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Lighting or illumination is the deliberate use of light to achieve a practical or aesthetic effect. It includes the use of both artificial light sources like lamps and light fixtures, as well as natural illumination by capturing daylight. Daylighting (using windows, skylights, or light shelves) is sometimes used as the main source of light during daytime in buildings. This can save energy, which represents a major component of energy consumption in buildings. Proper lighting can enhance task performance, improve the appearance of an area, or have positive psychological effects on occupants. Indoor lighting is usually accomplished using light fixtures, and is a key part of interior design. It can also be an intrinsic component of landscape projects. It is valuable to provide the correct light intensity and color spectrum for each task or environment. Otherwise, energy not only could be wasted but over-illumination can lead to adverse health and psychological effects. Beyond the energy factors being considered, it is important not to over-design illumination, lest adverse health effects such as headache frequency, stress, and increased blood pressure be induced by the higher lighting levels. In addition, glare or excess light can decrease worker efficiency. (wikipedia.org)

  • Beautiful Space Age / Atomic Age ceiling lamp with 5 lights
    Beautiful Atomic Age ceiling lamp with 5 lights

    Beautiful Space Age / Atomic Age ceiling lamp with 5 lights

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    Beautiful ceiling lamp made in the 1970s. The piece is representative for Space Age/Atomic Age Design. It has 5 lights with spherical lampshades, diametrically arranged around a central axis made of dark brown metal. Simulating as the model of an atom (or, more precisely, of how electrons gravitate around the nucleus), this is a very beautiful piece and is in very good vintage condition. The Space Age is a time period encompassing the activities related to the Space Race, space exploration, space technology, and the cultural developments influenced by these events. The Space Age is generally considered to have begun with Sputnik (1957). During the 1950s, architecture, furniture, interior design, cars, and gadget design took on a curiously spaceflight-inspired aesthetic.
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  • Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp
    Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp

    Beautiful Val St Lambert crystal lamp

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    Spectacular table lamp signed Val Saint Lambert. This hand-made piece is made in the 1960s by the most prominent crystal manufacturer in Benelux, official supplier to H.M. the King of Belgium. Signed on the bottom, "Val St. Lambert". Still has the original label. The piece is in a very good condition. History of Val St. Lambert: In June 1826, smoke was rising from the chimney of the Cistercian abbey in Seraing, near Liège: the first furnace of the Val Saint Lambert Crystal Works had just been fired up. Val Saint Lambert would rapidly emerge as the epicentre of the Belgian crystal industry. For all the preconditions for a successful industry were met: the vicinity to the Meuse, a coal-rich region, a rail network, and even the enormous monastery facilities, which were ideally suited for artistic and craft activities on a large scale. The end of the 19th century ushered in a golden age for Val Saint Lambert. The site around the former abbey expanded into an impressive village with more than 180 worker dwellings, with small gardens, a school, a shop, and even a hospital. In the crystal works, by now world famous, some 5,000 employees produced 120,000 unique crystal creations each day. World War I brought an abrupt end to the expansion. Several key markets disappeared: the Balkans, the Russian tsars and Germany. The great depression of 1929 and the bombardment of World War II meant a further decline for the crystal works. This situation lasted up to the 1960s and 1970s, before two major innovations breathed new life into Val Saint Lambert: the introduction of the diamond disc for better cutting and engraving, and the replacement of the traditional pot furnace by a bath furnace, which melted solid raw materials into liquid glass. From the 1970s the company’s history is marked by several restructurings and takeovers. Today, the Val Saint Lambert Crystal Works are in the hands of the Onclin family, which aspires to reinstate the brand on a global level. Source: val-saint-lambert.com
    300 
  • Set of Two Space Age pendant lamps made in Denmark

    Set of Two Space Age pendant lamps made in Denmark

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    Set of two Space Age pendant lamps made in Denmark, in the late 1960s. The set is in a very good shape, with only small age-related traces. The set is representative for both the Scandinavian Modern and Space Race aesthetics and could be accommodated in any contemporary home.
    80 
  • Little beige table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s
    Little beige table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s

    Little beige table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s

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    Elegant and discrete little ceramic table lamp made in Germany, in the 1980s. Colored in beige, this piece is incredible beautiful in its simplicity and is in very good vintage condition.
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  • Very rare stoneware table lamp made by Joseph Simon for Soholm Stentoj
    Very rare stoneware table lamp made by Josef Simon for Soholm Stentoj

    Very rare stoneware table lamp handmade by Joseph Simon for Soholm Stentoj

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    Very rare stoneware table lamp designed and handmade by Josef Simon for Søholm Stentøj, Denmark, in the 1960s. The body, made of glazed ceramic, is remarkable due to its exquisite circular decoration in colors that speaks about earth, sand and sky. The lamp is signed on the bottom, "Simon", has the Søholm Stentøj mark, the production number and also a "handmade" stamp, not to mention that Søholm Stentøj is not a lights factory but a ceramic art studio that values ​​the design and quality. The lamp is in very good condition. An extremely rare and refined piece of Danish Modern design. Denmark has a rich tradition of producing Fine ceramics and original pottery dating back several hundred years and one of the greatest was Søholm. Søholm was founded in 1835 and is the oldest ceramic factory in Bornholm, a Danish island famous for its pottery and fine ceramics artisans. The pottery from the 1950s-1960s is often characterized by the sleek lines, streamlined design and innovative use of materials - just as the famous Danish Mid-Century Furniture. The factory closed in 1996.
    250 
  • 9 lights brass chandelier made in Italy, in the 1950s
    9 lights brass chandelier made in Italy, in the 1950s

    9 lights brass chandelier made in Italy, in the 1940s

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    Elegant yet spectacular 9 lights radial chandelier made in Italy, in the late 1940s or early 1950s. This radial chandelier features 9 arms made of brass with shades made of glass and black metal fixtures. It is in its original condition and displays all the major characteristics of International Style / Mid-Century design, alongside with reminiscences of Stile Liberty and Art Deco. An exquisite piece, resembling a bouquet of tulips. The chandelier is kept in good condition. Italy's Stile Liberty took its name from the British department store Liberty, the colorful textiles of which were particularly popular in Italy. Notable Italian designers included Galileo Chini, whose ceramics were inspired both by majolica patterns and by Art Nouveau. He was later known as a painter and a scenic designer; he designed the sets for two Puccini operas Gianni Schicchi and Turnadot. The Teatro Massimo in Palermo, by the architect Ernesto Basile, is an example of the Italian variant of the style, architectural style, which combined Art Nouveau and classical elements. The most important figure in Italian Art Nouveau furniture design was Carlo Bugatti, the son of an architect and sculptor, and brother of the famous automobile designer. He studied at the Milanese Academy of Brera, and later the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His work was distinguished by its exoticism and eccentricity, included silverware, textiles, ceramics, and musical instruments, but he is best remembered for his innovative furniture designs, shown first in the 1888 Milan Fine Arts Fair. His furniture often featured a keyhole design, and had unusual coverings, including parchment and silk, and inlays of bone and ivory. It also sometimes had surprising organic shapes, copied after snails and cobras.
    600 
  • Space Age UFO ceiling lamp made in Germany
    Space Age UFO ceiling lamp made in Germany

    Space Age UFO ceiling lamp made in Germany, in the 1960s

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    Spectacular UFO Space Age ceiling light made in Germany, in the mid 20th century. The light consists of two plates of yellow glass with geometric decorations (black lines). Made in the 1960s and resembling an UFO, this is a representative piece fort the aesthetics of the Space Race era. The Space Age is a time period encompassing the activities related to the Space Race, space exploration, space technology, and the cultural developments influenced by these events. The Space Age is generally considered to have begun with Sputnik (1957). During the 1950s, architecture, furniture, interior design, cars, and gadget design took on a curiously spaceflight-inspired aesthetic.
    350 
  • Magnetic Ball wall lamp by Benny Frandsen
    Magnetic Ball wall lamp by Benny Frandsen

    Magnetic Ball wall lamp by Benny Frandsen

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    Famous magnetic Ball wall lamp designed by Benny Frandsen in the late 1960s, the lamp that led to the founding of the ABO Randers A/S company. It is in a very good shape, with only small age-related traces. This wall light enroll in both the Scandinavian Modern and Space Race aesthetics, being an icon of European design in the second half of the 20th century. Benny Frandsen (b. 1941, named after jazz-clarinetist Benny Goodman) is a Danish designer and lighting producer. He was educated as an electronics engineer but his passion was to design light. By 1966, he had already designed some lamps for a discotheque, and then Frandsen tried to convince his boss to start a lighting production, but no luck. Afterwards, Benny Frandsen established Frandsen Lamps in 1968, by himself, and was located in his home in Skanderborg in Jutland. He designed geometric lamps, but the business was slow. Frandsen discovered that, the Danes wanted round lamps and not geometric lamps, so he began designing a round light instead. Here emerges the ultimate round lamp, a ball that was attached to a wall bracket with a magnet. This was a game changer for Frandsen. Everybody wanted the Ball wall lamp with magnet. Since then, there has been made many variations of this Ball lamp. In 1972, Frandsen starts a factory in Skanderborg, to keep up with the many requests. But by 1993 the company is sold to the Frits Concern, whom merges the lighting production with Lyskilde. This led to Frandsen winning the role of the director, under the new company name, Frandsen Lyskilde. Eventually Benny Frandsen buys the company back in 1996, as the Frits Concern closes, and reestablishes Frandsen Lighting.  
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  • Atomic Age orange table lamp made by AKA Electric

    Atomic Age orange table lamp made by AKA Electric

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    Orange desk light made by AKA Electric in Germany, in the 1970s. The angle and height of the shade is adjustable along the structure of the lamp. The materials (aluminum, metal, plastic, etc.), the colors (chrome, orange) and the shape of this beautiful lamp are all typical for the Atomic/Space Age design, which marked the aesthetics of the 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition and have all the original elements (label, switch, electrical cord, plug). Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design.
    75 
  • Atomic Age ceramic ceiling lamp made in Germany
    Atomic Age ceramic ceiling lamp made in Germany

    Atomic Age ceramic ceiling lamp made in Germany

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    Atomic Age pendant ceiling lamp made in Germany, in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The lamp shade is made of glazed ceramic. The vivid colors (of earth and fire), the organic lines and the circular shape, all shows the influence of the Atomic/Space Age aesthetics. The cord is adjustable. Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design. Free-form organic shapes also appear as a recurring theme in Atomic Age design, reflecting x-ray technology that was becoming more widespread and familiar in pop culture. These botanic designs influenced later Atomic Age patterns that included repeating organic shapes similar to cells and organisms viewed through a microscope. Vital forms, or abstract organic forms, were identified as a core motif.
    125 
  • Beautiful Art Deco table lamp made in Belgium, in the 1940s
    Beautiful Art Deco table lamp made in Belgium, in the 1940s

    Beautiful Art Deco table lamp made in Belgium, in the 1940s

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    Elegant table lamp made in Belgium, in the 1940s. The sober, minimal, geometric shape is doubled by the elegance and the rigor of the Art Deco Style. The lamp features a metallic body and a fabric lampshade. It is kept in very good vintage condition.
    100 
  • Elegant ceramic table lamp made by Soholm Stentoj

    Elegant ceramic table lamp made by Soholm Stentoj

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    Beautiful ceramic table lamp designed by Einar Johansen and produced by Søholm Stentøj, Denmark, in the late 1960s. The body, pear-shaped, is remarkable due to the simplicity of line and earthy colors. Søholm Stentøj is not a lights factory but a ceramic art studio that values ​​the design and quality. The lamp is in very good condition. Einar Johansen was a Danish ceramicist, who trained as a painter at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, but later changed his mind and became a pottery maker. He had his own pottery in the period 1935-1958. He was employed at Søholm in the period 1958-1968, and designed several, beautiful stoneware and pottery – among these, his famous blue glazed stoneware. He worked for Knabstrup (a Danish Pottery) in the early 1970s. Søholm Stentøj was founded in 1835 by Edvard Christian Sonne and Herman Sonne Wolffsen in Bornholm, Denmark. The factory closed in 1996.
    150 
  • Table lamp made by Pfaffle Leucheten-Schwenningen
    Table lamp made by Pfaffle Leucheten-Schwenningen

    Table lamp made by Pfaffle Leucheten-Schwenningen

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    Beautiful, minimalist table (desk) lamp made by Pfaffle Leucheten-Schwenningen in Germany, in the 1950s. This sober, geometric piece is distinguished by the elegance and rigor specific to German designers and makers. The lamp features nice sculptural lines through the double adjustable arm on a rectangular, discrete base.
    150 
  • Atomic Age yellow table lamp made in Germany

    Atomic Age yellow table lamp made in Germany

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    Atomic Age yellow table lamp made in Germany, in the 1970s. The angle and height of the shade is adjustable along the structure of the lamp. The materials (metal, plastic, etc.), the colors (chrome, bright yellow, black accents) and the shape of this beautiful lamp are all typical for the Atomic/Space Age design, which marked the aesthetics of the 1970s. The piece is in good vintage condition. Atomic Age in design refers to the period roughly corresponding to 1940–1960 and extending in the 1970s, when concerns about nuclear war dominated Western society during the Cold War. The discovery and development of the Electron microscope had also a huge impact. Architecture, industrial design, commercial design (including advertising), interior design, and fine arts were all influenced by the themes of atomic science, as well as the Space Age, which coincided with that period. Atomic Age design became popular and instantly recognizable, with a use of atomic motifs and space age symbols. Retrofuturism is a current resurgence of interest in Atomic Age design.
    75 
  • Ceramic orange glazed table lamp made in Denmark
    Ceramic orange glazed table lamp made in Denmark

    Ceramic orange glazed table lamp made in Denmark

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    Beautiful ceramic table lamp made in Denmark in the 1960s. The base lamp, made of ceramic, is distinguished by the play between the vivid orange glazed top and the naked clay (without glaze)  brown bottom. Both the color and the technique are specific to the period. The piece is kept in a very good condition, without visible defects and has all it's original elements (lightbulb socket, switch, electric cord, plug).
    125 

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