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The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Jacco Maris LED Mrs.Q Floor Lamp in Leather
Located in Yonkers, NY
Handmade in Holland not only has a nice “ring” to it, it means Jacco Maris’ fixtures exhibit exemplary quality and jaw-dropping style only a lover of experimentation could achieve. I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern More Lighting

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Leather

Vertigo Chandelier in Green and Blue Resin by Jacopo Foggini
Located in New York, NY
While working for the family business, Jacopo Foggini discovered the versatile nature of methacrylate, a material generally used in the production of car reflectors. Enchanted by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Resin

Vertigo Chandelier in Pink and Blue Resin by Jacopo Foggini
Located in New York, NY
While working for the family business, Jacopo Foggini discovered the versatile nature of methacrylate, a material generally used in the production of car reflectors. Enchanted by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Resin

Plane Short Chandelier Light by Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
The short plane chandelier is characterised by its simplicity and bold geometry, basic silhouettes made from a brass-plated steel frame and a double-layered white glass sphere creati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Treetops Floor Lamp (US), by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Here you are shown the US wired "Treetops" floor lamp designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 in metal with halogen bulb. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917. In 1939 he gradu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Vertigo Chandelier in Transparent and Blue Resin by Jacopo Foggini
Located in New York, NY
While working for the family business, Jacopo Foggini discovered the versatile nature of methacrylate, a material generally used in the production of car reflectors. Enchanted by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Resin

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Vico Magistretti for Artemide, 1961
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Ceiling lamp, designed by Vico Magistretti. Italy, Artemide, 1961. The Triclinio ceiling lamp with 3 double diffuser glass shades. Opal glass and brushed metal. Reference: Repe...
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1960s Italian Vintage Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Bottega Intreccio Sfera Pendant in Bamboo Wicker, by Maurizio Bernabei
Located in Yonkers, NY
With the Sfera pendant, the signature cone-shaped base that recurs throughout Bottega Intreccio’s Caratteri collection gives way to a rotund sphere. Its globular shape echoes the ele...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Wicker

Two Floor Lamps by Maison Charles, Paris, 1970s
Located in Belgium, BE
Exceptional pair of 'Arceaux' floor lamps by Jacques Charles for Charles, Paris. These lamps are of exceptionally good manufacture for which Maison Charles is known. Made of solid ...
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1970s French Vintage Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Brass

Stone Table Lamp in Morwad Marble by Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
A play on our original stone spice grinder, this table light comprises a halo hollowed from white Morwad marble mounted on a tube with a central 'floating' ball in the form of a bras...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Lighting

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Marble

Zig Zag White Plaster and Brass Floor Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A sculptural zig zag white plaster and brass floor lamp from the 1980s. The lamp has been newly rewired and has a new vanilla linen shade. Measurements: 65.75” high 24” diameter.
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1980s American Vintage Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Bottega Intreccio Cocolla Pendant in Bamboo Wicker, by Maurizio Bernabei
Located in Yonkers, NY
It takes 6.5 hours of skillful weaving using a centuries-old technique known as intreccio to create the bell-shaped Cocolla Pendant, which consists of a tiered, conical top that prot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Wicker

Plane Round Pendant Light by Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
The plane round pendant is characterized by its simplicity and bold geometry: basic silhouettes made from a brass-plated steel frame and a double-layered white glass sphere creating ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Ashoka Metal Table Lamp (US), by Ettore Sottsass from Memphis Milano
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Here you are shown the US wired, Ashoka Table Lamp in lacquered metal, designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 for Memphis Milano. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917. In 1939...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Tondo 180 Wall Light in Green Polycarbonate by Jacopo Foggini
Located in New York, NY
Jacopo Foggini was born in Turin and currently lives and works in Milan. He explores art and design crossing the boundaries imposed by the conventions of those disciplines. Jacopo jo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Resin

Ferai Cesendeo Murano Glass Pendant in Opalino White by Salviati
Located in Venezia, IT
Ferai Cesendeo pendant by Salviati. Designed by Alberto Lago. More glass colors and glass finishing options are available upon request, subject to price change. Version shown in pict...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Pair of Square Triedi Murano Glass Contemporary Flush Mount or Ceiling Light
Located in Rome, IT
Gorgeous contemporary square ceiling light with clear triedi Murano glasses on gold plated square frame.    Four E 14 light bulbs. We can wire for your country standards.   
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2010s Italian Modern More Lighting

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Glass

Plane Triangle Pendant Light by Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
The plane triangle pendant is characterized by its simplicity and bold geometry, basic silhouettes made from a brass-plated steel frame and a double-layered white glass sphere creati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Lighting

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Steel, Brass

Fringe Table Lamp, by Hans Agne Jakobsson from Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
An iconic table lamp with sophisticated fringes, created in 1960 by the acclaimed Swedish lighting genius, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and now finally available for all those design lovers ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Ferai Còdega Murano Glass Pendant in Transparent Amber and Steel Gray, Salviati
Located in Venezia, IT
Ferai Còdega Pendant by Salviati. Designed by Alberto Lago. More glass colors and glass finishing options are available upon request, subject to price change. Version shown in pictu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Luci Caltha Floor Lamp by Frattini
Located in Dronten, NL
"Luci Caltha" Italian multi-adjustable floor lamp, design by G.F. Frattini. Black enameled steel base with black enameled aluminium shaft. Marked with manufacturer's stamp to bottom...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Grupa LED Arigato 2 Chandelier Light by Filip Despot, Ivana Pavic, Tihana Taraba
Located in Yonkers, NY
The Arigato family of fixtures has appreciation built into its very DNA given its name means thank you in Japanese. According to its design team, Tihana Taraba, Ivana Pavic and Filip...
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21st Century and Contemporary Croatian Modern More Lighting

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Aluminum

Three-Leaf Rhubarb Floor Lamp by Tommaso Barbi
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Floor lamp designed by Tommaso Barbi in the 1970s for Bottega Gadda, Italy. Brass lamp with the three-light fittings. Three-leaf model of the 'Rababarbo' or rhubarb leaf floor lam...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Brilli G Chandelier in Gold Resin by Jacopo Foggini
Located in New York, NY
While working for the family business, Jacopo Foggini discovered the versatile nature of methacrylate, a material generally used in the production of car reflectors. Enchanted by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Resin

Contemporary Brass Wall Lamp 'Circuits' by Luisa Restrepo & Aitor Garrido
Located in Mexico City, MX
'Circuits' is a lighting collection developed by Colombian glass artist Luisa Restrepo and Mexican designer Aitor Garrido. They are geometrically simple, a combination of lines and c...
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2010s Mexican Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Fringe Large Pendant, by Hans Agne Jakobsson from Warm Nordic
Located in Viby J, DK
An iconic pendant lamp with sophisticated fringes, created in 1960 by the acclaimed Swedish lighting genius, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and now finally available for all those design lover...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Contemporary Handmade Wall Lamp "Parnes" in Brass Rectangular Layers by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted wall lamp, model "Parnes" composed of rectangular brass panels, layered over a rectangle of opaline glass containing the light bulbs. The light source consi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Base Wall Sconce in Brass by Tom Dixon
Located in New York, NY
The Base collection combines a smooth finished shade with a matt-textured cast iron base.
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern More Lighting

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Brass, Iron

Brilli B Chandelier in Gold Resin by Jacopo Foggini
Located in New York, NY
While working for the family business, Jacopo Foggini discovered the versatile nature of methacrylate, a material generally used in the production of car reflectors. Enchanted by the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Lighting

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Resin

Tekna Penrose on 230V or US LED Candle Light with Dark Bronze and Clear Glass
Located in New York, NY
Candle light in dark bronze with outside fitted clear safety glass, superstructure with handle (eyelet), supplied with an oyster-white imitation candle-cover and candle effect with L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern More Lighting

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Bronze

Tekna Ilford Large Pendant Light with Closed Top and Clear Glass in Bronze Fini
Located in New York, NY
Hanging light in dark bronze with outside fitted clear glass, closed top. For outdoor use (IP43). Four-arm lamp holder with caret squirrel cage lamp 230V E27 4 x 7,7W 2300K. Main...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern More Lighting

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Bronze

STACKED Small Ostrich Pendant Light by Richard Haining, Ebonized Ash, Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Shown in Ebonized Ash; Customizable The shape of this single pendant is reminiscent of an ostrich egg. The shades are hand-built. Stacked piece by piece, 1/4" layer by 1/4" layer to...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

STACKED Medium Maple Bell Pendant by Richard Haining, Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
These cylindrical bell-shaped pendants are shown here in salvaged Maple. Each shade is hand-built. Stacked piece by piece, 1/4" layer by 1/4" layer to create the form. Once complete,...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

STACKED Small Ostrich 3-Pendant Light by Richard Haining, Ebonized Ash, Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Shown in Ebonized Ash; Customizable The shape of this triple pendant cluster is reminiscent of ostrich eggs. Each shade is hand-built. Stacked piece by piece, 1/4" layer by 1/4" lay...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

STACKED Large Saucer Pendant Light by Richard Haining, Custom, shown in Cherry
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The saucer shaped pendants have not been turned on a lathe. Each shade is hand-built, and is available in a variety of salvaged domestic hardwoods, as well as specialty woods. Stacke...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

STACKED Squat Maple Bell Pendant Light by Richard Haining, Customizable
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This cylindrical bell-shaped pendant is shown here in salvaged Maple. Each shade is hand-built. Stacked piece by piece, 1/4" layer by 1/4" layer to create the form. Once complete, th...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

STACKED Thin Maple Bell Pendant Light by Richard Haining, Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This cylindrical bell-shaped pendant is shown here in salvaged Maple, but is available in a variety of domestic hardwoods as well as some specialty woods. Each shade is hand-built. S...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

STACKED Medium Ostrich Pendant Light by Richard Haining, Ebonized Ash, Custom
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Shown in ebonized reclaimed ash; customizable. The shape of this pendant is reminiscent of an ostrich eggs. Each shade is hand-built. Stacked piece by piece, 1/4" layer by 1/4" la...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass, Steel, Sheet Metal

Customizable Signal Chandelier Three in Brass from Souda, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A polished and plated aluminium armature effortlessly supports spun shades and perforated diffusers that soften custom LEDs. With a nod towards Mid-Century Modern, and some heavy ins...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Customizable Signal Linear Pendant, Souda, Medium, Black and Nickel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price is for a Signal linear pendant with black shade and nickel accents. This piece is customizable so we can also make the finishes per order to your spec. Lighting details are as ...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Kawa Pendants from Souda, Cluster of Five, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
To create the Kawa Pendant for Souda, Luft Tanaka slip cast porcelain directly into dozens of leather molds resulting in highly-unique ceramic shades. Once Luft arrived at the perfec...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Kawa Pendant Light from Souda, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
To create the Kawa Pendant for Souda, Luft Tanaka slip cast porcelain directly into dozens of leather molds resulting in highly-unique ceramic shades. Once Luft arrived at the perfec...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Clay, Pottery, Porcelain, Ceramic

Customizable Signal Pendant Light from Souda, Brass, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Utilizing warm LEDs and indirect light, signal pendants hover above any interior like a celestial body emitting a comforting glow. Consisting of a spun metal shade pierced by a polis...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Steel, Metal, Aluminum

Customizable Signal Arm Sconce in Black x Brass, Long, by Souda, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Signal arm sconce is a rotatable sconce that seamlessly blend the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with that of science fiction. A bent aluminum tube cantilevers from a wall-mounted ...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Steel

Customizable Signal Linear Pendant, Souda, Short, White & Copper, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price is for a signal linear pendant with white shade and copper accents. This piece is customizable so we can also make the finishes per order to your spec. Lighting details are as ...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Customizable Signal Linear Pendant, Souda, Short, Black & Brass, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price is for a Signal linear pendant with black shades and brass accents. This piece is customizable so we can also make the finishes per order to your spec. Lighting details are as ...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Kawa Pendant Light Cluster of Three from Souda, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
To create the Kawa Pendant for Souda, Luft Tanaka slip cast porcelain directly into dozens of leather molds resulting in highly-unique ceramic shades. Once Luft arrived at the perfec...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal

Dana Pendant Light, Black, Cluster of Three, from Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dana is a bold and graphic pendant light that can be used individually or in clusters of up to five. Two wire hemispheres lock together to create an endless number of shapes from a f...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Steel

Florentine Bird Cage LED Hanging Pendant Lights - UL Contemporary Concealed
Located in Chicago, IL
ONE FLORENTINE "A" "B" or "C" PENDANT LAMP - Black, Grey or Pastel Turquoise Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contempora...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Three UL Contemporary Concealed LED Black Steel Bird Cage Hanging Pendant Lights
Located in Chicago, IL
THREE FLORENTINE "C" PENDANT LAMPS - Black Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights, whether h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

UL Contemporary Concealed LED Black Steel Hanging Pendant Light, Shape "C"
Located in Chicago, IL
ONE FLORENTINE "C" PENDANT LAMP - Black Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights, whether hung...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

UL Contemporary Concealed LED Black Steel Hanging Pendant Light, Shape "B"
Located in Chicago, IL
ONE FLORENTINE "B" PENDANT LAMP - Black Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights, whether hung...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Three UL Contemporary Concealed LED Pale Gray Steel Hanging Pendant Lights
Located in Chicago, IL
THREE FLORENTINE "A" PENDANT LAMPS - Pale Grey Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights, wheth...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Three UL Contemporary Concealed LED Turquoise Blue Steel Hanging Pendant Lights
Located in Chicago, IL
THREE FLORENTINE "B" PENDANT LAMPS - Pastel Turquoise Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

UL Contemporary Concealed LED Black Steel Hanging Pendant Light, Shape "A"
Located in Chicago, IL
ONE FLORENTINE "A" PENDANT LAMP - Black Inspired by the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, these abstract minimal statement contemporary concealed LED lights, whether hung...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern More Lighting

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Steel

Customizable Signal Linear Pendant by Souda, Short, Brass x White, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price is for a signal linear pendant with white shade and brass accents. This piece is customizable so we can also make the finishes per order to your spec. Lighting details are as f...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum, Steel

Customizable Signal Swing Arm Sconce, Black X Brass from Souda
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The signal arm sconce is a rotatable sconce that seamlessly blend the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with that of science fiction. A bent aluminium tube cantilevers from a wall-mounted...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

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Metal, Steel

Customizable Signal Linear Pendant, by Souda, Short, Copper, Made to Order
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Price is for a Signal Linear pendant with copper shades and accents. This piece is customizable so we can also make the finishes per order to your spec. Lighting details are as follo...
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2010s American Modern More Lighting

Materials

Metal, Aluminum, Steel

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