Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mid-Century Eames 1950's Floor Lamp



My newest baby!

After careful consideration, and a long time browsing, (oh, been looking about two years or so), I was able to score the freakin' awesome 1950's floor lamp in the colors I wanted, at a price I liked.

I know people prefer the floor to ceiling tension pole lamps. We used to have one when I was a kid.

By the way, we also had a matching tension pole set of shelves. I've never seen or heard of another. Have you?



At any rate, I carefully considered the pros and cons of the tension pole lamp, and went with the floor lamp.

There's no issue with it "working right", (meaning, it being able to be tight enough against the floor and ceiling), it can be easily moved, and it won't mess up any spots on the ceiling! And in my area, in case of a moderate earthquake, it stands a better chance of standing.


Fingers crossed the eBay gods will get it here in great shape, and that it's as advertised!!




The last set of killer triple tiered blond end tables I got?



Well, one back leg is an inch short! Really short! How the heck did that happen!?

Because they assemble in many pieces, I think if I reassemble it switching out the "legs" between each layer, eventually it will "right" itself, but jeepers, it seems every item I get has an issue!



But I'm happy to report, the big lamps I got for the master bedroom are fantastic! Big lamps is just what it needed. I almost settled on small table lamps.





I hope all your buying experiences are working out for you!

Happy Tuesday!
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29 comments:

  1. Wow where are you getting this awesome stuff! Just Ebay? I'm trying to turn my apartment into more atomic era living but I'm having such a hard time finding things. These are awesome!

    In May I'm going down to my grams to pick up one of those old 1950s chrome tables with the marble looking top (I forget what they are called)

    xoxo

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  2. yes, eBay, but only because the thrift shops around here suck, the antique shops price things at 20X what eBay rates are, and Craigs List sells nothing but crap in my area.

    Congrats, I think you mean a formica table!

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  3. Wow! We had a tension lamp like the one you got in the same colors when we moved to our new house in 1961! I'll try to find pix, but I agree. The tension poles are easily messed up. I have a cool one, but I have to prop it up with a can under it! Well, it's behind something, so it's not noticible!

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  4. ZSM, I'm simply going to cut a very small block of wood the height I need for that one table leg, if I have to!

    I don't mind flaws so much, but I don't like surprises when I buy these things lol...

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  5. Wow now its your turn to get an awesome lamp, ha ha!

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  6. I love that lamp! Wow!

    Also bummer about the tables, wth? What a pain!

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  7. Love your lamp! I too have been looking for the right lamp. It takes time. Congrats on your find!

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  8. great ebay scores! those lamps are pretty dang killer!

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  9. I want some big lamps too! I haven't really come across any in England.
    I love the different colours in your floor lamp.

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  10. I'm not 100% crazy about the big lamps for the master bedroom, but the size, color and shade shape was exactly what I needed, and the price was right, so... I got tired of waiting on the "perfect large pair".

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  11. O wow i adore that lamp i have never seen one like that, what great pastel shades to. You really do have a good eye for searching and finding stuff out. Sorry about the tables i hope they right themselves for you. dee x

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  12. I had the tension pole shelves when I was in high school....three white shelves....oval in shape with the pole through the fatter end, and they turned at different angles.....havent thought of them in years....the shelves were white plastic and it was 1965.

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  13. Wow!! That's just awsome, love your new lamp:D It's a really great find! Haven't seen any like that around here.. Love the colors on the lamp shades of it!

    Hmmm maybe someone had a chew of the table leg??;)

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  14. Tables are in great condition, Mary. That's what's so odd. Either one leg was always short, or I'll have to try swapping around the short in-between pieces and see if that helps.

    I wish sellers would mark each piece to the exact part it came from. Only one seller ever did that and it worked perfectly.

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  15. That lamp literally just melted my heart. I don't even know how I am typing this right now. O_o
    I've been reading forever and finally figured I owed your lovely blog a comment. I'm going to start blogging myself soon.. maybe.. hopefully- but I digress...
    LOVE the lamp! I'm all about the late 50s/early 60s turquoise & pink combo in any room, on any item, in any way! And like you, I too would've went with the floor style. ;) I have a pretty fantastic floor lamp in my living room, if I do say so myself...but it doesn't compare to that baby!
    To wrap up this post, I will end by saying I am smitten with your new lamp and your blog. ^_^

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  16. Great finds! I love them all. I agree with you about floor lamps too. Much easier than pole lamps.

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  17. The floor lamp is rockin' (and sadly, so are the tables it sounds like)! I haven't really bought much lately, but your fantastic lamps are giving me the itch to go shopping!

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  18. I love your new floor lamp, great colors!!!! My parents use to have blonde end tables but I haven't found them as I've been cleaning out their house, they must have sold them years ago, darn it.

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  19. Hello there, I have just found your blog through Lakota's Faith Hope and Charity shopping. Love the pink! What a stunning lamp, I love the ice cream coloured shades. I have just blogged about the dressing table I bought from e bay, but luckily, I didn't have to wait two years to find the right one! xx

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  20. RaquelleBelle Thank you! Oh yes!! Start your blog so we can see your cool stuff too!! I'm happy to be your first "follower" =)

    The master bedroom in my 50's home has always been pink, the curtains are pink and turquoise I'm going to put up, and it's a great color combination!

    Hahaha Holly!! Rockin' is right!

    Donna I have no idea what happened to my folks' original blond bed tables either. I have the small matching table, but it needs to be refinished. =(

    Hiya Cherry and thanks! Will go check out your blog! =)

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments!

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  21. Looove that lamp! Your house must be a real mid-century museum! Such a great era design wise.

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  22. How could anyone not be blissful (and charming) every day surrounded by accouterments like those? Love them all.

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  23. That is a great floor lamp, nice find!

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  24. I have a lamp similar to this one, but the three lights are brass plated metal and have one of each color red, green, and clear glass shades. It also has curved pieces of wood arcing outwards that are on the pole and the lights are connected to. I'm having a hard time finding this lamp online to find out value, it only has a pat pend mark, and says Side-A-Lite. Do you happen to know anything about this? Thanks so much!!

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  25. Hiya anon...

    No sorry, I'm no expert either lol...

    eBay is the place to check, I'd say. You'll get an idea on the value from similar lamps if nothing else. :)

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