7 Mid-Mod Lamps to Score This Month
Bidsquare Shines a Light on Rago’s February Unreserved Auctions
16 February 2018
by Jessica Helen Weinberg, Senior Content Editor at Bidsquare
Mid-century modern design hasn't seen a dim day in desirability since its conception in the 1940s. In addition to experimenting with materials and inventive silhouettes, the overarching appeal of modernism rests in its straightforward utility and clean concepts that click. This is especially true for lighting. Lamps don't have to be busy to make a statement and these upcoming bulb holders are anything but bleak.
Beginning on February 23rd, Rago will host their 3-Day Unreserved sales (Session 1, Session 2, Session 3) posing an exciting opportunity for those looking to score authentic mid-century modern designs for much less than usual. In an unreserved auction, there are no "safety net" prices keeping you from winning an item at the highest price (no matter how low) that's offered. No, this is not too good to be true, and that's why we're calling out several designs that you should be plugging in bids for!
Resembling a classical column, the bottom half of this Italian design merges with an unconventional, bowl shaped dome; you can even say it 'FLOS' nicely. This sought after 'Taccia' lamp was put into production in 1962 and has been conveying the luxurious side of lighting design ever since.
Founded in 1945, Oluce is the oldest Italian design company (specifically lighting oriented) still in business. This cherry red, no frills desk lamp is wonderfully blunt - a lamp, is a lamp, is a lamp!
When translated from Italian to English the 'pistillo' or 'pistol' refers to the female organs of a flower, after which this unique design is named. Determining how to display it, either on a table or as a wall sconce is entirely up to you!
Formed by melted acrylic, the Oba-Q K-Series lamp, or "ghost" lamp, gives off a soft glow as if its' light source is floating from underneath a sheet. Draped in personality and a quirky sense of humor, this lamp is simply phan-tastic!
Coming in a typical, mid-century modern choice of teak wood, this tall table lamp stands at 38" high. Complete with a drop down ball chain, it's easy to picture this fella warming up any home environment.
Known for his avant-garde style and Space Age fashion designs, Pierre Cardin also saw success in the home furnishing field. His sleek, geometric pieces are especially coveted.
As one of the founders of American modernism, George Nelson would rise to become an influential architect and the Director of Design at Herman Miller from 1945-1972; producing some of the most iconic designs of the 20th century.
Nelson designed his first 'Cigar Bubble' in 1952 by wrapping steel wires around in a cylinder and then spraying the form with translucent plastic. This piece, comprised of walnut, nickel and parchment gives off a calming glow well suited for the bedroom.