Jazzmine Mathieu. Chandelier. December 04th , 2017.
One singular fixture resembling Mother Earth makes a strong statement, and contemporary manufacturer Moooi has created a specific piece that pays tribute to our planet. Designed by Bertjan Pot, the Random Light is huge in size, yet light as a feather. What began as a simple craft project has bloomed into a timeless and widely recognized staple for retailer Design Within Reach. Ranging from $675 to $2,696, and offered in sizes small, medium and large, this fixture is often installed in groups of two or three for a dramatic effect.
Organic shapes and images make us feel closer to the Earth, and online emporium Ballard Designs taps into that desire with a light fixture that recalls both the sea and the Earth. The Airlie Coral Pendant has a genuine seaside flavor and was cast from real found coral, creating a realistic, natural texture. The striking pendant works in both contemporary and traditional settings. Priced at $599, it looks luxurious, belying its more moderate price point.
Of course, traditional tiered crystal chandeliers never go out of style and some manufacturers are adding a modern twist on the idea by creating pieces made of more organic materials such as wood or substituting wood beads for crystals. Many retailers, including several mentioned above, offer such chandeliers starting at less than $150.
One of the most interesting things about watching the eclipse was witnessing the patterns of light as the moon moved in front of the sun, with various effects such as a starburst. World Market has created its own exclusive chandelier resembling that effect. The Brass Starburst Collin Chandelier, priced at $199, is both affordable and memorable. Made of iron with a matte brass finish, this fixture includes nine type B 25-watt light bulbs, offering rays of light that extend across the table.