You could be forgiven for seeing them as a traditional addition to the home, ostentatiously harking back to a bygone age, but chandeliers have come a long way. Even in their more orthodox versions they make use of modern materials and in forms even more glitzier and glamorous than before. Those ones don’t concern us today, however – we’re looking at more modern takes on the chandelier – its more contemporary and quirky incarnations. Here are our five current favourites:
Andromeda Antique Brass Mixed Glass Chandelier – £1038, Heathfield & Co
Our first choice is unmistakably modern in its styling…Mid-Century Modern, that is! The Andromeda chandelier by Heathfield & Co comprises three adjustable arms in antique brass, each of which pokes through a pastel-coloured glass shade in the style of a vintage hairdryer hood! The arms are arranges at angles and are connected to a cylindrical brass section by three prongs of different lengths.
Antler Flowers Candle-Style Chandelier – £279.99, Kare Design
Kare’s chandelier shows a real mix of influences – extending from a long metal chain, the aluminium core of this piece is made from a cone shape from which extend six antlers (yes you heard that right!), each of which bears a vertical lamp-bearing post. Each light has a unique shade made from a different cheerful floral fabric and further antlers extend from inside of each light fitting as well as the base of the piece.
Marquis Bandon 8 Light Chrome Curve Chandelier – £279.99, Waterford
Waterford have been producing crystal since as far back as 1783, so you might expect their take on the chandelier to be traditional – but the Marquis chrome curve chandelier, though it has timeless charm, consists of a series of contemporary chrome arms emanating from a central cylinder. Each of the arms supports a cut glass cup which holds a bulb, as well as a delicate crystal droplet which will shimmer as the light beams out.
Lana Large Wood Chandelier – £195, Junipa
Wood might not be the first material you think of when it comes to statement light fittings – and the term ‘rustic chandelier’ could well seem like a contradiction in terms, but the Lana large wood chandelier is here to prove you wrong! Hand-carved from mango wood, with plenty of intricate detailing, it hangs from a long chain, houses a single central light bulb and has been finished with a subtle grey wash.
Decanter Chandelier – £1,400, Lee Broom
We end with a real modern stunner – Lee Broom’s decanter chandelier, inspired by the company’s bar and restaurant design. Five twisted fabric flexes off different lengths hang from a large circular plate. At the end of each flex are beautiful decanters – two square bottles, one tulip and two bells – each of which has been hand-cut from lead crystal and engraved with beautiful vintage patterns.