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Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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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60s TOTEM Table Lamp by Cenedese Blue and Clear Colour Blown Glass Murano Italy
Located in London, GB
Vintage "TOTEM" Satin blue and clear blown glass table light was designed by Cenedese in the 1960s and produced in the Murano 's furnace in Ibtaly. TOTEM lamp its a very functiona...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Blown Glass

Luigi Caccia Dominioni, 'Tromba' Wall Light, Brass, Azucena, Italy, 1964
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable wall light, model Tromba. Designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni, produced by Azucena, Italy, 1960s. Back plate measures diameter 12 cm.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Rare Ceiling Light by Giampiero Aloi for Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare ceiling light by Giampiero Aloi for Stilnovo. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950s. Enameled metal, brass. Wired for U.S. standards. Original brass canopy. We recomme...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Stilnovo Style Chandelier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stilnovo style chandelier with eight arms. Made in Italy in 1960s. Glass bells with floral decoration.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Max Ingrand Flush Mount Chandelier for Fontana Arte, Italy, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
A rare flush mount chandelier by Max Ingrand. A striking diversion from his other work, this light has a beautiful organic pattern etched into the glass.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Suspension Light by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Suspension Light by Stilnovo. Manufactured in Italy, circa 1960's. Painted metal, acrylic. Lacquered metal and nickel-plated brass. Opal glass diffuser. Rewired for U.S. standards. W...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Nickel

Pair of Murano table lamps by Pietro Toso & Co in Amber Glass, Italy 1950's
By Pietro Toso
Located in Den Haag, NL
Pair of Murano table lamps by Pietro Toso & Co in Amber Glass, Italy 1950's.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Italian Modernist Designer, Adjustable Table Lamp, Brass, Lacquered Metal, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A highly modernist table lamp / desk light. Designed by an unknown Italian designer. Produced in Italy, 1950s. Features a sculpted brass base, perforated green / torquise lacquered m...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

"Alberello" Floor Lamp in Carrara Marble and lacquered Metal, Italy, 1960's
Located in Amsterdam, NL
The famous 'Alberello' Floorlamp, with it's space-age character. Always pleasant to have some rounded forms around you especially if they have been made with high-end materials and g...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Carrara Marble, Metal, Stainless Steel

Elegant Italian Pendant in Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant, brass, white-coated metal, glass, Italy, circa 1960s. This brass, large nine armed biomorphic pendant is both modern and classic at the same time, a trait that Italian lig...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Two Pairs of Italian Wall Lights, circa 1958, Brass and Satin Glass
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare large brass and satin glass wall lights attributed to Stilnovo, circa 1958. Excellent build quality pared with a dynamic modernist design. The large blown glass diffusers are ma...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Four Italian Mfg. Custom Ceiling Lights
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian Mfg. Ceiling Lights. Made in Italy, circa 1940s. Acrylic, brass, steel. Wired for U.S. standards. Custom brass canopy. We recommend four E27 40w maximum bulbs. Bulbs not incl...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Steel

1950s Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1950s ceramic lamp with ribbed texture and in a wonderful green glaze. Newly rewired and fitted with a custom shade in Belgian linen. Lamp shade is 18" diameter and 12" inches high. ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic, Linen

Large Postmodern Semicircular Wall Lamp
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall light, metal, glass, Italy, 1950s A refined shaped and elegant wall light that could also be used as a ceiling lamp. The rounded light consists out of one opaline half sphere...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Sconces by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sconces by Stilnovo. Manufactured in Italy, circa 1960's. Brushed satin glass, brass. Rewired for U.S. standards. We recommend three E12 bulbs 25w maximum bulbs per fixture. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Sexy Pair of 1970's Sconces Design by Sciolari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A beautiful and Elegant pair of 1970's sconces, design by Sciolari, the glass is white, see on one picture, I don't know why but on the pictures it appears cream color, when actually...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce Mod. 113b Pair Refurbished Sconces, 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
Genuine pair of Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce wall-mounted lights 113b Great set of 2 wall lights in restored condition. Both were manufactured by Arteluce in Italy, circa 1950s. The...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Chrome, Aluminum

Scandinavian Functionalist Ceiling Light, Norway, 1950
Located in Oslo, NO
Wonderful and decorative ceiling lamp in chrome, with shade in glass. Designed and made in Norway by Høvik Lys from circa 1950s first half. The lamp is fully working and in very good...
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1950s Norwegian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Steel

Pair of Red Gibigiana Lamps by Achille Castiglioni for Flos
Located in Troy, MI
Two Gibigiana lamps from Italy designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos feature dark red bases with black tops, circa 1980s. The Gibigiana lamp casts light in a very specific spot, d...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Floor Lamp by Lumi, 1968 Milano
By Lumi
Located in Tuscany, IT
Floor lamp produced by Lumi in 1968, with a plated steel and opaque Murano glass globe.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Steel

Original Mid-Century Modern Magnificent Chandelier, 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Magnificent chandelier from circa 1960, Mid-Century Modern, chased parts in brass and glass-application.        
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Venini White and Clear Murano Glass Globe or Pendant with Brass Fittings
Located in New York, NY
A large Venini mottled white and clear handblown murano glass globe with a cross-hatched pattern suspended from the original stem with brass ball adornment below the canopy, newly wi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pendant Light of Brass and Green Cased Glass, by Stilnovo, Italy 'Yellow Label'
Located in London, GB
A ceiling pendant light of pierced brass, with green cased glass diffuser, by Stilnovo of Milan, Italy, mid-20th century, (circa 1950s). A beautiful understated fixture, very nicely ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Duna Floor Lamps by Mario Barbaglia & Marco Colombo for PAF Studio, 1980
Located in Rotterdam, NL
A pair of halogen floor lamps Duna designed by Mario Barbaglia and Marco Colombo for PAF Studio. Noticeable details of this early edition: sliding dimmer on the side of the shade ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Iron, Metal

"Bino" Table Lamp by Vittorio Gregotti and Lodovico Meneghetti for Candle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bino" table lamp by Lodovico Meneghetti, Giotto Stoppino and Vittorio Gregotti for Candle. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1968. Acrylic, aluminum, chrome. Original EU cord. Diff...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Chrome

"Kuta" Suspension Light by Vico Magistretti for Oluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kuta suspension light by Vico Magistretti for Oluce. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1960's. Enameled metal. Rewired for U.S. standards. Original canopy. We recommend one E...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Monumental Pair of Marble Lamps Made in Italy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Monumental pair of italian made marble lamps having gilded-octagonal wooden bases and long brass necks. The lamps have beautiful lines, they are very tall and very well executed. ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Marble, Brass

Max Ingrand Brass and Etched Glass Table Lamp Model 1538 by Fontana Arte, 1950
Located in Renens, CH
Max Ingrand brass and etched glass table lamp model 1538 by Fontana Arte 1950. Very rare and magnificent table lamp by Max Ingrand. Probably one of the most beautiful table lamps ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Reggiani Brass and Perspex Table Lamp Mid-Century, 1960s, Italy
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Cozy brass table lamp with a Perspex outer ring sitting on the edge of shade giving it a warm intimate feel. Three candelabra size socket.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Pair of Vintage Masks Table Lamps Cast Brass Travertine Marble Base Italian
Located in London, GB
Pair of vintage Italian design table Lamps. We named them "Bafta" for their particular resemblance to the uk bafta red carpet award. Solid cast bronzed brass shaped as masks, brass...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Marble, Brass

Oscar Torlasco, Table Lamp, Lacquered Metal, Brass, Marble, Lumen Milano, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare desk light / table lamp. Designed by Oscar Torlasco, produced by Lumen Milano, Italy, 1950s. Features yellow lacquered metal, brass, and marble. Other designers and make...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Pair of Glass Wall Lights Attributed to Poliarte, Italy
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Pair of huge Murano glass wall lights. Chromed support, hemispherical clear glass with frozen green icicle glass structures. Italy, 1970 ca.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Blown Glass, Glass

Tito Agnoli & Oluce Flush Mount Light, Aluminum, Brass & Glass Lens, Italy 1959
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Scarce flush mount light by renowned architect and designer Tito Agnoli. Model 4448 B, created in Italy in 1959 and manufactured by O-Luce. Lacquered aluminium, brass and Fresnel o...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Stilnovo Table Lamp, 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare pivoting desk lamp by Sabine Charoy for Stilnovo, Italy 1970, white enameled metal and chrome, wired for US standards, two E12 sockets, max. wattage 60w each, bulbs provided as ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Steel, Chrome

Organic Pendant in Opaline Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant, opaline glass, metal, Europe, 1960s Wonderful organic pendant lamp. The vivid form of the pendant lamp catches the eye. The shade beautifully floats from the top while g...
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Admirable Angelo Brotto Pendant in Murano Glass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Brotto for Esperia, pendant light, glass, brass, Italy, 1970s Angelo Brotto's design is elegant by all means. On a brass fixation hangs a glass latern that is decorated wit...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Italian Lantern in Pulegoso Glass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Italian lantern in pulegoso glass. Italy 1960s.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal

Two Oscar Torlasco Chandeliers, Glass Gilt Brass, Italy, 1960s
Located in Graz, AT
One of two large and beautiful Italian chandeliers designed by Oscar Torlasco in 1968, Italy, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970 (late 1960s or early 1970s). The chandelier is ma...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Brushed Brass Sconces, 1970s
Located in Graz, AT
A pair of brushed solid brass wall lamps, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1970. The lampshade consists of three organically shaped brass sheets. The backplate has one socket for a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Table Lamp 'Palio' by Arteluce, Copper Opal Glass, Italy, 1985
Located in Graz, AT
An Italian table lamp model 'Palio' designed by Perry A. King & Santiago Miranda, manufactured by Arteluce, Italy, 1985. It is marked at the bottom. The light has a black enameled me...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Copper, Chrome, Metal

Spiral Cascading Chandelier with Glass Shades, Italy, 1960s
Located in New York, NY
Italy, 1960s Sculptural cascading chandelier with five deeply cast stepped glass shades encased in colored enameled metal frames, polished brass mounts. Measures: 12 Ø x 50 H Rewired...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Tall Seguso Vetri d’Arte Green Scavo Glass Lamp
Located in Troy, MI
Pale green Scavo style murano glass lamp by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, circa 1960s. Flared, vessel form lamp body has a single standard sized internal socket and sits on a flared pedestal ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Murano Glass

Pair of Italian Silver and White Glass Lamps with Patterned Shades
Located in Troy, MI
Pair of Italian glass lamps feature a black glass base and silver glass columns accented with white glass rings, circa 1980s. Fabric shades are included and have black and white wove...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Fabric, Art Glass

Oscar Torlasco for Lumi Milano Swiveling Table Lamp
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Oscar Torlasco for Lumi Milano, table light in brass and metal, Italy, 1960s. Very elegant 1960s Italian table lamp designed by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi  Milano. The stem is made ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Oscar Torlasco, Table Lamp, Lacquered Metal, Brass, Glass, Lumi, Milano, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A desk light / table lamp. Designed by Oscar Torlasco, produced by Lumen Milano, Italy, 1950s. All original unrestored condition. Features lacquered metal, brass, glass. Other...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

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 Lighting

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Chrome

Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconces for Arteluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconces for Arteluce. Executed in white painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over a standard Americ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Aluminum

Swedish Designer, Chandelier Light, Brass, Rattan, Sweden, c. 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A chandelier, designed and producec in Sweden. c. 1950s. Assorted vintage rattan lampshades.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Large Size Mid-Century Chrome Wall Lights by Staff Leuchten, Germany, 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large size midcentury chrome wall lights produced by Staff Leuchten, Germany, 1970s. The pleasant light it spreads is very atmospheric, these wall scones or fixtures will contribute ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp Romeo by Louis Kalff for Philips, 1960s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning Mid-Century Modern table lamp or desk lamp. Design by Louis Kalff for Philips. Striking Dutch design from the 1960s. Grey lacquered metal disc shaped shade and base with ...
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1960s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Division Wall Sconce or Flushmount in Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Mesh and Blown Glass
Located in New York, NY
Division wall lamp or flushmount ceiling fixture in blown glass, enameled mesh and bronze by Blueprint Lighting, 2020. A striking study in material and texture, Division is a piece ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass, Bronze, Enamel, Chrome, Nickel

1950s Adjustable French Desk Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1950s French desk lamp. Metal base, wood stem in a black finish and brass adjustable arm. Newly rewired and fitted with a new custom silk shade.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Aureliano Toso Mezza Filigrana Venetiano Glass Table Lamp, Dino Martens
Located in San Francisco, CA
Soft bell shape murano glass with gentle red gold and black gold spiral details, base in silver gilt finish. The lamp is in great condition, electric has been checked and is in goo...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Glass

Eight Midcentury Wall Lights with Structured Glass and Brass, Europe 1970s
Located in Almelo, NL
Eight midcentury wall lights, in glass and brass, Europe, 1970s. This elegant square wall lights features four small rectangular structured glass shades and a rectangular opaque ...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Beautiful and Elegant Pair of Italian Solid Brass 'Orgue' Appliques, circa 1955
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful and elegant pair of original, solid brass (not plated), italian 'orgue' appliques, circa 1955. Each sconce features three uplighters and two downlighters, each lamp complet...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Italian Double-Cone Wall Lights
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wonderful articulate Italian wall lights with off-white/light grey enameled double cone shades on dark patinaed brass armature with a pronounced handle for shade adjustment, wired fo...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Two "Noce" Wall Lamps by Achille Castiglioni for FLOS
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two Noce wall lamps by Achille Castiglioni for FLOS. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1972. Painted die-cast aluminum, printed glass. Original EU cord. We recommend one E27 25w ma...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Aluminum

Oscar Torlasco, Table Lamp, Lacquered Metal, Brass, Glass, Lumi, Milano, 1950s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A desk light / table lamp. Designed by Oscar Torlasco, produced by Lumen Milano, Italy, 1950s. All original unrestored condition. Features lacquered metal, brass, glass. Other...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Metal, Brass