Is it a room divider? Is it a pole lamp? Is it a display shelf? Yes!

mid century modern pole lamp room dividerThree consistently desirable accessories for many owners of mid century homes are pole lamps … room dividers … and display shelves. Well, clever reader Carin recently spotted — and nabbed — this interesting thingamabob that combines all three. It’s a room divider that installs like an adjustable, floor-to-ceiling pole lamp … It features working lights in one of the poles …. And has shelves to display tall vases, too. What a great piece. Carin writes:

We found this AMAZING room tension divider hidden in the corner of a crowded store.

mid century modern pole lamp room divider

The lighting globes are pristine and they work! Have not seen another one like it…a $45 STEAL.

I agree — a steal, Carin. There is nothing like scavenging the far, dusty reaches of thrift shops, vintage stores, estate sales and salvage places. Take your wet naps, a flashlight and lots of patience with you, people, and the Retro Decorating Gods will restore you in due course.

Thank you for sharing, Carin. I was particularly interested in seeing the complete unit — including how the pole installed at the ceiling, so I really appreciate your working with me to get these photos. With so many folks working very hard to conserve their money these days, I was thinking this design would be pretty straightforward to recreate, if you are handy. Once things settle down around my house, I might give this a try myself. This unit is particularly versatile because of its size, the integrated lighting and even those shelves.

Hey, I’d suggest something sticky, though — Poster Putty? — on the bottom of the vases. One tipsy bump and bye bye, Blenko! Also, be sure to have a professional check the wiring on anything vintage.


  1. Joy Baker says:

    Hey You!!! I am ready to buy this item for 45.00 of course how do i buy it!!! Thank you thank you thank you joy california blonde

  2. Judy says:

    Hi Pam Y’all, Do you know who the manufacturer of your room divider is? I’ve been searching online for weeks for one with that basic style, but which would accomodate my own display needs. That’s how I found your site!

    It would be a great cat climber, but that’s one reason I don’t have a cat at the moment.

    I grew up in Byram/Greenwitch Ct and saw some amazing homes/decor back in the 60S….

    I’ll definitely invest in the QuakeHold, thx.

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