Mid-Century Madeleine Castaing Floor Lamp, circa 1960, France (LA_0118)

DESCRIPTION: Mid-Century Madeleine Castaing Floor Lamp. It’s a very decorative lamp and was made with bamboo in France.

CONDITION: Very good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.

DIMENSIONS: Height: 142cm (55.90in) Diameter: 50cm (19.68in)

ABOUT THE DESIGNER: Madeleine Castaing (French pronunciation: [madlɛn kastɛ̃], née Magistry; 1894–1992) was a French antiques dealer and interior designer of international renown. She was the friend and the sponsor of many artists, including Soutine, who made her portrait in 1928. Original, even whimsical, she revolutionized the world of decoration, creating the style Castaing which is now a reference.

ABOUT THE STYLE: Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is a design movement in interior, product, graphic design, architecture, and urban development that was popular from roughly 1945 to 1969, during the post–World War II period. The term was used descriptively as early as the mid-1950s and was defined as a design movement by Cara Greenberg in her 1984 book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. It is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. The MCM design aesthetic is modern in style and construction, aligned with the Modernist movement of the period. It is typically characterized by clean, simple lines and honest use of materials, and it generally does not include decorative embellishments.