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Fave 5: The ‘New’ Sputnik Pendant

One of the cornerstones of mid-century style is the Sputnik Lamp. Named after the first satellite to orbit the earth in 1957, the Sputnik silhouette quickly took off as homage to space-age/atomic objects, and its iteration as a pendant light has been popular since.

Today’s versions come in all sorts of configurations, but the foundation is the same: Long arms bursting out like an explosion of light. The starburst look is a great statement maker over a dining table, in an entry way or even in a bedroom with tall enough ceilings.

Here are five of our favorite “new” lights that take inspiration from the much-loved satellite shape:

Orb Pendant By SONNEMAN Lighting

Orb 10-Light Pendant By SONNEMAN Lighting

Sonneman’s Orb collection takes  the mid-century style of the Sputnik and gives it an urban edge, thanks to a black metal frame and clear globe bulbs that are somewhere between Edison and Mad Men.

Hanley Chandelier by Arteriors

Hanley Chandelier by Arteriors

An ultra-lux eruption of light, with fluted glass rods that add a crystalline opulence to the Sputnik shake. The fixture’s bulbs sit in the center between the glass rods, reflecting the light between the glass and the metal center to create jewel-like shadows.

Capsule by Varaluz

Capsule Chandelier By Ron Henderson for Varaluz

This fixture from Varaluz goes to the groovy side, with ‘70s-inspired glass shades in funky torpedo shapes. We love that it takes on two totally different looks depending on the finish: Chrome with Smoke Glass for a darker, more mod look, and Champagne with Champagne Glass for a touch of vintage style.

Shelly Chandelier By Currey and Company

Shelly Chandelier By Currey & Company

We love the retro-inspired elegance of this pared-down Sputnik-style chandelier from Curry and Company. The wrought iron frame is wrapped in a Washed Gold Leaf finish, with just six globe-style lights orbiting around.

Sputnik Chandelier by Jonathan Adler

Sputnik Chandelier by Jonathan Adler

This iteration is pretty true to the beloved Sputnik’s of the vintage era, but swathed in the retro-meets-luxury aesthetic that Jonathan Adler is known for. Available in a warm Antique Brass or a glossy Polished Nickel.

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