An aside: Mid-century lighting seems to suffer from a serious dearth of solid attributions. In my search for more information on these pierced brass lamps, I generally come across three names:
I sometimes see any brass lighting pierced with tiny holes very optimistically attributed to Paavo Tynell, the Finnish designer of some rather splendid chandeliers and other fixtures. I’d love to think that was true, but I do not think this is right.
The other name often bandied about is that of Gerald Thurston, a designer who worked for Lightolier. Some of his designs are certainly well-documented through Lightolier advertisements and catalogues, but again, if it is pierced brass, his name gets thrown out there.
Gaetano Sciolari? If it is chrome or brass and has a swank vibe to it, it must be Sciolari, right? As with Tynell and Thurston, the designer’s name becomes an adjective more than an actual attribution and simply helps to quickly identify the overall style and look of a piece.
I like mid-century brass items of all sorts, such as these Swedish brass candlesticks by Ystad Metall.
And some designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk:
Just as I was getting ready to post this, Apartment Therapy posted about brass lighting--read about it here.
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