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MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Contemporary Pleated Wall Light with Linen Shade off-white Handmade
Located in London, GB
Limited edition handmade pleated wall light, simple geometric pleats formed into a semi-circular sconce. The pleated shade is made from off-white linen with a metal wall plate that f...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Stainless Steel

Massive Pair of 20th C. French Smokey Rock Crystal and Gilt Wood Base Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A massive pair of French Natural smokey rock crystal rectangular form lamps with gilt rectangular wood bases. These are truly a gorgeous pair of lamps, with hand-carved and hand-poli...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Rock Crystal

Large Mid-Century Modern Chrome Wall lights / Sculptures, Italy, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large midcentury modern chrome wall lights- sculptures produced in Italy 1970s. The pleasant light it spreads is very atmospheric, these wall scones or fixtures will contribute to a ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Wood 19" Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood

Murano Art Glass Rectangular Pink Mid-Century Chandelier, 1970
Located in Rome, IT
Murano chandelier with an elongated design with a brass structure and unique glass pink color. All in Murano glass with a brass structure. The glasses are treated with a particula...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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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.. 9 metal oyster element...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Metal

Pair of Midcentury Modern Opaline Glass and Brass Adjustable in Height Pendants
Located in Lisse, NL
Perfect size and shape, adjustable pendants from the midcentury design era. These very stylish 1970s light fixtures come with the original brass canopies and shade holders intact. T...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

1950s Mid Century Val St Lambert Twisted Purple Crystal Lamp Base Inc Shade
Located in London, GB
1950s Val St Lambert, purple and clear glass, twisted crystal lamp base with a vintage brass light fitting. Hand blown in heavy lead crystal glass in Belgium. The brand new deep pink...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Wire, Metal, Brass

Pair of "Téa" Vintage Design Italian Wall Lights, ML102
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of modern Italian sconces, green cocottes, made by our Italian craftsman. Structure in solid brass and lampshade in lacquered steel.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

1960's to 1970's Large Stilnovo Oval Marble Table or Desk Lamp, Label Present.
Located in London, GB
A quite Large 1960's to 1970's Stilnovo oval marble table or desk lamp, label present. A really nice lamp.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Marble

Hans-Agne Jakobsson "BN-25" Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Table lamp model BN-25 designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Produced by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Markaryd, Sweden. Professionally powdercoated in a cream, off white.  
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Standing One-Arm Lamp by Serge Mouille
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lacquered metal, brass ball and socket fittings provide multi Directional movement: Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel

Murano Pendant with Stained Yellow Glass and Chrome
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Murano pendant with stained yellow glass and chrome, Italy, 1960s. Beautiful pendant with six Murano glass leaves in "Mazzega" style. The six glass leaves which are held up by a ch...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass

Murano Sandblasted Glass Italian Chandeliers, 1990
Located in Rome, IT
Fantastic Venetian sandblasted color for a Cascade of Murano leaves. A striking color for this chandelier. All in Murano art glass with sandblasted leaves placed all around. The c...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

1960s Brown & Green Drip Glaze Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1960s brown and green drip glaze ceramic table lamp. The lamp brass metal base. Wired for the US and in working condition. Socket, 28”H. Harp, 6”Dia x 10”H. No marks.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Italian Chrome and Glass Lamps, Fabio Lenci for Guzzini, 1960's
Located in Austin, TX
Italian Mid-Century Modern table lamps by Fabio Lenci for Guzzini, c. 1960, white opalescent art glass shades in an adjustable chromed metal stand. Eye-ball shaped pair, predecessors...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Pair of California Mid-Century Modern Pottery and Brass Table Lamps
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Pair of California Mid-Century Modern pottery and brass table lamps 1960's. Sold through Robert Long Lighting, Sausalito, CA Heavy flat-finished tri-part ceramic bodies with solid br...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wood 14" Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Designers also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. This organic modern shade is cust...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood

Set of 2 Ochre Metal Pendant Lamps by Lisa Johansson-Pape for Orno 'Attr.'
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This lamp is reminiscent of the work of Lisa Johansson-Pape for lighting company Orno. It is a beautiful organic design from the early 50's, with exactly the same details of Pape's w...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Midcentury "Saturn" Ceiling Pendants by Kurt Verse
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Kurt Versen designed “Saturn“ ceiling light featuring a stacked steel ring light shade suspended by wire to focused light socket. All together this light fixture is 36.5“ tall perfec...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Stiffel Nickel Silver and Ebonized Wood Lamps Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
These newly restored and handsome tall pair of Mid-Century Modern vintage stiffel lamps are classic. This was a solid and excellent lamp company during the time. They are from the 19...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Nickel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Black Flame Wall Lamps Set
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wall lamp model 'Flame Wall Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by Editions Serge Mouille in France. The production of lamps, wall lights and floor lamps are man...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Large Pair of Asymmetrical Double Mid-Century Modern Sconces, France, 1950
Located in Sitges, Barcelona
Beautiful and large pair of asymmetrical double sconces from the mid-1950s, French Mid-Century Modern. In black lacquered metal, wood, brass and white satin opaline glasses. The sc...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Toso Murano Mid-Century Modern Pink Crystal Two Murano Glass Table Lamps, 1992
Located in Murano, Venezia
The lamps you see in the picture are made in a mold, and then subsequently cut in different points to give a less linear effect than the classic Murano lamps. The hot glass is slid i...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Italian Vetri Murano Glass Floor Lamp in Black and White
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian Vetri Murano floor lamp in black and white made from hand-made blown glass from Murano, Italy.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass

Mid Century Adjustable Desk Lamp by Josef Hurka for Napako 1 of 2
Located in New York, NY
High style mid century desk lamp designed by Josef Hurka for Napako circa 1970's. This example features an adjustable hood shade ( shade 8 in. W x 6 in. Dia. ) on chrome rod , on dis...
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Set of Two Vintage Wall Lamps by Philips, Netherlands, 1960's
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This set of two wall lights come from their first owner and are in a very good vintage condition. Some smaller signs to the metal wall fixture and excellent condition of the glass. ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Scandinavian Wall Lamp by Hans Agne Jakobsson in Brass and Silk - F268
Located in Lyon, FR
Wall lamp from the 60's by the Swedish designer Hans Agne Jakobsson. Solid brass structure and off-white silk fringed lampshade (pink reflections). Very nice vintage condition, led b...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Another Mid-Century Modern Alabaster Pyramid Design and Conical Shape Table Lamp
Located in Lisse, NL
Stylish mineral stone 1970s table lamp of a slightly different color. We decided to publish this second conical shape alabaster table lamp separately, because it is just slightly di...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Alabaster, Marble

Mid Century Spanish 'Ferro Art' Att Chandelier
Located in Hastings, GB
Spanish Mid Century gilt, handcrafted metal chandelier Attributed to Ferro art, the characteristics of the flower bud lamp cups and the linear detail on the leaves is consistent to ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Turquoise and Clear Murano Glass Tronchi Chandelier Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
This striking chandelier is composed by 78 blue turquoise and ice color Murano glass 'Tronchi' by 20 cm high. Available also the pair.  
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass

Set of 4 Swedish Modern Brass Wall Sconces, circa 1980
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
4 Swedish Mid-Century Modern frosted acrylic and brass wall light sconces. Designed by Uno & Östen Kristiansson for Luxus in Vittsjö, Sweden. Sold as a pair of two.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Vintage Arne Jacobsen Louis Poulsen Eklipta Opaline Wall Ceiling Lamps
Located in Søborg, DK
Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen Eklipta opaline glass wall or ceiling lamps. Designed in 1959. Measure: 35 cm in diameter. These lamps are refurbished and are in great condition. The...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Sarfatti for Arteluce Style Chrome Desk Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual Mid-Century Modern chrome mushroom desk lamp in the manner of Sarfatti for Arteluce. This stylish chrome desk lamp is most likely Italian in origin. It has been newly wired t...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Chrome

Large Size "Kilimanjaro" Table Lamp by Sergio Asti for RAAK, 1970's
Located in Steenwijk, NL
The "Kilimanjaro" table lamp is a design by Sergio Asti for Dutch lighting manufacturer RAAK. The model was available in 3 sizes of which we have the largest size available. A great...
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1970s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass

Rare Vintage Italian Brass and Murano Glass Pendant by Fontana Arte 'Attributed'
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A classy Italian chandelier with curved and patinated brass mounting and Murano glass shade in clear glass with light green zanfirico. Manufactured in the manner of Fontana Arte in I...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Pierre Giraudon Resin Suspension Shell Desk Lamp
Located in Hastings, GB
A Pierre Giraudon resin suspension desk lamp comprising a white shell held within a rectangular piece of resin or plexi-glass as it is more commonly referred to in France dating fr...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Plexiglass

Hans Kögl Wheat Sheaf Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Hastings, GB
Hans Kögl wheat sheaf table lamp, circa 1970s Statement Wheatsheaf and gilt leaf lamp by Hans Kögl 64cm height, 37cm width, base 25cm width There is a long lead with inline switch...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Adjustable Arch Lamp in Blue for Lyskaer
Located in TORONTO, CA
Amazing adjustable arch lamp, ranging in height from 11" to 18" in a stunning bright blue.
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1980s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

1 of 6 Italian Modern Design Wall Light Diabolo Sconce Stilnovo Style Brass 1950
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Rare set of gorgeous Italian design Diabolo wall lights of the 1950s in the style of Stilnovo The patinated brass combines realy well with the black metal shades. The wall lights h...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Modern Italian Venetian Chandelier in Blown Murano Glass Red Finitures
Located in Villaverla, IT
Amazing modern Italian Venetian chandelier, blown Murano glass transparent, red finiture. The chandelier is handcrafted, by the Murano artists specialized in the art of the blown Mur...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass, Cut Glass, Murano Glass, Glass, Art Glass

Pair of Wall Lights in Solid Bronze with 1960's Nice Patina F041
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of solid bronze wall lights (quite heavy) from the 60s. Note the very nice patina of time on the bronze (see pictures). Wiring redone, bulbs recommended E26.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Bronze

ARA 14" Cypress Wood Drum Chandelier Pendant - Limited Edition
Located in Bend, OR
This large cypress wood drum light, ARA, is a Mid-Century Modern style pendant. Designers use a chandelier for alcove, entryway, dining room or conference room. ARA is a customizable...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Other

Red-Orange Minimalist Pop Art Metal Wall Light by Sölken Lights, Germany, 1970s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Wall light Producer: Sölken Lights, Germany Origin: Germany Age: 1970s An original red-orange wall light designed and produced by Sölken ...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Early 20th Century Antique Yellow Brass Ceiling Lamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Early 20th century antique yellow brass ceiling lamp. By unknown manufacturer, France. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pa...
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Five-Tier Hand Blown Champagne Murano Glass Palma Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite Palma chandelier consists of five tiers of individually hand blown Murano glass stylized palm fronds in an iridescent Champagne color that are adhered to its brass fra...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Maison Bagues Attributed Red Bulrush Chandelier, 1970s-1980s
Located in Hastings, GB
Maison Bagues attributed Bulrush chandelier, circa 1970s-1980s, France Stunning red leaves decorate the centre of the chandelier, intertwined with gilt bulrush heads The gold wove...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Lucite and Brass Wall Sconces by Metalarte, 1980s
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Lovely and beautiful pair of Lucite and brass wall sconces. These wall sconces are made in Barcelona (Spain) by Metalarte during 1980s. “Metalarte” original label still shows on th...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Murano Glass Brass and Goatskin Italian Art Deco Floor Lamp, 1940
Located in Rome, IT
Very stylish floor lamp in Murano glass and goatskin, perfect match for a floor lamp with a sensational and unique design. The floor lamp is made up of a long and cylindrical wooden...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Pair of "Vele" Sconces by La Murrina
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Italian wall lights with elegant clear "sails" glasses suspended on brass frames / Made in Italy by La Murrina, circa 1960s Original mark on glass, and additional mark on the...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Barbini Murano Opalescent Glass Pendant, circa 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Barbini pendant light made of Murano opalescent glass and brass, circa 1970s. The ombre opalescence glass measures 20” height x 16” diameter and has an etched signature. Images 4 ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Set Wall Lights by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of white and pink PH hat wall lamp designed by Poul Henningsen in the late 1970s and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Both labeled with paper-stickers from Louis Poulsen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Angelo Lelii Metallic Floor Lamp with Three Glass Elements Arredoluce, 1950
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Beautiful floor lamp with three glass lampshades, designed by Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, 1950s. This lamp presents a painted metal structure with three lampshades in satin glass a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Teak and Green Glass Pendant Lamp, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This stunning and not often seen pendant lamp is made in the 1960s-1970s. It is a nicely square shaped lamp made of teak wood and green glass. The lamp is in a very good condition wi...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass, Teak

Italian 1980s Double Glass Shade Tree Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1980s double glass shade lamp with metal branches and circular 8 inch diameter base.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Glass

Set of 2 Black Metal 'Night Owl' Wall Lamps for RAAK, the Netherlands, 1960s
By RAAK
Located in Steenwijk, NL
The idea was that a small but fundamental problem was solved with this smart 'Nachtuil' or 'Nightowl' by RAAK. This is the perfect lamp for couples that do not fall asleep at the sam...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Huge Italian Murano Chandelier, 52 Glass Petals Drop, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Huge Italian vintage Murano chandelier made by 52 glass petals (transparent crystal, smooth outside, with crystal powder and then rough inside.) in a chrome frame. Period: 1970s-19...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Blown Glass

Pinocchio Chandelier by Fabio Ltd
Located in Venice, Italy
Italian Sputnik chandelier with glossy gray Murano glass globes on natural brass frame / Designed by Fabio Bergomi for Fabio Ltd / Made in Italy 24 lights / E12 or E14 type / max 40W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass