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.
In 1974, George Chandler and Reed Hampton first started working in their blacksmithing forge in an old barn in Hubbardton, Vermont. Fast forward to 2014 and Hubbardton Forge now employs a team of over 200 people, making them the oldest and largest commercial forge in the US. With their commitment to artistry and the craftsmanship of hand-forged metals, they’ve distinguished themselves in design circles. At Lumens, you can order Hubbardton Forge lighting for your own home, whether you’re looking for wrought-iron chandeliers, table lamps or bathroom lighting. Check out some of our favorite Hubbardton pieces below:
Dining Room – Sweeping Taper Five Arms Chandelier with Water Glass
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The Hubbardton Forge Sweeping Taper Five Arms Chandelier with Water Glass features hand-forged wrought iron, hand-blown glass, and translucent, powder-coated finishes, making it the perfect dining room chandelier. Available in Black, Dark Smoke, or Natural Iron, you can choose the finish that best suits your dining room’s aesthetic.
See what shoppers are saying about the Sweeping Taper Five Arms Chandelier:
The chandelier is gorgeous. The glass is beautiful and elegant. I get a lot of compliments on it. And it looks great in and older home and dining room. It added a lot of ambience to the room.
Living Room – Corona Wall Sconce
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Taking more contemporary design cues, the Corona Wall Sconce combines rustic materials like hand-forged iron and modern organic curves. These wall sconces are the perfect addition to your living room walls, giving off warm, diffuse light.
See what shoppers are saying about the Corona Wall Sconce:
We purchased three of these sconces for our remodeled bathroom. They are beautiful. They have that handmade look, and seem like one-of-a-kind pieces of art. We really like them. We cannot attest to the illumination yet… they will be installed next week. We are looking forward to lighting them. Lumens offers such a wonderful variety and great quality of items, I”m happy to have found this website. We’ll be back again for purchases for other rooms in our home.
Bedroom – Erlenmeyer Table Lamp
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Using the Erlenmeyer Table Lamp on your bedside table is a great way to add some character to your bedroom. Hubbardton designed the lamp to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their company, celebrating four decades of quality craftsmanship and design. The heavy blown-glass shade takes the shape of Erlenmeyer flasks for an authentic look. The lamp’s horizontal support bar lets you tilt the shade to either side for adjustments. Choose from Black, Bronze, Burnished Steel, Dark Smoke, Mahogany, or Natural Iron finishes.
Bathroom – Arc Ellipse Bath Bar Vanity Lighting
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For vanity lighting, the Arc Ellipse Bath Bar is a simple yet elegant solution. The hand-blown glass shades and hand-forged wrought iron supports come together for spectacular results. Using environmentally responsible finishing practices, this fixture demonstrates durable and thoughtful craftsmanship. Choose from Black, Bronze, Burnished Steel, Dark Smoke, Mahogany, or Nature Iron, with an option for either fluorescent or incandescent lights.
See what shoppers are saying about the Arc Ellipse Bath Bar:
Love the brand, top quality product. Can order unseen with confidence. Lumens brings it to me at the best price and delivery knowledge. This is the third lighting purchase from this company and all have been fabulous.
Interested in Hubbardton Forge’s finishing processes? You can watch them in action below.
You can also learn more about Hubbardton Forge with this Lumens exclusive behind the design interview.
Beat Lights, the ever-recognizable collection from Tom Dixon has made itself anew again; this time in a matte grey powder coat with a contrasting silver plated interior in the same familiar shapes.
The first Beat Light Pendant debuted in 2007, and since then has reinvented itself into a number of new incarnations (white, brass, table and floor lamps). The latest is an exercise in expressive minimalism, as the subtle color fades into a space while the strong, iconic shapes bring a signature Tom Dixon spin. Each of the Beat Lights are hand-spun, braised and hand-hammered, modeled after traditional Indian cooking vessels. The varying shapes make the collection a go-to design favorite on their own, and also works well hung in multiples of different shapes.
Check out the full Beat Light collection right here.
Fine Art Lamps have been defining luxury lighting since the late 19th century, but their designs have continued to have a place in modern interiors. The company’s new introductions are as refined and impeccable as ever, with bold designs and fresh takes on traditional style.
What started out as a small glass-making shop has grown to one of the top glass making companies and makers of luxury lighting fixtures. All Fine Art Lamps are made in the USA, and the company is known for its high-quality materials and attention to detail in their designs as well as their custom work.
Here are a few brand-new favorites we’ve got our eye on:
Black + White Collection: Black, white and elegant all over. The bold contrast and geometric lines of the Black + White collection are a stylish juxtaposition of hard and soft. The line includes round pendant shapes that stay true to Fine Art’s original style, but also a selection fresh, modern shapes like those found in the Black + White Chandelier or the Black + White Wall Sconce.
Grosvenor Square Collection: The blend of contemporary and traditional in this collection has created sleek iterations modeled after the classic chandelier of Grosvenor Square, a large garden square that is the centerpiece of London’s Mayfair District. Available in polished nickel for a more modern take and antique brass for a more classic look. The wall sconces in this collection are especially stunning, with sharp angles and a long, statement-making silhouette.
Constructivism: Emblematic of Russian futurism, the Constructivism collection is centered around individual pieces of pillow-shaped cast glass. The individual lenses create an intriguing sculptural form, plus a beautiful diffusion of light through the cobblestone pattern. Each piece (3 pendants, 3 wall sconces and a linear suspension lamp) is available in 3 glass shade colors.
Learn more about Fine Art Lamps and these new introductions at Lumens.com.
Staying on task can be difficult, particularly when you’re trying to work with poor lighting. One of our biggest pet peeves is trying to get something done without the right lighting to stay on task. Check out three of our favorite desk lamps to keep you motivated and ready to tackle anything that comes your way!
CSYS Task Lamp by Jake Dyson – $990.00 + Free Shipping!
Exclusively available through Lumens, the CSYS Task Lamp is a compact lamp that will look great sitting on any desk. Designed by London-based designer, Jake Dyson, the CSYS allows smooth adjustment with three different axes. By using heat pipe technology, the lamp can last for more than 37 years of use!
The lamp is made with aluminum and polycarbonate in an anodized and glossy finish. It features light level memory and an integrated touch sensitive dimmer switch on the base for your convenience. Available in Black, Industrial Blue, Industrial Red, Putty Grey, or White, you’re guaranteed to find a look that suits you.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the CSYS Task Lamp:
We first discovered this task lamp at the Design Junction venue which took place during London’s Design Festival 2012. Its inventor, Jake Dyson is the son of Jack Dyson, best known for the Dyson vacuum cleaner line of products. Like his Father, Jake has a flair for functional design that not only looks good, but also outperforms traditional LED lighting. I was thrilled to learn that Lumen’s distributed these unique products in the US, and ordered one as soon as the new color range became available. While a bit pricier than most task lamps on the market, the bulbs long lifespan (claimed to be 37 years), cutting edge design, and smooth clean lines make this product worth every cent. Lumens customer service, fast shipping and ease of ordering made the sale all that much easier. Highly recommended!
You can check out the versatility and fluidity of the CSYS in this demonstration:
Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp by Robert Abbey – $222.75 + Free Shipping
If you’re looking for a more traditional aesthetic, the Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp by Robert Abbey is an elegant revival of old-world style. The desk lamp has an articulated arm, pivoting neck, and rotating dome-shaped shade for easy adjustment. Available in either Deep Patina Bronze or Patina Nickel, this adjustable height fixture can keep you on task in style!
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp:
I saw a lamp like this one on a television show and had to find it. I searched all over in stores and on line for quite a while. I then stumbled on to Lumens and looked at a whole bunch of lamps until I found it! I had to order it. The information said it would take 2-4 weeks to ship but it arrived in just over a week. I was so surprised to see how good the packing was, and how well it is made. It is very sturdy and looks perfect on my desk. This is a lamp that I will keep for a very long time. It uses regular 60 watt light bulbs and that is more than enough for my desk.
Brazo Table Task Lamp by Pablo Designs – $420.00 + Free Shipping
Designed by Pablo Pardo for Pablo Designs, the Brazo Lamp is a thing of beauty. The sleek, minimal design is a no-nonsense approach to your desktop. With a 97% recyclable frame and a 90% more efficient fixture than comparable halogen light sources, you can save the earth while you’re staying productive. The desk lamp features 360 degree adjustability, a 90 degree arm tilt, and an adjustable height. Choose from a Black, Bronze, Silver, or White finish to fit with your office space.
What Shoppers Are Saying About The Brazo Task Lamp:
This sleek LED lamp is a thing of beauty, and functions beautifully too. The illumination is very even, and the light level and angle of the beam are highly adjustable. The height, rotation, and angle of the arm are adjustable too. The lamp is constructed of aluminum, and feels very durable. In terms of its design, quality, and functionality, this LED lamp is hard to beat. And of course, the service from Lumens was excellent!
Whatever task lighting you may need, you are sure to find the perfect lamp for your space in our selection.
Presented this year in Milan, Bertjan Pot’s Prop Light collection was a standout among Moooi’s ever-stunning exhibition. The bulbous prop lights are a group of go-anywhere, light-anything fixtures that work hanging from the ceiling, propped against a wall, on the floor or practically any other way you can think of, thanks to its numerous variations.
Each Prop Light uses anywhere from 18 to 96 lights, depending on the shape and configuration. While the aesthetic is a bit more old-timey (recalling the look of vanity lights in a Hollywood dressing room), each fixture uses energy-efficient LEDs under clear globe bulbs.
Designer Bertjan Pot has created a number of masterpieces for Moooi, including the well-recognized Random Light in 1999. His designs tend to start out as an experiment of materials, and in the end combine technique, structure, pattern and colors that push the boundaries of modern design.
Ah, the beauty of a good thing that just keeps getting better. We love the LED Cielo Pendant from Pablo Designs, and a few updates and additions have made it more versatile than ever, now with additional finishes and a multi-pendant canopy for clustering them into a small group or into a statement-making chandelier.
The Cielo collection began as an LED pendant, a minimal shape with glare-free, dimmable LED light. While the silhouette is simple, there’s the option of a hint of punchy color around the rim of the flat-panel LED and/or the fabric cord. But at the request of Cielo fans, Pablo Designs recently introduced the same sleek shape in a satin aluminum finish, making it even more versatile for contemporary spaces.
And if one Cielo isn’t enough, the new Cielo Multi-Light Pendant and 13-Light Chandelier are clean-lined, statement making fixtures for over a dining table, in a grand entry way or a number of commercial applications. The groupings each feature a choice of 3, 5, 7 or 13 lights in the same finishes found in the individual pendant, including white with moss, tomato or turquoise or gray, silver, black nd and all-white.
Because so many memorable designs emerged in the mid-century, we’re big fans of reviving some of our favorite’s for today’s living. One of those is Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair, which he designed in 1958 alongside the Egg Chair and Swan Chair. This recognizable teardrop shape is back, and dare we say, better than ever?
The Drop Chair was an exclusive design for the legendary Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The unique shape was inspired by the human form and the contours of the body. But while about 200 Drop Chairs graced the hotel’s bar and lobby, they were never put into mass production or available for purpose.
Fritz Hansen’s re-introduction of the Drop Chair was a tedious process, requiring 3D scans to ensure it was modeled exactly after the original design (of which there weren’t any drawings to work from). It’s now available in several options: plastic in six finishes, or upholstered in a range of canvas fabric or walnut leather.
Perfect, crisp tailoring, sparkling crystal and statement-making chandeliers are a few signs of luxury—and no one knows those details better than Baccarat. With 250 years (you read that right) of crystal work under their belt, the French legend is well-versed on creating lighting that transforms the elegance of a room, and we’re excited to introduce a few new beauties to the collection. Here are a few of our favorites:
Lady Crinoline Chandelier: A modern rendition of the 19th century Crinoline Chandelier, one of Baccarat’s most classical pieces. This new iteration from Jean-Marc Gady showcases Baccarat’s tradition of luxury with a minimalist edge, with a ring of 42 spiked crystals catching the light reflecting down from a stainless steel ring.
Tuile De Crystal Suspension: Designed by Arik Levy, this stately piece features layers of crystal tiles resembling roofing. Each tile is hand cut by master French artisans, marked by two distinct designs: one, with chaotic, overlatpping cuts into the crystal that playful diffuses and reflects the light within; and two, vertical etchings that recall the tradition of crystal design. Levy created the Tuile to be more “architecturally friendly,” i.e. more harmonious in a space than many ultra-delicate chandeliers. (designboom has a great video and Baccarat studio tour with Mr. Levy explaining more about his design).
Torch 4-Light Suspension: Another Arik Levy design, this mobile lamp was inspired by Alexander Calder sculptures, floating like a feather with the crystals reflecting the surface below.
Check out all of the new additions from Baccarat at Lumens.com.
Oh, Jonathan Adler. Let us count the ways. Mr. Adler continues to surprise and delight with every new lighting fixture he designs, and these latest introductions are no exception—blending luxury with retro and a hint of playfulness.
Check out some of the new statement-making chandeliers that just arrived from Jonathan Adler:
Vienna Chandelier: This beauty looks like it’s ready for a Great Gatsby party–and we like it. Paying homage to Italian glass artisans, the delicate “cloud” is made from clusters of white pulegoso glass, dangling from a brass chain. Each glass panel has countless bubbles in the molten glass, which gives it a spongey, irregular texture that creates the opaque appearance that is the pulegoso signature.
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