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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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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Italian Vintage Crystal Chandelier or Lantern with Bronze Frame, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous vintage midcentury chandelier or lantern with beautiful work of crystal beads and glasses on brass / bronze lamp frame. Original from the midcentury, made in Italy, 1950s. ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Crystal, Brass, Bronze

Italian Wall Lamps with Black Shades and Brass Mounts
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Italian wall lamps, metal, brass, Italy, 1950s. These lovely Italian wall lamps feature a perfectly shaped shade. The organic form consists of a semicircular bottom shade and a cy...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Ceiling Light by Stilnovo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stilnovo Ceiling Light. Frosted glass and aged brass. Original canopy. Rewired for U.S. standards. We recommend six Qty E14 Sockets 10W. Lightbulbs not included.
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Large Set Midcentury Lights with Brass Frame & Large Handblown Glass Globe 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Large set hotel ceiling/wall lights with brass frame and large hand blown glass. The lights are beautifully thanks to the hand blown glass. These lights were originally founded at la...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Ceramic Table Lamp by Jacques Poussine
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Single glazed ceramic table lamp by the French artist Jacques Poussine, sold with a new shade with Dedar fabric. Jacques Poussine is a French artist born in 1923 in Albi (south of F...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Ceramic

Pair of Maison Charles Orgues Wall Sconces
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Pair of 1970s original Maison Charles Orgues wall sconces made of two steel tube attached together. Stamped on the back.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Isamu Noguchi Akari 70N Light Sculpture
Located in Dronten, NL
Akari 70N lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi, 1951. Manufactured by Ozeki & Co. in Japan. Bambu structure covered by washi paper. Rewired for U.S. standards. New cord and canopy from N...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Bamboo, Paper

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Chandelier Model 1239
Located in New York, NY
Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte elegant chandelier or suspension light with large curved polished crystal glass disc atop frosted glass diffuser with central brass ornament, and suspend...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Adjustable Triennale 3 Arms Chandelier Brass, Stilnovo Style, Three Hues of Blue
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Bespoke chandelier with three arms that are counterbalanced. That allows to move the arms up and down. The heads are on a pivotting joint to they can reach any desired angle. This c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Sistema, Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier, for Oval dining Table
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Second SISTEMA chandelier with 3 sections and 6 arms. Ideal for an oval dining table. It works well also over an island or a counter, and still great on a rectangular table. With a r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Brass

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 6 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the luxury version of the Sistema chandelier, the shade is made of a thin cut precious ivory onyx slab. Ivory onyx comes from middle east quarries and has a unique...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Onyx, Brass

1950s Giuseppe Ostuni Red Cone Table Lamp for Oluce
Located in Glendale, CA
1950s Giuseppe Ostuni red cone table lamp for Oluce. This petite classic design is executed in lightly patinated brass and red painted metal in good vintage condition. Shade swivels ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Michel Buffet Model #B207 White Table Lamp
Located in Glendale, CA
Michel buffet model #B207 white table lamp. This authorized edition is still made by Michel Buffet in France with many of the same small-scale manufacturing techniques and craftsmans...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Steel

Flush Mount Brass and Glass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Low Ceiling Best
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This chandelier belongs to the Orbitale collection. Designed to give a design option for a low ceiling it has a height of 32 cm a bit less than 13 inches. Arms and shade holders a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

XL Mid-Century Modern Holophane Paris Street Pendant Lights, France, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
This is a large original late 1960s Paris globe Holophane Street light from Paris, France now turned into a pendant light. The hallmark of Holophane luminaries, or lighting fixtures,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Glass

Sistema Solare, Luxury Ivory Onyx and Brass 8 Rotating Orbitale Arms Chandelier
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sistema Solare is the variation of the Sistema chandelier where the shade is made of a thin cut Ivory Onyx slab. Actually the whole project started for this incredible material. Ivor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Onyx, Brass

Orbitale Grand Planetario Brass Chandelier 8 Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier that belongs to the Orbitale collection. I gave the Planetario name for the 8 planets and the sun representation. it's just one of the best chand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wood 24" Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
A Scandinavian Modern style pendant. Also use this as a Mid-Century Modern statement with this organic modern shade offered in several wood types. Modern lighting for alcove, entrywa...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Acrylic, Wood, Bentwood

Orbitale Brass Chandelier 5 Rotating Balanced Arms, Stilnovo Style, Brass Shades
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Sculptural bespoke brass chandelier. Shown with 5 rotating arms. April 2022. Added photos from beautiful home projected by Elad Cohen of Alex Meitlis studio. Great photography fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Leather Sconce Light in Camel, Noma, Talabartero Saddle Lamp Collection
By l'aviva home
Located in New York, NY
The lamps in this collection are inspired by Colombia’s equestrian heritage, layered with a jewel-toned color palette that takes inspiration from the works of Colombian artist Ferna...
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21st Century and Contemporary Colombian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Style Valverde Floor Lamp Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st Century Contemporary Art Deco Style Valverde Floor Lamp Polished Brass Clear Glass Handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. A luxurious Art Deco floor lamp, Valverde cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Mid-Century Modern Lighting

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Stilnovo Chandelier Attributed circa 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stilnovo chandelier, Italy, 1960s Six glass bells.  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

Articulated Sconce Mid-Century Modern Stilnovo Style Solid Brass Black and White
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
This beautiful sconce has three moving joints. The middle one can be with key, for changing position every once in a while, or screw for fixed position. The one on the backplate can ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Metal

Grand Midcentury Flushmount, Chandelier in Structured Glass and Brass, Europe
Located in Almelo, NL
Extreme 62" large flushmount chandelier, in glass and brass, Europe, 1960s. Wonderful and very heavy quality flushmount chandelier made in Europe, manufactured, circa 1960s. The c...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Eight-Arm Brass Chandelier, Ivory or Black Heads, Gold Inside in Stilnovo Style
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Best size for dining room use. Enchanting 54in - 135cm diameter chandelier. Midcentury eight-arm spider chandelier with ivory or black shades and natural patinated brass. Pivotting...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Jacques Moniquet Pair of Brass Sconces for Cheret AAM Paris, circa 1975, France
Located in Brussels, BE
Nice Jacques Moniquet pair of brass wall sconces. Small edition by Chéret AAM Paris, circa 1975, France. Compressed polished brass, black perspex, each piece produced by Moniquet i...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Set of Midcentury Lights with Brass Frame and White Pearl Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury hotel ceiling or floor lights with brass frame and large hand blown white frosted glass globes. The lights are beautifully thanks to the hand blown glass. The pleasant lig...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Brass Ceiling by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Superb ceiling in brass with cubic and sculpted Murano glasses. Creation by Studio Glustin.
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Great 18 Palmette Shallow Flush Ceiling Mount, Murano
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Here the larger version of the successful 12 leaves compact palmette ceiling fixture. This group of shallow ceiling mount Murano chandelier was first designed for a luxury yacht lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modernist Chandelier with 30 Handblown Opaline Glass Globes
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modernist extreme large chandelier with 30 handblown opaline glass globes. The fixture is made of metal with a chrome-brass patina. Therefore an interesting color is visi...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Scandinavian Outdoor Ceiling Light, Norway, 1960s
Located in Oslo, NO
Decorative ceiling light with a wonderful glass shade in blown glass on a steel wireframe. Most likely designed and made in Norway from the second half of the 1960s. The lamp is full...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pi Cavo Flushmount by Sergio Mazza
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pi CavoFlushmount by Sergio Mazza. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1970s. Painted aluminum, raw aluminum, and clear sandblasted glass. Rewired for U.S. standards. We recomm...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Natural 19" Wood 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 Lighting

Materials

Other

Pair of Mid Century Glass Wall Lamps, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Pair of mid century murano glass wall lamps. Beautiful blown glass with orange color to create a beautiful light. Very good condition Labeled 1960s - Italy Dimension: ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Murano Glass

Pair of Italian Sconces by Mazzega, 1970s
Located in Palermo, PA
Pair of Italian sconces by Mazzega, 1970s. Dimensions: H=19 cm; W=18 cm; D=13 cm.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Set of Three 1950s Wall Lights, Pierced and Lacquered Steel
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare set of three midcentury wall lights. Dome-shaped with scalloped edges and multiple piercings in varying sizes. One original brass E14 socket with new wiring. Priced and sold as ...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Steel

Massive J.T. Kalmar "Catena" Murano Glass Flushmount Chandelier, 1970s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Glamorous brass and Murano glass flushmount ‘Catena’ by Kalmar. 18 large "ribbons" in clear and bubble Murano glass are suspended from a large brass back plate. twenty four E14 socke...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern 11.5" Flush Mount Light Fixture
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 North American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Acrylic, Burl, Wood, Hardwood, Bentwood

Murano Glass Ceiling Pendants
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Murano glass ceiling pendants Made for us exclusively in Italy Hand blown glass, custom finished metal Available in brass or patinated brass Italy 2021 Rewired for US Overall d...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Flush Mount Hallway Light, 1970s
Located in Oslo, NO
Decorative flush mount ceiling lamp in blown glass on a metal wire frame. Designed and made in Norway from circa 1970s first half. The lamp is fully working and in good vintage condi...
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1970s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

"Butterflies" Chandelier by Studio Glustin
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
This majestic chandelier is featuring a brass armature and Murano glass butterflies in colored in gold, yellow and amber. Modern creation by studio Glustin. The size in customizable.
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Three-Tier Murano Opal Silk Glass Tube Chandelier, 52 Glasses
Located in Gaiarine Frazione Francenigo (TV), IT
Italian vintage chandelier in Murano glass and nickel-plated metal structure. The armor polished nickel supports 52 large Opal Silk glass tubes in a star shape. Period: late XX cen...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Blown Glass

Ceiling lights by Siemens, a pair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ceiling lights by Siemens, a pair. Made in Germany 1940s. Model JL20-T3 Opaline and acid etched glass, nickel plated steel.
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1940s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Table Lamp Model 2466 Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Table lamp model 2466 designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden. 1950s. Brass and silk shade. An understated and timeless design, the model 2466 by Josef Frank is found i...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stilnovo Style Wall Light, Brass and Lacquered Aluminum
Located in Bochum, NRW
Inspired by the Italian mid-century designs, this wall light will make the focus center of your interior. Two arms piercing the center, each ending with a aluminum lacquered shade, d...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Pendant Lamp ‘Nictea’ in Patinated Brass
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Flos, pendant lamp ‘Nictea’, brass, Italy, 1961. Afra and Tobia Scarpa pendant lamp in patinated brass. The ‘Nictea’ pendant lamp is a beautiful example of...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Functionalist Flushmount Ceiling Light, 1950s
Located in Oslo, NO
Decorative ceiling light in green glass with embossed surface and base in porcelain. Designed and made in Norway from circa 1950s first half. The lamp is fully working and in very go...
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1950s Scandinavian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Porcelain, Glass

Pair of Italian Mid-Century Design Wall Lights 1950 Stilnovo Style Brass Opaline
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Stylish & timeless ! These Italian 1950 mid-century design wall lights in the style of Stilnovo Marvelous combination between brass & opaline glass ! These wall lights look amazi...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Wood Veneer Chandelier Pendant
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian design is a contemporary pendant in wood veneer with a Danish design style and an organic modern feel. There are many luxury design applications for this pendant, i...
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2010s North American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Hardwood, Organic Material, Wood, Poplar, Bentwood

Torsten Thorup & Claus Bonderup for Fog & Mørup "Semi" Pendant Lamp
Located in Zagreb, HR
White painted aluminum witch hat lamp shade. Porcelain E27 socket The lamp is in good original condition, it has two very small and hardly noticeable indentations on the metal shade...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Floor Lamp by Maison Lunel, 1950
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of floor lamp in black lacquered metal and brass, composed of a circular base in black lacquered, a brass ring articulated by a ball joint, receiving on both sides two conical ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

1 of the 6 XL Wall Sconces Barovier & Toso Murano Glass and Gold-Plated, 1960
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 8 elegant and exquisite hand blown murano glass Barovier & Toso 19.7" Height wall sconces. Each light fixture consists three blown murano gold flaked glass leaves surrounded...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Extra Large Mid-Century Modernist, 1950s Flush Mount Chandelier, Doria Leuchten
Located in Almelo, NL
(XL-size) Gorgeous, 1950s Mid-Century Modernist flush mount chandeliers was designed by Doria Leuchten, Germany. It features multi-tiered layers of textured ice glass tubes connected...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Linden Table Lamp, by Studio DUNN
Located in Rumford, RI
The Linden table lamp features a cream linen shade and lamp body, solid hardwood walnut base, and brass details. A study in duality, the piece explores the balance between soft, flow...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

1 of 3 Large Murano Glass Wall Sconce by Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1970s
Located in Aachen, NRW
Large Murano Wall light made by Barovier & Toso, Italy, circa 1970-1979. High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned, well-wired and ready to use. Brass Frame. The sconce req...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Floor Lamp by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Floor lamp by Oscar Torlasco for Lumi. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1955. Brass, enameled metal adjustable shade. Original EU cord. We recommend Lamping: 120v E27 socket...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Floor Lamp, 1970s / Germany
Located in Praha, CZ
- New parchment paper hand made lampshade - Good original condition - Cleaned.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Pendants in Brass and Art-Glass with White Streaks, Austria, 1960s
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury pendants, in brass and art-glass, Austria, 1960s Large ceiling lamp-pendants with brass and large hand blown art-glass globe. These clear hand blown glass globe are deco...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Lighting

Materials

Brass

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