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Nothing highlights the word “style” more than a chandelier. It is an extraordinary item, a sculptural presence making a statement for the graphic interior design that it follows and accentuates. 20 incredibly beautiful chandeliers have been featured underneath, all hand picked for different reasons, antler chandeliers wearing candles, prismatic shaped chandeliers, minimalist spheres, dense yet simple light bulbs compositions and many others, all densifying space, creating an extraordinary tension, a noble and elegant presence that redefines the interior perception and the entire spatiality.
The ceiling mounting light fixture, the chandelier, first appeared in the shelter of privileged individuals in Medieval times. The first chandeliers were basically wooden crosses with spikes that were accommodating candles. The sculptural wooden chandeliers were to be positioned on a suitable height over the chambers, most of the time anchored by ropes or chains.
Starting from the 15th century, the chandelier caught attention among light fixtures and creativity gave birth to more complex shapes which were considering the aesthetic values as well. The ring or crown design became a design point of interest in nobility homes, clergy, privileged merchants, palaces and castles, the chandelier quickly became a luxuriant symbol.
In the 18th century, an even more high-end chandelier emerged, ornate cast ormolu shapes with long curved arms and far more candles. Ormolu was an 18th century English term for applying a high-carat gold-mercury mixture on a project forged in bronze. In the 18th century many of these chandeliers have been installed in the homes of the growing merchant class. In this period the Neoclassical motifs have become an increasingly common element, mostly on cast metals and from time to time on gilded wood. The significant developments in glass making have allowed cheaper production of lead crystals, this has been the peak for the chandeliers that became an icon today; thanks to light scattering properties the chandelier took ampleur, leading to the more advanced crystal chandeliers.
Bohemiens and Venetian glassmakers were the high masters in the art of making chandeliers in the 18th century. The Bohemian style was highly successful across the entire Europe, the sublime spectacular light refraction generated by the facets and the bevels of crystal prisms enhancing every interior. To these world renowned manufacturers a new Italian taste answered and started a new taste, this movement is known as the glass factories in Murano, a name that resounds today as well.
After this short history detail we invite you to see modern reinterpretations of the extraordinary iconic light fixture. The chandelier redefined interior designs in a way no other light fixture did. What do you think?