborg
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid century modern era copper and black lacquered pair of pendants or chandeliers with name Eiffel. Design by Jo Hammerborg Denmark, 1960s and executed by Fog & Mørup and feature gre...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Danish Mid-Century Modern White Plastic Chandelier Mod. Room Light, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Danish Mid-Century Modern white plastic chandelier mod. Room Light, 1960s White plastic Room Light model chandelier of Danish production. Lampshade composed of a concentric interlo...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Mid-century Pendant Vitrika,Denmark, 1970’s.
By Vitrika
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Denmark Made of plastic,lacquered metal New cabling Maximal height 112cm 3x E27 or E26 socket With aged patina Re-polished Fully functional Original condition.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid-century Pendant Vitrika,Denmark, 1970’s.
  • Mid-century Pendant Vitrika,Denmark, 1970’s.
  • Mid-century Pendant Vitrika,Denmark, 1970’s.
  • Mid-century Pendant Vitrika,Denmark, 1970’s.
H 40.16 in. W 23.63 in. D 7.09 in.
Mid-Century Pendant Vitrika, Denmark, 1970’s
By Vitrika
Located in Praha, CZ
Made in Denmark Made of plastic, lacquered metal New cabling Maximal height 112cm 1x E27 or E26 socket With Aged patina Re-polished Fully functional Original condition.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Mid-Century Pendant Vitrika, Denmark, 1970’s
  • Mid-Century Pendant Vitrika, Denmark, 1970’s
  • Mid-Century Pendant Vitrika, Denmark, 1970’s
  • Mid-Century Pendant Vitrika, Denmark, 1970’s
H 27.56 in. W 7.09 in. D 7.09 in.
Danish Mid-Century Modern White Plastic Chandelier Mod. Big Lily, 1960s
Located in MIlano, IT
Danish Mid-Century Modern white plastic chandelier mod. Big Lily, 1960s White plastic chandelier Big Lily model, made in Denmark. Lampshade is composed by a concentric interlocking...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Mid-Century Modern Verner Panton Chandelier
By Verner Panton
Located in Mount Pleasant, SC
An impressive silver disk chandelier/pendant light designed by Verner Panton for the Swiss manufacturer J. Luber Ag. An original vintage piece manufactured in midcentury, (the 1960s-...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

1970s Danish Chandelier
Located in Cathedral City, CA
1970s Danish three-light chandelier in the style of Verner Panton Made of opal acrylic.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

  • 1970s Danish Chandelier
  • 1970s Danish Chandelier
  • 1970s Danish Chandelier
  • 1970s Danish Chandelier
H 43 in. Dm 13 in.
Mid-Century Modern Chrome Ceiling Lamp Danish Teak Style Pendant Wood Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish teak wood and chrome sputnik ice glass chandelier, 1960s Measures: Diameter:24 in/ 60 cm Height: 35 in / 90 cm Glass shades 6 in (15 cm) / 5 in (12 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Chrome Ceiling Lamp/Danish Teak Style Pendant Wood Chandelier
Located in Coimbra, PT
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Danish teak wood and chrome sputnik ice glass chandelier, 1960s Measures: Diameter 24 in/ 60 cm Height 35 in / 90 cm Glass shades 6 in (15 cm) / 5 in (12 c...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid Century Ceramic Hanging Jeweled Fixture, Denmark
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A circa 1970's glazed ceramic light fixture with spikes and recessed orange glass "jewels". Shade measures approximately 14" in diameter and 9.5" high. There is approximately 8 feet ...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic

Danish Midcentury Chandelier
Located in London, GB
Danish triple head chandelier pendant light. Circa 1960. Brass, cut glass and teak.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Danish Midcentury Chandelier
  • Danish Midcentury Chandelier
  • Danish Midcentury Chandelier
  • Danish Midcentury Chandelier
H 27.96 in. Dm 20.48 in.
Danish Mid-century Modern Chandelier in Brass 1950s in the Style of Paavo Tynell
By Paavo Tynell, Th. Valentiner
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Mid-Century Modern counter weight brass chandelier with adjustable height designed by Danish Th. Valentiner in the style of Paavo Tynell. Innerside of shade with new white lacquer...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Antique danish chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
remember we have over three thousand antique sconces and over one thousand antique lights, we can not put everything on 1stdibs, if you need a specific pair of sconces or lights, ask...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Antique danish chandelier
H 24 in. W 26 in. D 26 in.
Danish Style Mid-Century Walnut Cylinder Pendant
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Danish style Mid-Century walnut cylinder pendant with fabric shade and brass hanging rod. This piece is a perfect compliment to a modernist home with its simple lines, elegant stance...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid Century Danish Ceramic Pendant
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3-597 Danish ceramic pendant with slits and silver leaf Rewired Take one 100 watt edison based bulb canopy and chain supplied.
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Vintage 1950s Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic

Danish Mid-Century Modern Copper colored Pendant light
Located in Berlin, DE
Danish Mid-Century Modern Copper colored Pendant light This pendant light consists of two-cone shaped lamp shades made from copper plated aluminium. A piece of wood keeps the two la...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Adjustable Danish Brass Pendant by Lyfa
By Lyfa
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass pendants designed by Frits Schlegel and produced by Lyfa in the mid-1960s. Brass mounting bracket with adjustable height. Model P 295. Measures: H. 27 cm. Ø 44 cm. Two piece...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Brass and Glass Mid-Century Danish Fixture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century fixture; newly rewired with nine candelabra sockets.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Sleek Mid-Century Danish Pendant By Fog & Mørup
By Fog & Mørup, Hans Due
Located in Brooklyn, NY
White enameled saucer style hanging lamp from Denmark. Streamlined "UFO" design by Hans Due, with center diffuser trim. Height to canopy-19" (Please confirm item location - NY ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Attr. KBH Belysning Danish Mid-Century Enameled Pendant Light
By Belysning
Located in Norwalk, CT
A fun, brightly colored Danish mid-century pendant light attributed to KBH Belysning.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Enamel

Danish Mid Century Tivoli Garden Pendant by Louis Weisdorf
By Louis Weisdorf
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
The "Conch" fixture or as we say in Danish "Konkylie" light fixture was made for Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen by Louis Weisdorf in 1964. Produced by Lyfa in collaboration with the Ber...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Mid-Century Danish Rosewood, Metal and Glass Dual Pendant
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Danish modern double pendant features by aluminium and is suspended by a sculpted piece of solid rosewood. Two lovely hammered glass. The length of the pendants can be adjusted.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Mid Century Red Glass Cylinder Pendant Lamp, Denmark, 1960s
Located in Hamburg, DE
Beautiful Danish pendant lamp from the 190s. The lamp is made of wine red glass and coated with orange from the inside. When lit, its hue changes to a rich red. A beautiful lamp for ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Danish Mid-Century Teak and Glass Ceiling Lamp, 1960s
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Triple glass shade suspention lamp with teak stretcher. Rewired and new canopy. Height can be adjusted. Light source: E27 Edison screw fitting max 60W. Measures as shown: Heig...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Lighted Planter Pendant by Lyskaer, 1970s, Denmark
By Lyskaer
Located in San Antonio, TX
Mid-Century Modern lighted planter pendant is made of copper-plated aluminum with white enamel on the inside consists of two halves and is hung together by three steel rods. The elec...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Copper

Beautiful Danish Large Midcentury Chandelier
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass frame with opaline glass shades cone form, made in Denmark in the late 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Danish Mid-Century Pendant / Ceiling Fixture by Lyfa
By Lyfa
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern copper ceiling pendant / fixture suspended from adjustable cord. The fixture is composed of concentric rings of copper metal that are designed to reflect light ou...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Mid Century Danish Red Painted Wood Pendant
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3-596 Danish wood pendant painted red with fiberglass diffuser Takes one 60 watt edison based bulb Rewired.  
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Vintage 1950s Chandeliers and Pendants

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Fiberglass, Hardwood

Danish Green Mid Century Dome Pendant with White Cord, c. 1960
By Fog & Mørup
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Danish Green mid century dome pendant with white cord, c. 1960 Tole, enamel Measures: Height: 9 Diameter. 9 in. ?.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Danish Mid-Century Modern Pendant Light Fixture with Teak Frame
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice vintage Danish mid century modern teak light fixture.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Mid-Century Danish Modern Copper Cone Pendant Ceiling Lamp, 1950s
Located in Miami, FL
Midcentury Danish / Scandinavian Modern copper pendant lamp with nice patina for age, circa 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

1960 Denmark Mid-Century Modern Copper Pendant Lamp
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Elegant Danish mid century modern copper pendant lamp on an aluminium frame. Manufactured in Denmark in the 1960s. Measures: diameter 11.8", height 23.6" in. Lighting: takes one l...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Large Holm Sorensen Danish Mid-Century Brutalist Brass Pendant, 1960s
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Danish Mid Century Modern Brutalist pendant consisting of three panels of acid treated and torch cut brass, Holm Sørensen's signature processing method to accentuate the nuances and ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Danish Midcentury Copper Pendant Chandelier Light
Located in London, GB
A unique handcrafted midcentury Danish pendant chandelier light. Constructed from copper with a curved copper yoke which suspends 3 copper cylinders. These can be graduated drop or l...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

  • Danish Midcentury Copper Pendant Chandelier Light
  • Danish Midcentury Copper Pendant Chandelier Light
  • Danish Midcentury Copper Pendant Chandelier Light
  • Danish Midcentury Copper Pendant Chandelier Light
H 51.19 in. W 27.56 in. D 10.63 in.
Danish Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Pendant by Holm Sørensen
By Holm Sørensen
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Rare Danish Mid-Century Modern Brutalist pendant by Holm Sørensen.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Brutalist Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Midcentury Danish Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury Danish chandelier available at 1stDibs. Each midcentury Danish chandelier for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and glass. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer midcentury Danish chandelier, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right midcentury Danish chandelier, those designed in Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one midcentury Danish chandelier that is appealing in its simplicity, but Fog & Mørup, Louis Poulsen and Bent Karlby produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Midcentury Danish Chandelier?

Prices for a midcentury Danish chandelier can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $221 and can go as high as $15,000, while the average can fetch as much as $857.

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 Chandeliers and Pendants for You

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

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

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

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

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

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