Most everyone can agree that it's hard to imagine paying $300 OR MORE for a Stiffel table or desk lamp? Am I right?
Well, I will show you exactly why you should invest in Stiffel Lamps today, or why someone else did, and how to take care of the Stiffel Lamps you now own.
So back to paying $300 for a lamp. It's hard for me to imagine paying so much for a lamp, but then again I never thought I would be paying over $1,000 for a memory foam mattress or $200 for a pair of designer jeans. But why did I?
In our disposable society, we forget how paying a premium for quality items allows us to use fewer things because we don't have to throw them out when they inevitably wear out in a few months. Sadly, many people stop analyzing and thinking about the true lifetime value of what they are shopping for, and especially when it comes to lighting. A lamp is a lamp, right? Or is it?
Is the bottom line the only factor in purchasing a lamp, or should the materials and quality of an item play a part? Is there more to why The Stiffel Lamps Company has been made and treasured in America for over 80 years?
Below you will find every reason to not only invest in a Stiffel Lamp or Stiffel Lamp Set but how to care for that lamp so that it lasts for generations.
The Stiffel Lamp Company is embedded in American History and Tradition and many people hand down Stiffel Lamps from generation to generation. So we asked ourselves, "What do the people want to know about the company in the present day, as well as its history and man that founded Stiffel all the way back in 1932?"
When we set out to write this guide we wanted it to be the most comprehensive, centralized piece of information on the internet regarding all things having to do with Stiffel Lamps:
So just below will be a quick links reference list of topics we discuss regarding all things Stiffel Lamps. If you know what you are looking for, click on one and get your answer right away, or if you want to know everything there is to know about Stiffel Table Lamps and why LampsUSA values them so much, then read the whole article.
Stiffel Lamps are not just lamps like any other lamp. They are truly pieces of art that function to not only light a room but act as decoration and many lovers of Stiffel Lamps will plan their interior design around their favorite lamp set or Stiffel table lamps or floor lamp.
While other companies find cheap workarounds that compromise the quality and longevity (not to mention aesthetics) of their products Stiffel adheres to time-tested methods of designing and producing each piece of art, they call a Stiffel Lamp, by hand.
It takes up to a week, from pouring the initial cast to polishing off the last imperfection, to make the perfect product get the Stiffel Lamps Seal.
Whether it be a Stiffel Antique Brass 3 Way Table Lamp, (pictured below)
or their new line of Stiffel's take on contemporary and modern floor, desk or table lamps, you can rest assured that you will love your new Stiffel Lamps.
But if for some crazy reason the lamp or lamps set you choose isn't EXACTLY what you wanted, LampsUSA will let you return or exchange them. No. Questions. Asked.
So when you make the decision to treat yourself to Stiffel Table Lamps or desk lamps or a Stiffel Brass Table Lamp, you know that you are getting a lifetime of quality and design that no other brand comes close to.
Watch this short video made by LampsUSA if you want to know about the Stiffel Difference.
You treat yourself to a Stiffel Lamp because you know that true quality and craftsmanship coupled with an unparalleled design is not something that everyone truly appreciates. Owners of Stiffel Lamps pride themselves on not only recognizing beauty but truly appreciating it. The founder of the Stiffel Lamps Company made designer lamps in 1932 when an interior design wasn't a job, and lights were meant to keep a room lit.
As if that is not enough today, sadly, still many lamps are meant to simply keep a room lit. They are cheap, plastic light holders. Stiffel Lamps can light a room without their patented Stiffel switch even turned on because they are crafted with design and purpose. Stiffel lamps are meant to be seen and prized because they contain an attention to detail not found in big box store cheap lamps.
Just like my mattress and jeans, they can appear to be overpriced, but when you consider that I get over 10 years of use out of them, well, then the jeans are only $20 a year and that becomes a bargain because quality and craftsmanship always outlast a good deal at Big Lots!
You wouldn't believe me if I told you a Stiffel Table Lamp for only $300 ends up costing less than $6 a year when you factor in a lifetime of use! Their value only skyrockets when you remember that many families pass down Stiffel Lamps as heirlooms for generations.
The Stiffel Lamp Company has a unique history and a place in Americans hearts since its humble beginnings in 1932. Before Stiffel Lamps, if you wanted a luxury, designer lamp that was not just functional you had only one company to go to, Tiffany. Today there are many "designer" lighting companies but none with the history that the Stiffel Lamps Company has.
There are many reasons to be interested in the history of Stiffel Lamps beyond just being a history buff:
Regardless of why you are researching the history of the Stiffel Lamps Company, you will find your answers here.
Ted Stiffel started the Stiffel Lamps Company back in 1932 when it was quite a risk to start making designer lamps and lighting products when almost no one else was doing it.
Even though Ted Stiffel no longer runs the show today, all Stiffel Lamps are still handcrafted and designed to be a unique piece of art. From the tiniest details, like a stamp on the top of the lampshade metal, to the hand polishing to finish the lamp base, Stiffel Lamps are made like no other lamp and look like no other lamp.
Stiffel Lamps did well early on, but during WWII they started making bolts for the war effort until the government contracts dried up. After the war, Ted Stiffel went back to doing what he does best, designing and manufacturing high quality, one-of-a-kind lamps.
Today the tradition carries on, although not in Chicago, but in New Jersey. In a 40,000 square foot facility, each Stiffel Lamp is still made in the tradition of its founder. You can find a full article by a lighting magazine about Cutting Edge Bringing Back the Stiffel Lamps Brand Here.
A quote is taken directly from Stiffel Lamps websites on how the new will merge with the old:
"The new Stiffel line will be targeted toward lighting showrooms and high-end shops as opposed to the mass merchants that had ended up distributing the brand through its last days at retail. “The lamps will have solid brass sockets and feature high-quality plating,” Filler explains. The initial product launch will be inspired by Stiffel designs of the past. “Wherever we can re-introduce original designs, we will,” Filler notes, adding, “We’re also going to roll with the times and offer some more contemporary styles.”
Check out this video below of the Stiffel Lamps factory to get an inside look at how the process works today:
Stiffel even had to sue Sears and Roebuck a long time ago and by1964 it went all the way to the Supreme Court!
When re-designing a room or choosing a table lamp for your room and you are planning on investing a lot into the room you want to make sure you get the right lamp with the right look.
Luckily for you, if you decide to get your Stiffel Lamps or Lamp Shades from LampsUSA then you can always rest assured because we offer:
So if you don't get it right the first time LampsUSA will stick with you until you find exactly the right Stiffel Lamps for whatever room you are searching for. Give us a call and our expert staff will help you find the perfect Stiffel Table or Floor Lamp for your room.
Stiffel Lamps are known best for the traditional stylings and classic touches, like the always popular Stiffel Brass Table Lamp or the Stiffel 3-Way Table Lamp Antique Brass. The 3 way lamp is pictured below and the Brass Lamps well I will show a few pictures:
If your room, whether a living room, family room, dining room or office, has classic stylings and maybe other vintage paintings, furniture, sculptures or antiques, then classic or traditional Stiffel Lamps will suit your room best. We have seen many rooms that have art collections and furniture from around the world and they are accented perfectly by Stiffel Lamps.
While Stiffel is best known for its traditional Stiffel brass lamps or its classic stylings, they have recently branched out and started to produce more casual styles.
It gets better if you are a minimalist or lover of modern art and design. If you are designing a room that has a new look or a ore modern feel to it, like something with clean lines and minimalist stylings then Stiffel has started making some table lamps like the Stiffel 3-Way Table Lamp Polished Nickel casual design lamps. The Stiffel Lamps company are working on designing more and more contemporary and modern looking/feeling table lamps, floor lamps and lamp shades to match.
The Stiffel Lamps Company has a huge selection of contemporary style table lamps.
A perfect example of a Stiffel contemporary table lamp that can be mixed and matched to fit any style of home or even individual room that has a more contemporary feel. is the 29" h Contempo 3-Way 1-Light Table Lamp Gun Metal color. To the right is a picture of this unique design and amazing lamp:
From this amazing gun metal color to the various types of nickel colors from polished nickel to antique nickel. Below are two types of nickel that are described above. Click on the pictures to go to that specific contemporary table lamp or any of the above links to go to the general Stiffel Lamps contemporary table lamp page.
LampsUSA is always looking for ways to make it easier for you to find the perfect Stiffel Lamps for your home to create the perfect look. Whether you are searching for the right style, size or color then LampsUSA has you covered. Check out this simple menu:
So you can narrow down your selection by whatever means you would like:
Use the menu pictured above to narrow down your search on any page but specifically from the main Stiffel Lamps page.
You know we have all faced this problem with some item that we cherish and maybe others don't get it but to us this item, in this case your Stiffel Lamps, need to be cleaned and made to look like new or it is out with the old and in with something you are not sure you will like!
So how do we save your favorite Stiffel Lamps? Fortunately, because of the high quality materials used and careful construction of Stiffel Lamp Bases, the shade themselves will war out long before the lamps themselves.
The answer is actually a lot easier than you think. So I have one product that I believe will solve 85%+ of the Stiffel lamp shade problems that Stiffel Lamps owners are running into. I will deal with the other 15% in just a minute.
I am about to introduce you to the single most simple interior design secret out their for cleaning and restoring any dirty or used, but especially vintage and antique, lampshades. It is called the Sparkle Plenty LampShade Cleaner!
Here are a few quick tips from the Sparkle Plenty Page:
Previously, if your Stiffel Lamp Shade got ripped or just plain got worn out then you had to either have some vintage professional lampshade guru fix or repair your damaged lampshade or your had to get a lamp shade that came close to matching your Stiffel Lamps.
Well with the introduction of official Stiffel Replacment Lampshades you can now replace your old, vintage or damaged Stiffel Lamp Shade with an authentic, made by the Stiffel Lamps Company themselves, lampshade.
LampsUSA is currently in the process of adding the new Stiffel Replacement Lamp Shades to our site so either check back or ask and we can special order for you. Just say to make Eric do it :-)
While we sell a lot of new Stiffel Lamps and Stiffel Table Lamps made of many of the same materials as the originals were made we are not professional restoration experts. We found a few answers that might help you but we highly suggest you talk to a restoration expert.
There are a lot of factors that go into determining the value of Vintage Stiffel Lamps or if you just have one then lamp. How old is it? Was there another designer involved because if it were designed by Tommi Parzinger during the Mid-Century Modern period then it would be worth considerably more than a Stiffel Lamp from another period.
At Justcollecting.com when discussing Vintage Stiffel Lamps they are said to rarely hit auction houses and only usually go for between $100 and $500. Not bad for a lamp used for a lifetime but if you were looking to strike it rich off Grandmas lamp then you better start looking elsewhere.
Of course they also state "On June 12th 2011 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, a pair of Stiffel table lamps, designed by Tommi Parzinger in the 1960s, realised a price of $2,500."
So who knows maybe you can make a little off a vintage stiffel lamp.
If eBay or Etsy are any clue then just check out the prices for various Stiffel Lamps on eBay and then head over to Etsy. Click anywhere it says eBay or Etsy to go to the pricing that people are asking!
Below is a checklist to go over to help you determine if spending the time to find the vintage Stiffel Lamps Value is worth it.
If you came to this blog looking for ways to fix an old Stiffel Lamp then maybe you should take a look at what they have to offer now. Whether you just have a Siffel Floor Lamp you love or have three rooms with Stifffel Table Lamps Sets there is always room for more beauty and quality in every home. We hope that you learned something, whether it was about your Stiffel Lampshade or how to figure out the vintage Stiffel Lamps value or if you found a new style of Stiffel Table Lamps you just have to own then this blog has been a success. Join our newsletter for updates on more brands, trends and to know when we have special sales just for our email subscribers. And if you haven't found what you are looking for then click below.
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