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Post-Modern Table Lamps

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Guzzini Postmodern Italian Cobra Table Lamp
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Guzzini, table lamp, metal, plastic, Italy, 1970s. A Postmodern table lamp from Italy that features a dark foot and tilted metal base and a big shape on top. This shape of the lam...
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1970s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Two Vintage Toucan / Pelican Lamps, New in Box, Taiwan, 1990s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Two classic vintage pelican (or sometimes referred to "toucan") lamps, designed by Huo-Tu Huang and fabricated by Huangslite, Taiwan, between 1998-2006. These two are of the earlier ...
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Late 20th Century Taiwanese Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

OBJ-01 Steel Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 steel table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: hand-polished steel that is sealed with beeswax All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage conve...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Memphis Style Table Lamp, circa 1980
Located in Vienna, AT
Desk light from wood and glass-fiber, Italy post-modernism Very good condition, the wood was lacquered in white, blue and black, the glass-fiber dome shows no damages. One bulb w...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan, Hand Formed Clear PVC Crinkle Lamp, MOMA Collection
Located in St. Louis, MO
Lyn Godley & Lloyd Schwan clear frosted PVC Crinkle lamp on round steel base, with early 1996 paper label. In fine condition, works, no damage. Bio/History The last piece des...
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1990s American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Burnished Aluminum Task Table Lamp with Steel Base and Brass Arm
Located in Treadwell, NY
Collection I: Delta lamp A modern reinterpretation of the industrial work light, the delta lamp rotates 360° to focus subtle lighting where it is needed most. Dimensions: 16.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Crystal Glass Standing Light 'Exhale' by Catie Newell
Located in Geneve, CH
Crystal glass standing light, exhale by Catie Newell, WDSTCK Studio Measures: Diameters 30 cm Materials: Crystal glass, stainless steel Exhale skillfully encases a single blow o...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Midcentury Italian Postmodern Murano Vetri Glass Table Lamp in Pink & White
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A gorgeous Italian art glass table from the 1980s. The lamp features a hand blown glass body, Lucite base, faceted glass shade and brass details. Tested, working and ready for use.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Nova Table Lamp by William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
Nova table lamp by William Guillon Dimensions: H 34 x D 24 cm Materials: Caste bronze, porcelain. William Guillon William Guillon’s main influences are strong artistic moveme...
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2010s French Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Bronze

Ingo Maurer, Limited edition Bibibibi lamp, 1982
Located in Uppsala, SE
Ingo Maurer designed the Bibibibi in 1982 originally as a wedding present for friends. The legs came from a plastic Stork, which Maurer had seen at Woolworths. The birds were sold ou...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Alberto Donà Mid-Century Pair of Crystal Murano Glass Table Lamps Gold, 1992s
Located in Murano, Venezia
This definitely modern table lamp is part of the collection of the maestro Alberto Donà. Although the glass is very simple in crystal, the shape of the glass blocks is adorned by th...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal

Eclectic Perspex Table Lamp, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lucite post-modern table lamp, Italy, 1970s A Custom designed shade of faux leaves and ostrich feathers make this lamp very fitting to the ugly cool design trend. Post-Modern circa 1...
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20th Century Unknown Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic, Acrylic, Fabric

OBJ-01 Stainless Steel Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 stainless steel table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: stainless steel All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage converter is available for ...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Pier Giuseppe Ramella, Tikal, Pair of Table Lamps, Arteluce, 1982
Located in Paris, FR
Pier Giuseppe Ramella Tikal A pair of table lamps, each with a blue glass half-disc surrounding white half-spherical shades on each side, on a spreading central stem. Produced...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Large Murano Glass and Italian Marble Table Lamps
Located in London, GB
A large pair of Post Modern Italian table lamps with conical Carrara marble bases, bronze mounts, fittings and large semi opaque Murano glass globe shades. Very good quality and dime...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Carrara Marble

Postmodern Italian "Shogun" Table Lamp by Mario Botta for Artemide, 1980s
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage Artemide table lamp, model Shogun – a design by the architect Mario Botta (1985). An impressive lamp being a typical design originating from the Memphis-Milano movement. ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Pair of Postmodern Table Lamps Stilnovo, Italy c1980
Located in London, GB
Bruno Gatta (1904-1976) founded Stilnovo in 1946 in the suburbs of Milan in northern Italy. The company was founded to merge cutting edge manufacturing processes with innovative mate...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Gravity Floor Lamp, Blackened Steel - Canvas Shade
Located in Berkeley, CA
The new Gravity collection designed by Space Copenhagen, consisting of a table lamp and a floor lamp, is aesthetically contrasting strength and fragility. Taking its name from the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Mid Century Italian Post Modern Dove Desk or Table Lamp by Barbaglia and Colombo
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A cool post modern design by Barbaglia and Colombo for PAF Studio made in Italy circa 1980's. It features a swiveling base, articulating arm, matte black finish, with hi/lo switch. T...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

In Stock White Kamino Floor Lamp, LED Lighting Fixture by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for a White Kamino lamp in stock (5" diameter x 48" height). The Kamino lamp was a spontaneous exploration on how objects can meet the ground using aspects of the obj...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Concrete, Steel

Pair of Spanish Black and white "Bambina" Table Lamps by Fase, 1980s
By Fase
Located in Badajoz, Badajoz
Iconic piece of Spanish design by Fase from 1980s. Model "Bambina", also is called as Bambino. This pair of table lamps also have the possibility of hanging on the wall as wall scon...
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1980s Spanish Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Jo Niemeyer Belux Tubo 01 Table Lamp Switzerland 1984
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice minimalist table lamp model Tubo 01 designed by Jo Niemeyer and manufactured by Belux, Switzerland 1984. This adjustable table lamp is made of a chrome plated metal tube wi...
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1980s Swiss Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Martine Bedin Super White Memphis Milano Postmodern
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Famous super lamp designed by Martine Bedin. Six-light bulb along with its back. With wheel and movable. All white color model.  
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Ettore Sottsass Tahiti Table Lamp for Memphis Srl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The ultimate Sottsass table light!! Anthropomorphic (looks like a parrot)!! The head w/ lamp swivels up and down. His Sottsass-designed "Bacteriae" laminate on the base! An a...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Italy 1970 Duoble Faced Inox Steel and Plexiglass Table Lamp
Located in Brescia, IT
This beautiful table lamp is a unique piece products in the 1970 by an Italian factory. It is a prototype of a collection never produced by Sealine and designed by the Italian artist...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Postmodern Aluminum and Acrylic Lamp circa, 1980s
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Postmodern spun aluminum and acrylic lamp. Diffuser is positionable in a multitude of different ways. It is equipped with a dimmer switch as well.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Yellow Charme Table Lamp, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Yellow Charme table lamp, Sander Bottinga. Dimensions: H 73 x W 38 x D 25 cm. Hand-sculpted in brass, leather, wood and dip dyed colored Fringes in viscose. The movable arms makes i...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Small Italian Table Lamp in Red
Located in Vienna, Austria
This table lamp is made in solid metal, red lacquered for one light with 25 Watt.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Circle Blue Grey, Floor Lamp, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Light object, floor lamp, circle blue grey Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid with leather Dimensions: H 160 x W 27 x D 16 cm ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Floor Lamp Masanori Umeda Japanese Postmodern Zen Japan Style
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Floor or table lamp deigned by Masanori Umeda. This lighting consists of stainless frame and plastic covered washi Japanese paper shade. Shade has original washi texture.
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1990s Japanese Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Pop Art Lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega
Located in New York, NY
Vibrant and playful Pop Art lipstick lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, Italian, circa 1960s. This example is in very fine, original, clean and working condition, it accepts standard s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Ingo Maurer Cork Lamp for Design M, Germany, 1974
Located in London, GB
The late Ingo Maurer (1932-2019), founder of design company Design M in Munich, designed intriguing lighting for over 40 years. His output is distinctive in form and concept. His des...
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1970s German Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Cork

Pair of Rare Large 1980s Table Lamps by Rodolfo Dordoni for Foscarini Murano
Located in München, DE
Pair of very rare large 1980s table lamps by Rodolfo Dordoni for Foscarini Murano. Model "Fruits Tavolo". Manufacturer Foscarini. Made in Italy. Typical postmodern minimalistic desi...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Ron Rezek Vintage Pair of Perforated Metal Sconces
Located in Portland, ME
Ron Rezek's design expresses the humanistic side of 1980s Industrial Design with Bauhaus restraint, but the result is familiar and accessible rather than sterile. This pair of wal...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Super Table or Floor Lamp by Martine Bedin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Super table or floor lamp by Martine Bedin. Probably one of the cutest Memphis lights every, with rollable wheels, many a child over the years enjoyed this lamp as either a toy, ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Fiberglass, Rubber

Richard Sapper for Artemide Italian Postmodern Tizio Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Richard Sapper for Artemide pair of Italian Postmodern 'Tizio' halogen table lamps or desk lamps with articulated arms and rotating bases, made in the late 20th century. 33" H x 33" ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Oceanic Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oceanic table lamp by Michele De Lucchi (Italy) Michele de Lucchi was arguably the most important designer of the Memphis Group, apart from the founder Ettore Sottsass himself. Th...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Raw TOTEM III, Table Lamp, Signed William Guillon
Located in Geneve, CH
TOTEM III - Table lamp - Signed William Guillon Limited Edition of 12 Signed and Numbered Solid aluminium, smoke nickel Dimensions: 75 x 14 x 13 cm Hand-sculpted in France ...
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2010s French Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Large Pair of 1970's Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of decorative table lamps, each having three lights, mounted on a chrome arm. Each light has a circular smoked lucite shade, which can be lit independently, or simultan...
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

Aluminum Industrial Task Table Lamp with Bronze Hardware and Walnut Base
Located in Treadwell, NY
Collection I: Cylinder lamp Inspired by the streamlined forms found in aviation design, the high polish aluminum cylinder that houses the fixture’s LED light source cantilevers ov...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Bronze, Steel

Ensemble of Three Floor Lamps, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Ensemble of three floor lamps - Sander Bottinga Light object - floor lamp - circle blue grey Handmade in brass, leather, wood and hand printed and painted linen. A dimmer is inlaid w...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Kamino Floor Lamp, Handmade LED Lighting Fixture in Concrete and Latex by Mtharu
Located in Calgary, Alberta
This listing is for the Kamino floor lamp (5" diameter x 48" height). The Kamino lamp was a spontaneous exploration on how objects can meet the ground using aspects of the object its...
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2010s Canadian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Concrete, Steel

Metropolis Brass Table Lamp, Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Metropolis brass table lamp by Jan Garncarek Dimensions: 81 x 52 x 25 cm Material: Brass Handcrafted by Jan Garncarek. Signed Jan Garncarek is an important contemporary designer, g...
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2010s German Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Bespoke Italian Post Modern Rose Pink Murano Glass Geometric Couture Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A fun modernist table / desk lamp, a contemporary organic creation entirely hand made in Italy, the geometric shape inspired by a fashion tailored suit design, the waisted middle par...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

1970s Kovacs Denim Clad Table Lamp
Located in Garnerville, NY
Signed George Kovacs denim clad table lamp. Crazy fun 1970s denim table lamp when designer jeans like Jordache, Sasson, and Vanderbilt were all the rage. Good condition with some...
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1970s American Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Fabric

Green Charme Table Lamp, Sander Bottinga
Located in Geneve, CH
Green charme table lamp, Sander Bottinga Dimensions: H 73 x W 38 x D 25 cm Hand-sculpted in brass, leather, wood and dip dyed colored Fringes in viscose. The movable arms makes ...
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2010s Dutch Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

OBJ-01 Brass Table Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 brass table lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 38 x W 22 x D 7 cm Material: brass All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage converter is available for other countries. ...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Postmodern Italian Memphis Design Yellow Red Green Blue White Murano Glass Lamps
Located in New York, NY
A 1980s unique pair of Italian colorful Murano glass lamps in the style of Ettore Sottsass for Memphis. Constructed with tiers of highly vibrant and geometrical colored blown Murano ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

OBJ-01 Brass Floor Lamp by Manu Bano
Located in Geneve, CH
OBJ-01 brass floor lamp by Manu Bano Dimensions: H 122 x W 24 x D 12 cm Material: brass All lamps are wired for the US, but voltage converter is available for other countries. ...
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2010s North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Stainless Steel

Andrea Bellosi Arc En Ciel Rainbow Table Lamp, 1980, Italy
Located in Vienna, AT
Iconic arc-en-ciel by Andrea Bellosi for Studio Alchemia , Italy circa 1980 Rare original projector light from white marble, metal and prismatic glass. It projects a rainbow in mult...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Marble

1 2 3 Table Lamps Post Modern Geometric French Pop Art 1980's
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
1 2 3 Table lamps with geometric and pop art influences of the Post Modern 1980's Enamelled steel in white, red and yellow Manufacturer or designer unknown Produced in Fra...
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1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Steel

Modern Red White Plastic Vintage Table Lamp 1980s
Located in Vienna, AT
Modern red and white vintage table lamp from plastic, 1980s. The table lamp is signed on the side with the initials HG, probably the initials of the artist, while the upper part feat...
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1980s Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Table Lamp "Oscar" by Ygnacio Baranga, 1985
Located in Rijssen, NL
Light 'Osqar', 1985 Post Modern Metal Brass Light Object "Osqar" by Ygnacio Baranga, 1985 A Postmodern table lamp and a really remarkable design object. The glass and mirror are f...
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1980s Hong Kong Vintage Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel, Chrome

Rare Postmodern Memphis Era Desk Lamp in Chrome Enamel Metal and Glass
Located in San Diego, CA
A very unique desk /table lamp freshly rewired, enamel finish on base and shade with 2 clear glass inserts circa 1980s, we have restored the lamp it's very unique, with a Memphis Pos...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Metal, Chrome

Postmodern Italian Solid Travertine Table Lamp
Located in San Diego, CA
Postmodern Italian solid travertine table lamp, circa 1980s. The lamp is in good vintage condition and the travertine base measures 4"W x 4"D x 16"H (20"H to the light socket). We ca...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Travertine

Modern Peach Lucite Midcentury Monumental Sculptural Egg Form Table Lamp
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury monumental ostrich-egg pink Lucite or resin or acrylic modern sculptural table lamp. Wood base. Listing is for single lamp. Two available. Lampshade not included.
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20th Century North American Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite

Mauricio Klabin Eclipse Lamp, 1982
Located in Miami, FL
Eclipse lamp by Mauricio Klabin.
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Plastic

Roger Rougier Illuminated Lucite Figural Conch Shell Lamp, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Roger Rougier Illuminated Lucite Figural Conch Shell Lamp, Mid-Century Modern. Rare Rougier mid-century production. Can be used on floor or table. Conch shell illuminated from wit...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Lucite