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 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
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 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 & 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
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.