11 Hanging Lights That Are Works of Aerial Artistry
From spellbinding pendants to imaginative takes on the traditional chandelier, these fixtures are made to preside over a space.
By Janine Stankus
April 25, 2018
Built by hand as a kind of functional sculpture, every one of these hanging fixtures offers more than a source of illumination—they are statement pieces that establish a mood, be it an air of sensuality, glowing personality, or effortless elegance.
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1. Laurent suspension lamp, Lambert & Fils
Designed in Lambert & Fils’s Montreal studio, these pendants feature flawless globes of hand-blown opaline glass ensconced in thin, angular, metal forms that can be hung in multiple configurations to create a spatial signature.
2. Maxhedron pendant, Bec Brittain
Like a section of the cosmos encapsulated in glass, this hanging light plays with inner glows and outer reflections. Brightly lit bulbs at the vertices of mirrored planes reflect, refract, and transmit light from compelling angles.
3. Coco chandelier, Larose Guyon
Ten glowing glass pearls strung along strands of brass (which also come in copper, nickel, and fossil black) exude an elegant effervescence that’s reminiscent of 1930s Paris and this fixture’s immutable inspiration, Coco Chanel.
4. Cirque chandelier, Giopato & Coombes
This splendidly nontraditional light features capsules of delicately ribbed, lathe-cut glass containing aero-grade conductors of LEDs. Each is suspended from long loops of brushed brass, bringing a balance of artistry and elegance to the table.
5. Calx pendant, Cerno
This pendant, marked by geometric wood panels outlined by warm light that emanates from its brushed-metal interior, embodies the California design studio’s knack for melding organic elements with modern design.
6. Siam S/4L pendant, Bover
A single Siam pendant, defined by its fanning hand-wrapped ribbon shade, makes for a brilliant centerpiece. They can also be grouped together to create breathtaking floating formations.
7. Flying Ribbon chandelier, Blackbody
This 3.5-meter-long fixture is at once one futuristic and ethereal. Its thin, undulating form frees light from the constraints of the traditional fixture, allowing it to flow through space.
8. RA pendant, d’Armes
This geometric pendant cuts a simple yet sophisticated figure, featuring cool neon light pulsing through hand-bent glass tubes.
9. Delta V Black pendant, Rich Brilliant Willing
Nearly opaque and lined with reflective gold foil, this layered fabric pendant has a flair for drama.
10. Heat pendant, Northern
This fixture was created by designer Johanna Forsberg, who teamed up with a Norwegian development agency to train asylum-seekers and migrant workers to craft each delicate mesh shade from recycled metal.
11. Grand Aperture 4 chandelier, Allied Maker
A four-globe light source illuminates this large-scale symmetrical chandelier, producing a sprawling ambience.