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Mid-Century Brutalist Table Lamp

Brutalist Table Lamp

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.

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