A lamp company that was founded at the start of the retro period and spanned the entire era was the Marbro Lamp Company. It was started in 1950 in Los Angeles by Morris Markoff and his brother and catered to the stars of the day who were after one-off pieces of furniture, figurines and, most notably, table lamps.
The Marbro table lamps that were created were part of a collection that was put together by some of the foremost artisans who had a great deal of experience before they were brought to the company. The lamp bases that were used to make Marbro lamps were sourced from around the world and were then custom finished before being matched to the lamp shades that were all handmade.
In many cases the table lamps that were produced by the company were made to order and hence were one of a kind products. This means that the Marbro lamps were not made to a set specification resulting in quite an eclectic array of lamps that cover a range of colors, styles and shapes.
The materials used to create Marbro lamps were also widely varied so you can find lamps made from brass, alabaster, porcelain, Murano glass with the common denominator always being that they were made to a very high standard.
These lamps are still very collectable items and can fetch extremely high prices. The company produced many fine products over a period spanning over 40 years. With the formative part of the company’s history coinciding with the retro era there can be no doubt that the style was a big influence on other lamps that were created throughout this period.
Marbro Lamps no longer exists but when it did the lamps could only be purchased through interior designers with personal knowledge of the company or a few upscale furniture stores.
We have a selection of Marbro table lamps for sale available to be browsed through at your leisure.