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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.

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Midcentury Brass & Black Leather Table Lamp Attributed to Stiffel, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A Mid-Century Modern pair of elegant table lamps attributed to Stiffel. Each lamp is made of heavy solid brass with the column wrapped in black embossed leather matching its original...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Gaia Chandelier, Venexiana, Gismondi Orni Halloween for VeArt, Memphis Style 80s
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
The Gaia chandelier, in the multicolored version, is one of the emblem of the 80s postmodern style. Very rare to find in this multicolor combination. It was designed by Gismondi for...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Vistosi Gray Murano Glass Disc Chandelier, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Spectacular chandelier by Vistosi made with 48 grey fumé beveled Murano discs a four levels. The cage and armature are original brass. Each glass disk is 6" diameter. There are 13 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Contemporary Handcrafted Ceiling Lamp "Ischys" with Brass Curved Arms by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handmade ceiling fixture model "Ischys" in oxidized brass with 24 curved arms, in two different lengths, with light source on either end. The light source consists of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Kalmar Wave Ice Glass Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large vintage mid-century table lamp, 1960s. Modernist wave-like design in textured clear and white glass designed by Kalmar. Dimensions: 45 W x 15 D x 38 H cm.
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1970s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Art Glass

Stilnovo Floor Lamp White and Red Metal Lampshades Brass Marble, Italy, 1955
Located in Catania, IT
Floor lamp manufactured by Stilnovo in Italy, 1955. The floor lamp has a circular white marble base, black lacquered metal steam. The floor lamp has two brass arms and one white an...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Brass, Metal

Fontana Arte Mid-Century Modern Italian Dahlia Sconces by Max Ingrand, Set of 5
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
To be taken into consideration, five Dahlia wall lights by Max Igrand for Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1950s. Bronze and artistic glass. Excellent original vintage condition, not resto...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Franco Albini, Franca Helg & Antonio Piva, Floor Lamp Model AM2Z for Sirrah
Located in Munster, NRW
The AM2Z floor lamp was designed by Franco Albini, Franca Helg and Antonio Piva for Sirrah in 1969. Showing lines reminescent of the Art Deco era, it is entirely made of chromed meta...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Pair of Black Charcoal Matte Diamond Shaped Table Lamps
Located in Long Island City, NY
A stunning multifaceted elegant pair of table lamps. The matte finish brings out the beauty of the geometric patterns on each lamp. The lamps have a strong yet discreet statement cre...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Ceramic

Curtis Jere Double Visor Shade Lamp, 1960's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Brass plated steel Original condition Patina with scuffs No damage or repairs Works great.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Iconic Carlo Nason for Mazzega Murano Midcentury Space Age Lamps, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Two stunningly luxurious, large Italian Mid-Century Modern Atomic Age Mazzega Murano statement table lamps by glass artist Carlo Nason. Two glass shades nesting within each other to ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Murano Art Glass Multicolor Italian Chandeliers, 1980
Located in Rome, IT
Fantastic Venetian salmon pink, smoked brown, transparent sandblasted color for a Cascade of Murano leaves. A striking color for this chandelier. A cool design for a cool leaf. Al...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Multi-Arm Black Enamel Table Lamp
Located in Nantucket, MA
A great Mid-Century Modern, 5-arm table lamp. Black enamel with white enameled interior. European-size light bulbs which are easy to find. Rewired for American use. Base is 12" diame...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Enamel

Pair of Vintage Opalescent Murano Glass Sconces
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning pair of vintage opalescent Murano glass sconces. This large pair of Barovier style Murano glass sconces have a beautiful ribbed effect with raised points. These gorgeous mod...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Large Mid-Century Murano Glass Chandelier By Toni Zuccheri For Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large mid-century clear Murano glass chandelier by Toni Zuccheri for Venini. This beautiful Murano glass chandelier is comprised of unusually shaped glass on a steel frame. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

'Sagittarius' or C1720 Wall Lamp by RAAK, the Netherlands, 1970's
By RAAK
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This fantastic wall lamp, model 'Sagittarius' or C1720, was designed and made by RAAK in the 1970's. Quite a rare item to find. It has a chrome wall fixture with a perspex hood with ...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Lagoas Table Lamp, Oil-Rubbed Dark Gray by Filipe Ramos
Located in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
The Lagoas tables and lamps are inspired by nature, it is an allusion to the mangrove trees and the way it deeps into the water. The legs design plays with the senses of the observer...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Pair of Majestic Murano Palmette Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Luxury Palmette Murano glass chandelier made with 94 original crystal glasses attributed to Barovier & Toso. Gold metal frame. Available also a pair. 12-light bulbs, E27 dimension...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Large Fototon Film Industry Spotlight
Located in Dronten, NL
Vintage professional TV or movie studio light designed by Ake Nilsson and manufactured by Fototon. Marked.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Fontana Arte Mid-Century Modern Italian Dahlia Chandelier by Max Ingrand, 1950s
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
To consider is the Dahlia chandelier mod. 1563A with 16 lights by Max Igrand for Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1950s. Cast brass and curved crystal. Excellent original condition of the ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass

Cross Oyster Light Sculpture, 1968 Design by Rolf Krüger for Staff, Germany
Located in Munster, NRW
Overwhelming Cross Oyster wall or ceiling light sculpture - produced in 1968 by Staff Leuchten, designed by Rolf Krüger. approx. 1.90 meters x 1.90 meters.. 11 metal oyster e...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Metal

Fontana Arte Wall Light by Max Ingrand, Model 2254
Located in London, GB
Fontana Arte wall light by Max Ingrand, model 2254, Circa 1960 A beautiful minimal piece of lighting design. The sweeping lozenge form is finished in brushed nickel-plated brass w...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Nickel

Contemporary Italian Rostrato Crystal Murano Glass & Brass Double-Lit Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Organic sculpture pair of modern crystal clear Murano glass wall lights in the Art Deco style of Barovier Toso, entirely handcrafted in Italy, with double cone shape shades providing...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Elegant Brass and Opaline Murano Glass Table Lamp Attributed to Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant brass and opaline Murano glass table lamp attributed to Gio Ponti.  
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Acrylic Table Lamp, Italy, circa 1980
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Acrylic table lamp, Italy, circa 1980.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Acrylic

Pair of Midcentury Chromed Spanish Table Lamps, 1970s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Charming and elegant set of two Spanish table lamps with its original shades. These table lamps were made during the 1970s in Barcelona (Spain). Each table lamp is equipped with two...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Enamel, Chrome

Customizable Huge Industrial Dome Pendant Lamp, Sea Blue, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a custom light fixture that Souda completed for a startup-company's office in NYC. These are huge and are a great statement piece. Shown in this image is the lig...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Plafonnier by Oscar Torlasco
Located in London, GB
Chrome and white lacquered ceiling fitting with 9-light fittings of thick substantial glass. The ceiling pole is 8cm long but could be cut down or extended as required.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass

Customizable Huge Industrial Dome Pendant Lamp, Dark Blue, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a custom light fixture that Souda completed for a startup-company's office in NYC. Shown in this image shows a pendant with a dark blue finish. These are huge an...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Customizable Huge Industrial Dome Pendant Lamp, Light Blue, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a custom light fixture that Souda completed for a startup-company's office in NYC. Shown in this image shows the pendant with a light blue finish. The lights are...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Maison Jansen Style Table Lamp Bamboo Bronce Black Patent Leather Screen
Located in Valladolid, ES
Piece unique, an exceptional French Maison Jansen style table lamp in original bamboo cylinders with bronze finials, 1970. Beautiful black and interior gold patent leather screen in ...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Bronze

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-C-18
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-C-16
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-C-18
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rather the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-13
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-30
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-L-13
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-L-26
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-22
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-C-16
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-L-36
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-L-30
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-16
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-26
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-D-11
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-L-16
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-59
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier Auditorium 6660-L-22
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-L-36
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Lobmeyr Metropolitan Opera Crystal Chandelier 6725-D-11
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1963, by Hans Harald Rath the Metropolitan Chandelier was created as a commission for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lob...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Nickel

Customizable Huge Industrial Dome Pendant Lamp, Black and Silver, Aluminium
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a light fixture that Souda originally designed for a startup-company's office in NYC. These are huge and are a great statement piece. Shown in this image is the s...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Customizable Huge Industrial Dome Pendant Lamp, Waxed Aluminum, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This listing is for a custom light fixture that Souda completed for a startup-company's office in NYC. These are huge and are a great statement piece. Shown in this image is the lig...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Metal

Mid-Century Modern Twelve-Arm Chandelier by Erik Höglund
Located in Wichita, KS
A Swedish candelabra chandelier designed by Erik Höglund (1932–1998), circa 1960. This Scandinavian Modern piece has a twelve-arm iron frame. The Boda Glassworks, glass pendants are ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Wrought Iron

Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Alvar Aalto standard floor lamp, model A809, Artek. Finland, 1959. Enameled steel, brass, and leather. Provenance: Private Collection Thence by descent Literature: Alvar ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Large Pair of Vintage Kalmar "Ice Block" Glass Sconces
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large Mid-Century Modern pair of Kalmar "ice block" glass sconces. This gorgeous and substantial pair of J.T. Kalmar glass sconces have been newly wired to U.S. specificatio...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Nickel

Pair of Lamps, Plaster and Brass, Organic Shape, Contemporary Design, Tall Pair
Located in New York, NY
Decorative pair of plaster lamps designed by a local New York artist. The lamps are a combination of brass and white plaster. We have them in stock.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Italian Fontana Arte Inspired Glass Sconces
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning unusual pair of Mid-Century Modern glass sconces after Fontana Arte. These interesting Italian glass sconces have been newly wired to U.S. Specifications with new sockets. T...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Curtis Jere "Crane" Table Lamp
Located in Van Nuys, CA
This highly collectible crane table lamp by Curtis Jere features a counterbalanced arm which allows the user to adjust the lamp to their specific needs.   
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Steel, Chrome