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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

Unusual Chandelier by Seguso
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual Italian chandelier by Seguso, circa 1950s. Cased white and clear glass with bubbles.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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

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Brass

  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
  • Unusual Brass Sputnik Chandelier
H 47.25 in. Dm 27.56 in.
Unusual Copper Chandelier, 1950s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual copper chandelier, distinctly modern, in the style of Hans-Agne Jacobsson.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

  • Unusual Copper Chandelier, 1950s
  • Unusual Copper Chandelier, 1950s
  • Unusual Copper Chandelier, 1950s
  • Unusual Copper Chandelier, 1950s
H 14 in. W 12.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Beautiful and Unusual Sputnik Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Beautiful and unusual sputnik chandelier, metal painted gold and black, in excellent condition.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Unusual Multi Tiered Venini Crystal Chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Round Venini ( Marked ) crystal prism chandelier. Elegant and modern, great quality, and condition. Total Drop with chain 30"
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

Unusual Venini Glass and Chrome Chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
This chandelier has both triangular glass and chrome hanging elements making it highly reflective and bright. Some glass shades have internal cracks, common for this type of chandeli...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Mid-Century Chrome Sputnik 1960s Chandelier with Unusual Angled Stem
Located in New York City, NY
Unique Mid-Century Modern, atomic style chrome Sputnik chandelier. This chandelier has an unusual, artistically bent stem which gives it a very sculptural look. Additionally, besid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

French 1950's Eight Arm Iron Chandelier with Unusual Milk Glass Globes
Located in Hingham, MA
A fairly large scale modernist iron spider chandelier from France, circa mid-1950's with unusual glass shades and brass drop rod with original canopy. Rewired.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Unusual Viennese Emil Stejnar Brass Crystal Chandelier by Rupert Nikoll Vienna
By Rupert Nikoll, Emil Stejnar
Located in Vienna, AT
A very beautiful, floral brass chandelier from the 1950s, designed by Emil Stejnar, executed by Rupert Nikoll Vienna. Has 10 arms and a lot of crystals and glass flower elements on i...
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20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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.
Unusual Sinusoidal Chandelier in Brass and Black Enamel in the Style of Stilnovo
Located in Stamford, CT
Style of Stilnovo Italy, 1950s Sculptural and unusual Stilnovo style chandelier in brass, the sinusoidal form arms ending in gloss black enamel socket caps. Well shaped and appropri...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Midcentury Italian Brass and Tole Six-Arm Fixture
Located in New York, NY
Unusual midcentury Italian brass and tole six-arm fixture.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Tôle

Set of Three Unusual Gold Pendant Lights, Germany, 1960s
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A set of three (3) unusual gold pendant lamps from, Germany, circa 1960s. Rewired for USA. The color is gold/chartreuse/olive. Measuring approximate 10" D, 15" H, 62" total height-ca...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Unusual Midcentury Pendant Lamp with Rosewood Rattle, Denmark, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Curious and unique entrance hall or corridor pendant light composed of bakelite, brass, opaline glass and rosewood. Anonymous Danish maker circa 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Midcentury Etched Glass and Wood Pendant Light Fixture
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1970s modernist style pendant light fixture found in Belgium features a black stained wood shaft that supports two amber glass etched and polished glass disks. Takes two candel...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Wood

Unusual Artwork on Glass Pendant Lamp by Peill Putzler, 1970s, Germany
By Peill & Putzler
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Unusual artwork on glass pendant lamp by Peill Putzler, 1970s, Germany Lampshade is in very good vintage condition. This lamp works with E27 light bulb. Max 100W Wired and su...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Unusual Mid Century Orange Pendant P254 by Jørn Utzon for Nordisk Solar Co
By Bjorn Utzon
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual mid century Danish pendant lamp. All original with orange cord. Designed by Jørn Utzon, produced by Nordisk Solar Compagni, ca' 1963. A quick note about the architect: "Jø...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Unusual Italian Chandelier 1974
By Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A very interesting Italian chandelier, dated 1974. Sculptural form in chromed/painted metal with cutouts. Original wiring and canopy.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome, Metal

Unusual Murano Glass and Brass Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Unusual italian chandelier, made of brass and Murano glass, eight arms of light with glass globes, two separated tinted glass plates at the bottom and an iridescent part at the top. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Solid Aqua Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in San Francisco, CA
Elegant and simple this Mid-Century Murano chandelier bridges traditional and modern with simple, clean lines. Five arms with newly rewired candelabra sockets. UL listing available f...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Unusual Sculptural Mixed Color Glass Chandelier
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Sculptural mixed glass and metal chandelier.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Unusual Mid-Century Murano Glass Chandelier
Located in Houston, TX
Chic opalescent Murano glass pendant or lantern, newly wired for U.S. market. Please click KIRBY ANTIQUES logo below to view additional pieces from our vast inventory.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass

Unusual Frosted Murano Glass Rectangular Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
Unusual frosted Murano glass rectangular chandelier.
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20th Century Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Unusual Sciolari Chandelier with Glass Discs
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Particular chandelier from Gaetano Sciolari in chrome with six lights surrounded by lens shaped glass discs.
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20th Century Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Unusual Italian Ceramic, Art Pottery Pendant Chandelier
By Vitossi
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual Italian ceramic, art pottery pendant chandelier. Stunning colors and design, pierced ceramic, retains original interior shade, wooden ball /chain pull switch.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Ceramic, Teak, Parchment Paper

Unusual Blue-Gray Mid-Century Murano Chandelier
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century blue-gray Murano chandelier attributed to Barovier.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Mid-Century Brass Chandelier with Four Globes
Located in New York, NY
Rare brass chandelier with four frosted glass globes. Very particular are the extensions protruding beyond the glass shades. Canopy and collars are lacquered black.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Unusual Shell Shaped Chandelier or Pendant, Italy 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Unusual chandelier consisting of three concentric semi-spheres held together by a chrome structure with an off white metal cap. The two larger semi-spheres are white glass while the ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Elegant and Unusual Italian Brass Chandelier / Ceilng Light
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Italian 50's brass chandelier. It features an articulated stem that can be removed upon request in order to attach the ceiling close (4-6") from the ceiling. There are white ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Unusual Triangle Chandelier in the Style of Stilnovo
By Stilnovo
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Unusual triangle shaped chandelier, entirely made of brass. On each side of the chandelier, four lights framed into Murano glass globes provide the light.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Very Cool and Unusual Vintage Sputnik Style Chandelier
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A fabulously designed take on a Mid-Century Modern Sputnik chandelier having pierced brass bowl and enameled glass shade with gold stripes, complemented by a spray of brass rods exte...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Unusual Triangular Form French Brass and Opal Glass Chandelier
Located in Stamford, CT
France, 1950s French Sputnik style chandelier in an unusual form; the six gloss opal globes radiating from a central ribbed body to form a triangle. High polish brass body. New...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Flush Mount Murano Glass Unusual and Gracious Mid-Century Chandelier
By Zero Quattro
Located in New York, NY
MId-century chandelier featuring many oval shaped glasses hanging by means of a short chain from a nickel plated canopy. Made in the 60's probably by ZeroQuattro a MIlanese very smal...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Unusual Opalescent Murano Pendant
By Mazzega
Located in New York, NY
Unusual opalescent Murano pendant with "crackle" finish by Carlo Nason for Mazzega.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

A Unusual Wicker Ceiling Fixture
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
A unusual wicker ceiling fixture great craftsmanship The fixture hangs with chains therefore, the total height is easily adjustable South of France, circa 1960's
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Wicker

Unusual Demi-Sphere Hanging Light Fixture
Located in Hudson, NY
Interesting fixture featuring two half metal globes connected by sturdy metal connectors brilliant light sources at maximum intensity and ambient light when dimmed.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Unusual Doria 1970 Chandelier
By Doria Leuchten Germany
Located in Vienna, AT
Very unusual chandelier, with casted and pressed ice-glass-plates, arranged on a metal frame.
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Late 20th Century German Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Art Glass

  • Unusual Doria 1970 Chandelier
  • Unusual Doria 1970 Chandelier
  • Unusual Doria 1970 Chandelier
  • Unusual Doria 1970 Chandelier
H 23.63 in. Dm 15.75 in.
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

Unusual Mid-Century Brass and Glass Spider Chandelier
By Stilnovo
Located in Vienna, AT
This unusual brass and painted chandelier from the 1950s has an additional opaline glass fixture on the bottom that contains two bulbs. The new wiring allows the eight arms and the c...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Unusual, French, 1950s Multi-Colored Brass Stem Chandelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusual French 50's Multi-colored Brass Stem Chandelier.
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Brass, Brass

Large and Unusual Crystal Chandelier by Lobmeyr, circa 1960s
By J.L Lobmeyr
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
Large six-light chandelier with 3270 multicolor hand-cut crystal pearls on the five-tiered brass frame. In very good vintage condition and wonderful patina.
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Brass, Metal

Unusual Heifetz Rotaflex Ball Form Globe
By Heifetz
Located in New York, NY
Nice example of the "Rotaflex" line of plastic globes designed by Heifetz. Most of these are bright colors, this one is white and a very pale grey, making it more sophisticated in ap...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Modern Unusual Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic modern unusual chandelier available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, glass and brass, every modern unusual chandelier was constructed with great care. If you’re shopping for a modern unusual chandelier, we have 42 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer modern unusual chandelier, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right modern unusual chandelier, those designed in Mid-Century Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one modern unusual chandelier that is appealing in its simplicity, but Venini, Bjorn Utzon and Doria Leuchten Germany produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Modern Unusual Chandelier?

A modern unusual chandelier can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,750, while the lowest priced sells for $461 and the highest can go for as much as $24,000.

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.