When it comes to quintessential mid-century modern light fixtures, you can never go wrong with the Moe Light company (later Thomas Industries). These Moe Light exterior lighting fixtures are no exception.
Mid-Century Modern track lighting systems are excellent for bringing versatile and contemporary illumination to a large, dark room while staying authentic to an older home or vintage decor aesthetic. Mid-century modern track lighting was typically designed in a sleek, ultra-modern style reflecting the cutting-edge concept of ceiling lamps that could be adjusted, moved and removed without constant rewiring. Check out some of these mid-century modern track lighting systems we have collected over the years.
Vintage Lightolier fixtures are fabulous statement pieces that never fail to deliver on quintessential mid-century style. The company has been around since 1904, and has made a conscious effort to create aesthetically pleasing light fixtures for the home since the 1920's. Lightolier still exists today, creating high-quality residential and commercial lighting that is thoughtfully-designed and visually appealing. Here are a few examples of the many stunning mid-century modern Lightolier ceiling fixtures from our past and current collection.
We have been the proud owners of a few Robert Sonneman lamps. Sonneman lamps have that retro futuristic vibe we are just in love with. This Post Modern Robert Sonneman lamp was designed for Koch & Lowy and most likely dates from the 1980s. The tall 76-inch floor lamp has four long aluminum tubular poles that flower upward to cradle a bowl-shaped torchiere shade. The lamp is bolted to a heavy cast iron base formed in a low-profile pyramid shape. Hidden inside the dome shade is a powerful halogen bulb and silver reflector. The lamp is equipped with a foot switch dimmer, so the brightness can be adjusted from mellow mood lighting to a bold wall washing effect.
This mid-century modern Brutalist table lamp measures an impressive 29 inches to the top of the socket. A modernist psychedelic sculpture of a lamp, the body looks like an abstract free form carved piece of solid wood. The center is hollow, allowing light to pass through the other side. The lamp cord floats vertically through the hollow center. I am certain the base is made of wood, but the body is likely made of a Syroco or Burwood style nut resin cast from a one of a kind hand carved piece. This 1950's Brutalist table lamp has quintessential retro style, and is finished in an antique green with metallic gold paint accents. Its large size makes it an instant focal piece for any room. The lamp is wired with a heavy-duty ceramic over-sized 1.5 inch socket, which is not uncommon with lamps of this age. Of course, you can't go down to your local drug store or grocer to buy 1.5 inch incandescent light bulbs these days. Rewiring these old sockets is an obvious solution. For an easy fix, you can purchase a 1.5 inch to 1 inch socket adapter to use today's standard light bulbs (we keep a "vintage" ceramic socket adapter in our toolbox to test and photograph lamps we find fitted with this unusual-looking socket. This lamp is designed to hold a standard opal / milk glass torchiere diffuser shade, and the wire frame of any standard shade sits on top of the diffuser.
This Progress Lighting mid-century modern chandelier ceiling fixture is equal parts traditional and space age. The five-arm light fixture is made of shiny chrome tubular steel and holds clear glass globe hurricane shades. The arms swoop downward and sharply upward to a vertical position. Large chrome cylinders house the bulb sockets and hold the shades snugly in position. The fixture is hung by a 21-inch silver swag lamp style chain (links can be removed to shorten the fixture height). It's a classy blend of traditional and modern, perfect for the dining room or entryway, but would make a bold statement in the living room, too. This mid-century modern chandelier was restored to excellent cosmetic condition with chrome polish, ultra-fine steel wool and old-fashioned elbow grease.