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Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Madrid, ES
An original seven reflector hanging lamp edited by Stilnovo in 1960. Opaque nickel-plated brass and plexiglass .Excellent condition. Beautiful fixture.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
  • Stilnovo 1960 Hanging Lamp
H 78.7 in. Dm 15.7 in.
Wagram Chandelier
By Bourgeois Boheme Atelier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Plaster of Paris shade inserted in a bronze patina frame White plexiglass diffuser. The light provides a soft down light and a warm ambient light which reflects off the ceiling. Lig...
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2010s American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

  • Wagram Chandelier
  • Wagram Chandelier
  • Wagram Chandelier
  • Wagram Chandelier
H 20.5 in. Dm 25 in.
Large "Vier Zylinder" Chandelier by J.T. Kalmar
By J.T. Kalmar
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass cross frame, cylinder shaped shades ribbed plexiglass each 11cm diameter fitted with eight E27 sockets. Made in Austria in the early 1950s by J.T. Kalmar, cat. no. 3768.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

UFO Shaped Metal and Plexiglass Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Suspension shaped like an UFO made of a two tones metal centerpiece and a large plate on which suspend many plexiglass pieces diffusing the light.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian 5-Light Plexiglass Chandelier Design Stilux, 1960s
By Stilux
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stilux Milan Design: 1960s five lights in five different colors hanging chandelier in plexiglass The height can be adjusted.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Glossy White Plexiglass Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern glossy white plexiglass chandelier, 1970s Glossy white plexiglass chandelier with pill-shaped lampshade and black metal details, 1970s Electrical syste...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Gabriella Crespi Vintage Brass Nickel Plexiglass Chandelier Pendant Fungo, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vienna, AT
A Gabriella Crespi vintage brass nickel plexiglass chandelier or pendant Fungo, which was designed 1970s Italy. Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) Gabriella Crespi presented her collection...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Nickel

Stilux Milano Italy Mid-Century Modern Glass and Plexiglass Chandelier
Located in Firenze, IT
Three-light chandelier with teak structure with satin white glass diffusers and Lucite plexiglass shell, height can be decreased by shortening three support wires that support the ch...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Plexi Cube Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Brussels, BE
Plexi cube chandelier, Italy, 1970s.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

  • Plexi Cube Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
  • Plexi Cube Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
  • Plexi Cube Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
  • Plexi Cube Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
H 45.28 in. W 9.45 in. D 18.9 in.
Candle Chandelier Brass Plexiglass 1970 Italy
By Candle
Located in Milano, IT
Candle Chandelier Brass Plexiglass 1970 Italy
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Late 20th Century Italian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Stilnovo Chandelier Iron Metal Plexiglass, 1950, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Milano, IT
Stilnovo chandelier iron metal plexiglass, 1950, Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Stilux Chandelier Metal Plexiglass White, 1960, Italy
By Stilux
Located in Milano, IT
Stilux chandelier metal plexiglass white, 1960, Italy.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Minimalist and Razionalist Italian Chandelier Plexiglass Design Stilux
By Stilux
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Minimalist and Razionalist Italian chandelier plexiglass design Stilux.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

French 1950's Five Plexi Torch Chandelier
Located in Hingham, MA
Plastique fantastique! French modernist chandelier in the style of Pierre Guariche. Five torch lights mounted via brass rods to a lucite hub. Chain length can be adjusted. Note: a...
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Vintage 1950s French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1960´s Chandelier 8 lights, solid teak, brass and plexiglass - Italy
Located in Girona, ES
Chandelier with eight lights, solid teak, polished brass and plexiglass lampshades, Italy, circa 1960. Lampshades height: 25 cm.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Beautiful 5-Armed Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier with Plexiglass Shades
Located in München, DE
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern brass chandelier with 5 arms made of brass. Stunning rare design with white lampshades made of plexiglass which arte fluted at the outside. Five origin...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Round Stilux Milano Midcentury Chandelier Brass Plexiglass Gold Italian Design
By Stilux
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Stilux Milano midcentury chandelier brass plexiglass gold Italian design. Variable height.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Midcentury Round Chandelier Elio Martinelli Plexiglass Metal Black White, 1950s
By Elio Martinelli
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Midcentury round chandelier Elio Martinelli plexiglass metal black white, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Chandelier Plexiglass Brass White Black Color 1950
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Italian 1950s chandelier Minimalist and modern design, made with plexiglass, brass, glass, lacquered metal plates. It reminds a lot of Arredoluce's style, lit up is something really ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Huge 5-Armed Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier with Large Plexiglass Shades
Located in München, DE
Gorgeous huge Mid-Century Modern brass chandelier with five arms made of brass and large plexiglass shades. Extraordinary rare design with oval beige lampshades. Five original br...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Viennese Straw and Plexiglass Dome Chandelier, 1970s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Viennese straw and plexiglass dome chandelier, 1970s Dome chandelier in Vienna straw and plexiglass with brass details. A piece that reminds us of past ti...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Straw, Plexiglass

Round Guzzini Chandelier Red Blue Wood Mahogany Italian Design 1960s Plexiglass
By Guzzini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Guzzini chandelier red blue wood mahogany Italian design 1960s plexiglass.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass, Mahogany

Chandelier Up and Down, Brass and Plexiglas, 1960
Located in Milano, IT
Chandelier up and down...1960 brass and plexiglas. Red and white.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Large 8-Arm Mid-Century Modern Brass Chandelier with Large Plexiglass Shades
Located in München, DE
Gorgeous large Mid-Century Modern brass chandelier with eight curved brass arms and large plexiglass shades. Exceptional rare design from the 1950s. Eight original metal E14 socke...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Pendant Light in Plexiglass
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful pendant light in plexiglass. Measures: Diameter 40 cm. Height fixture 45 cm. Total height 120 cm. One E27 bulb.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

  • Pendant Light in Plexiglass
  • Pendant Light in Plexiglass
  • Pendant Light in Plexiglass
  • Pendant Light in Plexiglass
H 17.72 in. Dm 15.75 in.
Plexiglass and Brass Chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, 1950s Austria
By Emil Stejnar
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Plexiglass and brass chandelier by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, 1950s, Austria Mid-Century Modern charming pendant lamp. Designed by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll Manufact...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Chandeliers plexiglass and metal chrome Italian Design 1970 Pop-Art
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of chandeliers Optical Italian design 1970 Pop-Art ,metal structure, pieces in perforated plexiglass.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Chrome

Stilnovo Style Chandelier Metal Plexiglas Brass Height Adjustable, 1960, Italy
By Stilnovo
Located in Milano, IT
Stilnovo Style chandelier metal plexiglas brass height adjustable, 1960, Italy.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

French Plexiglass Geometric Ceiling Lamp, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
French geometric ceiling lamp from the 1980s, made of plexiglass of various colors, with a brass detail in the center and three metal lampholders with bayonet connection, good genera...
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Vintage 1980s French Post-Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

White Plexiglass and Brass Pendant Lights
Located in Baltimore, MD
These white cylindrical 5.5" plexiglass shades are suspended from four 1/4" brass dowels. The fixture stem and canopy are similarly brass. These lights are fitted with a single mediu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

"Dandelion" by Stejnar for Nikoll Metal and Plexi Sputnik Chandelier, 1950s
By Emil Stejnar
Located in Palermo, IT
Original and very beautiful sputnik chandelier, "Dendelion" model, by Emil Stejnar for Rupert Nikoll, 1960s, Austria. Chromed steel and lacquered metal with copious amounts of Austr...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Metal

Emil Stejnar Chandelier Sputnik 1955 Metal Iron Plexiglass Austria 33 Lights
By Emil Stejnar
Located in Milano, IT
Chandelier Sputnik 1955 Emil Stejnar 1955 metal iron plexiglass Austria 33 lights.
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Other Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

White Plexi Tube Pendant
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
White plexi tube pendant with satin nickel details. Single standard bulb wiring. The tubes are 8" but 10" overall with the protruding rods and the tube itself is 13" high.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Nickel

  • White Plexi Tube Pendant
  • White Plexi Tube Pendant
  • White Plexi Tube Pendant
  • White Plexi Tube Pendant
H 21.5 in. Dm 10 in.
Italian Brass and Plexiglass 1950s Ceiling Lamp
Located in Milan, IT
Italian brass, burnished brass and plexiglass 1950s ceiling lamp.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Brass

1970s Brown Plexiglass and Aluminum Pendant Light
Located in Den Haag, NL
Striking and typically, 1970s pendant light constructed of robust Industrial aluminum hardware and brown perspex panels.
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Midcentury Plexiglass Pendant Lamp, 1960s
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Mid-Century Modern plexiglass pendant lamp made in the 1960s. The lamp is in good vintage condition. Measure: Diameter 45 cm Height 50 - 120 cm The light requires one E2...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plastic

Italian Pendant Lamp in Brass and Plexi, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice pendant lamp made by unknown designer or manufacturer in Italy, 1960. The lamp has a metal frame with 2 bent plexiglass shades, finished with brass knobs. Very nice and wel...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Italian Pendant Lamp in Brass and Plexi, 1960
  • Italian Pendant Lamp in Brass and Plexi, 1960
  • Italian Pendant Lamp in Brass and Plexi, 1960
  • Italian Pendant Lamp in Brass and Plexi, 1960
H 7.88 in. W 14.97 in. D 7.88 in.
Midcentury Adjustable White Plexiglass and Brass Pendant, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
1950s. Made in plexiglass and brass. This pendant features its original patina, but on request we can polish the brass. It is a vintage item, therefore it might show slight traces ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Plexiglass and Varnished Metal Cube Pendant, Italy, 1970s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made from plexiglass, chrome and varnished metal. It has its original wiring covered in red rubber. In perfect original condition.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome, Wire, Metal

Brass and Plexiglass Church Pendant Lamp, Germany, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
This lamp has an E27 socket. It is height adjustable by the cable from 60-300cm.  
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Space Age Plexiglas Pendant in Deep Red Color with Nickel Side Line, 1960s
By Harvey Guzzini
Located in Budapest, HU
Italian Meblo style Space Age Plexiglas chandelier in deep red color with nickel-plated side line, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s European Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Poul Henningsen / Verner Panton Style, Large Plexiglas Ceiling Lamp
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Henningsen / Verner Panton style, large ceiling lamp in Plexiglas with four lamellae inside. Absolutely beautiful and modern lamp. Danish design, 1950s-1960s. Measures:...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Plexiglass and Yellow Varnished Aluminum Industrial Pendant, Italy, 1970s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
It is made in white plexiglass, yellow varnished aluminum and a steel wire. This pendant is a vintage piece, therefore it might show slight traces of use, but it can be considered a...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel

Peter Karpf Plexiglass Pendant by Fog & Morup, Denmark, 1964
By Fog & Mørup, Peter Karpf
Located in Maastricht, NL
A rare plexiglass pendant by Peter Karpf for Fog and Mørup. This lamp was designed for the design competition Fog & Mørup held in 1964. This architectural lamp is made of grooved, pl...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Yki Nummi Plexiglass Pendant Lamp for Orno, Finland, 1960s
By Yki Nummi, Stockmann-Orno
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Yki Nummi 1960s pendant for Orno. The lamp is made of three semicircular plexiglass elements in white, black and purple, held together with thin brass rods. The colored plexiglass ...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Yki Nummi white plexiglass pendant for Orno, Finland, 1960s
By Stockmann-Orno, Yki Nummi
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Yki Nummi wpendant for Orno, made of curved white and soft yellow plexiglass elements, held together by thin brass rods. The colored plexiglass creates a beautiful, atmospheric lig...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pendants, Plexiglass, Painted Iron, Golden Brass, circa 1980, Italy
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Pendants, Plexiglass, painted iron, golden brass, circa 1980, Italy. Measures: Diameter 54 cm, height 120 cm.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Iron, Brass

Large Brass and Plexiglass Church Pendant Lamp, Germany, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
This lamp has an E27 socket. It is height adjustable by the cable from 60-300cm. We have 3 smaller lamps from the same edition.  
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Set of Pendant Lights, Orange Plexiglass Black Metal, 1970s
By Glashütte Limburg
Located in Graz, AT
A set of four pendant lamps made of a perforated metal belt and orange plexiglass, manufactured in Mid-Century, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The acrylic glass has been blo...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

White Plexiglass Square iGuzzini Wall or Ceiling Light, Italy, 1970s
By iGuzzini
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Plastic square ceiling or wall light. Can be switched on with a small cord. In good condition, marked with a sticker.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Plexiglass

Two Large Dome Pendant Lights, Brass Plexiglass Diffuser, Florian Schulz, 1970s
By Florian Schulz, Vereinigte Werkstätten Für Kunst Im Handwerk, Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Graz, AT
A set of two (a pair of) large pendants by Florian Schulz for Vereinigte Werkstätten Für Kunst Im Handwerk, Munich, Germany. The lamps were manufactured in Mid-Century in the middle ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1970s Pendant with Eight Lights by Gaetano Misaglia, Plexiglass, Metal, Italy
By Gaetano Missaglia
Located in Girona, ES
Pendant with eight lights, chrome-plated metal, black sheet metal and large thickness plexiglass. New wires and electricity. Design: Gaetano Misaglia. Italy circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Sheet Metal, Metal

Lisa Johansson-Pape Pendant Light, Orno, Opal Plexiglass Brass, Finland, 1950s
By Orno Oy, Lisa Johansson-Pape, Paavo Tynell
Located in Graz, AT
A Scandinavian Modern white plexiglass and brass pendant light designed by Lisa Johansson-Pape for Orno, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1950. The fixture is made of a round and p...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Brass and Plexiglass Lantern Attributed to Lisa Johansson-Pape, Finland, 1950s
By Stockmann-Orno, Lisa Johansson-Pape
Located in Maastricht, NL
A rare 1950s Finnish pendant lamp, attributed to Lisa Johansson-Pape for Orno. The lamp is made of a perforated brass construction with curved and ribbed plexiglass panels. The bras...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Yki Nummi White Plexiglass and Brass Pendant for Orno, Finland, 1960s
By Yki Nummi, Stockmann-Orno
Located in Maastricht, NL
A white plexiglass model 61-380 pendant by Yki Nummi for Orno, Finland. The lamp has a brass ceiling mount and stem and a brass ring underneath. The total height of the lamp is 89 cm...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1970s Italian White Plexiglass & Chrome UFO Guzzini Hanging Light Harvey Guzzini
By Guzzini, Harvey Guzzini, iGuzzini
Located in London, GB
1970s white plexiglass with chrome detailing UFO shaped hanging pendant light which was designed by Harvey Guzzini and manufactured by Guzzini in Italy.. In a very good vintage condi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome, Wire

Stilux White and Red Molded Plexiglass Pendant Ceiling Lamp, 1960s, Milan, Italy
By Stilux
Located in National City, CA
Stilux modern hanging dish pendant ceiling light fixture made in Milan, Italy, circa 1960s. Two tone molded plexiglass white and translucent red with patinated brass hardware. Dime...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Minimal Grey Metal Pendants with Plexiglass Diffusers,Yki Nummi, Finland
By Yki Nummi
Located in Maastricht, NL
A pair of pendant lamps reminiscent of the work by Finnish designer Yki Nummi. The lamps are made of a dark grey metal shade and four plexiglass diffusers in different sizes. The me...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Plexiglass and Brass Sputnik Lamp in the Manner of Arteluce, Italy, 1950s
By Arteluce
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Midcentury 3-armed brass Sputnik lamps. In the manner of Arteluce. Rare and elegant midcentury Sputnik lamps, 1950s, Italy. Executed in lacquered metal and brass. The lamp is e...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal

Mid Century Vintage Plexiglass Pendant by Austrolux 1960s
By Austroluxe
Located in Debrecen-Pallag, HU
This lovely kitchen lamp is made from Plexiglass panes . It has an E27 socket and brass screws. made by Austrolux in Vienna in the 1960s. Measures: 23x23 cm. In very good condit...
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Vintage 1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

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Plexiglas Chandelier For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic plexiglas chandelier available at 1stDibs. Each plexiglas chandelier for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using plastic, plexiglass and metal. There are 339 variations of the antique or vintage plexiglas chandelier you’re looking for, while we also have 30 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer plexiglas 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 plexiglas chandelier, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern and Modern styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made plexiglas chandelier over the years, but those crafted by Stilux, Daniel Becker and Stilnovo are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Plexiglas Chandelier?

Prices for a plexiglas chandelier can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $250 and can go as high as $37,731, while the average can fetch as much as $2,587.

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.