Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MCM Lighting by Gerald Thurston for Lightolier

Gerald Thurston was a contemporary designer for Lightolier in the 50-60's where he perfected modern and streamlined lighting designs. Thurston's designs were inspired by Lightolier's affiliation with Arteluce, an Italian company founded by aeronautical engineer and modern lighting pioneer Gino Sarfatti. Arteluce gained renown in the 1950s as an international reference point for the modern architecture movement in lighting. Thurston adopted Sarfatti's utilitarianism and sophisticated lighting effects. As a result, Thurston focused on developing directional beams that could be moved wherever the user wished and on designing lamps with multiple levels of lighting.

A Gerald Thurston tripod table lamp, brass and walnut legs with enameled metal shades

This desk lamp is affectionately referred to as the "cricket lamp."

I've seen a few variations of Thurston's swing-arm wall lamp.
The ads above show two variations (spoiler alert - we will show you another version in an upcoming post)

The Lytespan Floor Lamp was fully customizable, allowing you to click any combination of lights on the lamp pole (there were 17 different styles and colors).
A recent auction estimated the value of this Gino Sarfatti "Triennale" Floor Lamp at $7,000 - 10,000
You can definitely see the similarities when looking at Thurston's "Triennale" Floor Lamp

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