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Mid-Century Sonneman Style Eyeball Floor Lamp

Mid-Century Sonneman Style Eyeball Floor Lamp


A vintage mid-century eyeball lamp in the style of Sonneman Lighting offered by Snowdrift Antiques.


Robert Sonneman founded New York City based Sonneman lighting in 1967. Sonneman introduced a new aesthetic to the world of lighting and revolutionized the industry by challenging old dictums. He combined form and function in innovative ways and introduced new textures and materials, creating the dramatic modern designs that would make “SONNEMAN—A Way of Light” a leading brand in the lighting industry.


This light, like many Sonnemans, is not marked so we can’t be 100% certain of its maker, but it displays all the style and design characteristics of a Sonneman. Online, lights of this style are typically attributed to Sonneman. This light is from the late 1960s to early 1970s.


This beauty comes in a hard to find color, the very mid-century shade of yellow/gold just slightly darker than “Harvest Gold”. It features an adjustable “eyeball” globe on top that can be turned 360 degrees. It is supported by two chrome rods that sit on the circular, colored base.  On the side of the base is the Underwriter’s Lab sticker, typical of the period.


This lamp stands 51 inches tall with a base diameter of 11 inches.


This piece is in excellent vintage condition. It has much less than age appropriate wear. The paint is strong, without fading. There are no dents or scratches.  The chrome is bright and without pitting. A lamp of this age and condition needs to be seen to be appreciated.



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