Choosing the right lighting piece makes an enormous difference in the ambiance of a room. Modern chandeliers are the best bet for the biggest impact in any space. Not only does a dramatic chandelier draw attention upward, but it also emphasizes the style of the interior, be it glamorous, industrial, minimalist or just plain modern. Fixtures can be large and imposing or spindly and airy — whatever strikes your fancy. Here are some different types of modern chandeliers that can really enhance your home:
A profusion of horn shapes makes up the Botti Chandelier by Delightfull. Each of the horn bells houses a lightbulb so that the fixture casts light in all directions. Inspired by American trumpet player Chris Botti, it is hand-crafted from brass that is finished in a luminous gold plating. This tribute to jazz music is a lyrical touch for any high-ceilinged space, from a soaring living room to a grand entryway.
Similarly, the company’s Brubeck Oval suspension light is an homage to jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. The sculptural chandelier is a mid-century modern fixture. The finesse of the legendary pianist comes through in the sophisticated design crafted by artisans. This particular one is gold-plated, but it is also available in other finishes. The oval stunner is an ideal chandelier to hang over a dining room table.
Tiers of shining metallic pieces, resembling the fringe on a grand skirt make up the striking body of this chandelier. The Etta is yet another tribute to a jazz great by Delightfull. A touch of nostalgia and a feminine feel distinguish this fixture named for the iconic jazz singer. The brass leaves that make up the tiers are hand-shaped by top artisans n Portugal and finished in brushed gold. A spectacular addition to a two-story entryway or even a bedroom with a cathedral ceiling, the Etta is modern in nature but also reminiscent of a grand era gone by.
Utterly feminine and exotic, the Budùr chandelier evokes sultry Saharan nights and the comforts of lounging on a bed of endless pillows. The delicate fixture is part of the Le 1001 Notte Collection by Valentina Giovando Design. The shirred fabric circle forms a soft base for the beads that form a layered necklace around the frame of the chandelier. A ring of brass palm trees adds the exotic element, transforming the entire piece. Tailor-made to hang over a plush and luxurious bed or chaise lounge, the Budùr creates an atmosphere of luxury.
Drops of Light
A modern chandelier does not have to be a single suspended unit. Many artistic fixtures are composed of multiple small units that are entirely customizable for a particular space. This is the case with Pluies de Lumière from Atelier Verart, created by glassblower Myriam Roland Gosselin in her Marrakech studio. The exclusive hand-blown modular borosilicate glass orbs are hung at various heights in all sorts of configurations. Each one is punctuated by additional drops of glass as if they were coated with sparkling ice crystals.
Modern Points of Light
Like drops of rain splatting down from the sky, the Rain suspension light by Thierry Gaugain is a minimalist chandelier with maximal impact. Comprised of anywhere from 37 to 137 individual OLED lights, the customizable arrangement can be used to jazz up a space of any size. The OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It’s different from LED in that the electroluminescent layer that emits light is actually a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current, so there is no “bulb” inside each element, Instead, the entire flat surface glows. It’s a technologically and stylistically modern chandelier that’s also a conversation piece.
Organic Light Forms
Many people think that a modern chandelier immediately means linear and minimalist shapes, but this fixture from Ochre proves otherwise. The Seed Cloud Installation is a collection of individual elements that are organically shaped metal buds that house a plump glob of glass illuminated by an LED within the bud. This is another totally customizable fixture that can add style to any space because it is available in configurations as small as three buds or as massive as 188 buds. The polished bronze buds are also available in a satin nickel finish.
Another cascading modern chandelier is the Allure chandelier from Paolo Castelli. This fixture also features slight raining down, but in a more linear form. Available as a round or oval, the chandelier is made of 22 or 23 drops that are arranged in a staggered fashion to mimic falling rain. Crafted in Murano glass, the base of each element is finished in either 24 karat gold leaf inlay or silver. As in this image, the Allure makes a dramatic impact over a glossy modern table.
A mid-century vibe adds a touch of urban glamour to the Madison chandelier by Andrea Bonini. The metal arms branch off in an angular way, casting light both upward and downward. The central column of the fixture has a luxe look thanks to the glossy colored and fluted surface., which really elevates the piece. The super stylish chandelier is ideal for any room because it can be used as a single fixture or doubled up over a longer dining table.
Oversized and Opulent
The style of this chandelier is decidedly old-school opulence but recent trends have been putting this kind of fixture in all styles of homes, including modern ones. Hand-blown Italian glass makes up the entirety of this magnificent chandelier, from the massive base to the individual glass drops. These types of modern chandeliers from iDOGI grace palaces, villas and private residences around the world. If the space and the budget are available, there’s nothing that makes a statement like an oversized chandelier.
For extra-tall rooms, a multi-tiered glass chandelier is ideal because it fills the open space with light and magnificent glass artistry. This design is also made entirely from hand-blown glass, but it has a lighter feeling because it lacks the large, heavy base and instead has layers of curving arms that hold the individual bulbs.
The first chandeliers were rustic constructions of wood beams with candles, and in those days, quality candles were expensive. As fixture size grew and the number of candles multiplied, chandeliers became associated with luxury and have remained so ever since. The Kali by Paolo Castelli is a modern chandelier that plays off of the old structure, with arms that hold individual golden “candles.” Crafted entirely on the island of Murano, geometric arms hold the glass elements that are extra special: fragments of 24 karat gold leaf are suspended in the glass.
So different and unexpected, My Lamp from Paolo Castelli looks like a gathered round of test tubes encircled by a brass band. The Venetian borosilicate glass tubes are more like a bouquet of lines and light that is somehow complex and simple at the same time. Hang this modern chandelier over a dining table or in a living room and it is instantly a dramatic focal point.
Another example of an old-school style gone modern is this Au Revoir chandelier from Karman Italia. Designer Matteo Ugolini has put an artistic and modern twist on the basic profile by irregularly tilting the bells outward and extending some on the bottom tier to hang lower. The entire silhouette is accented by the drops, that make it feel like it perhaps melted. The designer’s aim was to represent “that extraordinary moment fading away… which will last forever in our recollections.”
From fixtures that resemble falling rain to lights that seem to be made from icicles, water is a frequent theme in modern chandeliers. Icicle chandeliers from Brand van Egmond are made from brass and blown glass, evoking an icy cave of stalactites overhead. The finish of the base can change the warmth of the fixtures, ranging from a cool and sharp silver to a warmer toned fixture that emits a softer light and perhaps the feeling of melting.
Another modern chandelier from Brand van Egmond is the Eve, which combines a naturally winding branch-like structure with berry-like forms that hold the lights. Made from steel with a copper finish, it can also be made finished in black, matte white, bronze, nickel, brass or burnished brass. The fixture is quietly elegant and speaks softly in any room of the home.
Wonders of Geometry
Brand van Egmond’s Fractal chandelier is a work of mathematical proportions. Taking on the fields concept of fractals and rendering it in the form of a light fixture, van Egmond has created a multi-reflective chandelier that makes use of the multitude of triangles to reflect the few lights that are mounted, rather unexpectedly, on exterior rather than inside.
An Architectural Vibe
A great example of a modern chandelier with an architectural vibe is the Wireflow Chandelier by Arik Levy. The artist “reinterprets and updates the traditional suspended lighting fixture” by simplifying the lines and creating something that has an ethereal feel, despite being a bit industrial. This is a remarkable versatile fixture and could quite literally work in any room.
It’s easy to see from these examples that what can be called a modern chandelier varies quite widely. Without a doubt, there’s one that will fit any space with style and distinction.