Jazzmine Mathieu. Chandelier. January 25th , 2018.
Next time you visit the Palace of Versailles, be on the lookout for this impressive permanent contemporary Swarovski chandelier envisioned by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The Gabriel Chandelier measures 12 meters in hight and weighs half a tonne. Moreover, the installation is composed of 800 crystal modules, threaded around a stainless steel skeleton containing a led lighting system.
“The drop itself is constructed of two parts: the brass screw cap, which houses the light, and the hand-blown crystal reflecting the light to create puddles on the floor below. To replicate the nature of raindrops, no two drops are blown identical. The name “The Pour” derives from the distinctive shape that the chandelier forms: an exaggeration of the dramatic motion of water pouring out of a carafe. Designed by forming a grid mimicking how puddles ripple outward in concentric circles, each teardrop is hung to brass pipes of varying lengths. Placed strategically on the grid, the teardrops lock into the mirrored base that fits seamlessly between the two existing columns. The mirrored base reflects the teardrops endlessly into the sky above and when lit. The chandelier echoes rain frozen in time with ephemeral puddles overlaid on the floor below.”
Jewelry for the home. Beautiful draping beads, glittering metals, crystals that catch the light – all are elements of fine jewelry, as well as fine lighting fixtures. Like a vintage broach, a light fixture adds that special touch to each room. Like diamonds, crystals on a chandelier reflect the light and sparkle. Light fixtures are the finishing touch to a room adding glimmer to catch the eye, the same way jewelry is for an outfit. Lighting, like jewelry, can push the envelope and be adventurous.
Mixed materials. Imagine the glamour of old Hollywood combined with contemporary design elements. The mix of metals, crystals, colors, and finishes in light fixtures helps bring a room to life in new and unexpected ways. Lighting fixtures can be as eclectic as any other piece of home décor. If your style is hard to categorize, a lighting fixture with mixed materials – glass, crystal, metal, wrought-iron – may be the decorating solution you need.