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    Vintage bedside table lamp made in Germany, 1980s

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    Beautiful bedside table lamp with globular body made of beige glazed ceramic and brown lampshade with light fixture. The design of the lamp is a classic, simple and elegant one, specific to the Mid Century era. The lamp gives a warm, pleasant and restful light. Fully functional, the lamp is in very good vintage conditions. E14 bulb is not included. Dimensions (HxWxD): 18x11x11 cm; Lamp Body (HxWxD): 9x9x9 cm; Lampshade (HxWxD): 10x11x11 cm; Lenght cord: 110 cm ; Weight: 500 g Even if the lamp work it is a vintage item, so we recommend that it be checked by a specialist before use. The item colour may slightly vary due to photographic lighting sources, sales platform settings or your monitor settings. For a more conclusive idea please see the detail pictures or ask for details. Thanks for your visit!  
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    Space Age Bubble Glass Bedside Table Lamp from Hawill, 1960s, set of two

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    These lovely lamps from the 60's have a typical look to the Mid Century design with a rectangular base made of cream-white and red plastic and the bubble glass lampshades colored in a smoky brown tint. Emitting a warm light, the lamps create a vintage atmosphere as pleasant as it is restful. Fully functional, the lamps are in very good vintage conditions. E14 bulbs is not included. Dimensions (HxWxD): 25x9x12 cm; Lenght cord: 110 cm ; Weight: 575 g (each) Even if the lamps work they are a vintage items, so we recommend that it be checked by a specialist before use. The items colour may slightly vary due to photographic lighting sources, sales platform settings or your monitor settings. For a more conclusive idea please see the detail pictures or ask for details. Thanks for your visit!  
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    Vintage desk lamp with flexible arm, Belgium, 1970s

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    Vintage desk lamp with a classic lampshade, flexible arm and round base.The lampshade and the top of the base are painted brown. Fully functional, the lamp is in good vintage conditions, with small signs of wear specific to age (see photo). E27bulb is not included. Dimensions (HxWxD): 42x14x20 cm; Lenght cord: 170 cm ; Weight: 1000 g Even if the lamp work it is a vintage item, so we recommend that it be checked by a specialist before use. The item colour may slightly vary due to photographic lighting sources, sales platform settings or your monitor settings. For a more conclusive idea please see the detail pictures or ask for details. Thanks for your visit!  
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    Scandinavian Modern table lamp by Uno & Osten Kristiansson for Luxus Vittsjö, Sweden, 1970s

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    Iconic table lamp for Mid Century Scandinavian design, designed in the early 70's by the Uno & Östen Kristiansson brothers for Luxus Vittsjö, Sweden. The stylized beech wood pedestal provide a simple and extremely elegant design that emphasizes the expressiveness of the wood fibers and which continues with a conical acrylic light dispenser, which supports the imposing original linen lampshade. The elegant silhouette of the light dispenser makes it possible to use the lamp without lampshade, depending on the interior design and the user's preference. The lamp generates a warm and comfortable light, which predisposes to relaxation and good mood. Both the wooden pedestal and the light dispenser are marked with the manufacturer's brand. The lamp is in excellent vintage condition, with all the original components, including the linen lampshade (there are few cases in which it can still be found, especially in perfect condition!) Dimensions: Wood pedestal: height 44 cm, diameter 11 cm Light dispenser: height 24 cm, diameter 32 cm Shade: height 30 cm, diameter 38 cm Electrics: Cord length: 200 cm; Cable-mounted switch; Lightbulb Socket(s): 1 x Edison Screw (E27 or ES), max.60W bulb (not included) Even if the lamp perfectly work it is a vintage item, so we recommend that it be checked by a specialist before use. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your visit!  
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The 1950s were marked by optimism, by rebirth, by the desire for a better, snug life. It is then no wonder that today, in the rush of the 21st century, we openly, admiringly and nostalgically look back to the atmosphere of those days.

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About Mid-Century

Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. The Mid-Century modern movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements, including the works of Gropius, Florence Knoll, Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Though the American component was slightly more organic in form and less formal than the International Style, it is more firmly related to it than any other. Brazilian and Scandinavian architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. Like many of Wright’s designs, Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century houses utilized then-groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. In Europe the influence of Le Corbusier and the CIAM resulted in an architectural orthodoxy manifest across most parts of post-war Europe that was ultimately challenged by the radical agendas of the architectural wings of the avant-garde Situationist International, COBRA, as well as Archigram in London. A critical but sympathetic reappraisal of the internationalist oeuvre, inspired by Scandinavian Moderns such as Alvar Aalto, Sigurd Lewerentz and Arne Jacobsen, and the late work of Le Corbusier himself, was reinterpreted by groups such as Team X, including structuralist architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Ralph Erskine, Denys Lasdun, Jorn Utzon and the movement known in the United Kingdom as New Brutalism. Pioneering builder and real estate developer Joseph Eichler was instrumental in bringing Mid-Century Modern architecture (“Eichler Homes”) to subdivisions in the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay region of California, and select housing developments on the east coast. George Fred Keck, his brother Willam Keck, Henry P. Glass, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Edward Humrich created Mid-Century Modern residences in the Chicago area. Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House is extremely difficult to heat or cool, while Keck and Keck were pioneers in the incorporation of passive solar features in their houses to compensate for their large glass windows. (source: wikipedia.org)