Classic chandeliers and modern interpretations: A chandelier that is floating freely in space does not require a lush atmosphere. The greatest appeal is the contrast to the modern interior design or the contemporary interpretations of sculptural light fixtures as well.
Preciously revealed: The chandelier is made of glass and is available in crystal, red, green or orange.
In the 18th
century reflecting glass for the reproduction of light appearances by dozens or even hundreds of lighted candles was a luxury. People in possession of a chandelier at that time lived most likely in aristocratic circles. Such a chandelier was not only an icon of the established lifestyle of the upper class, but in the days before electric lighting, this artificial light was the brightest light due to its large number of light sources. However, to our eyes the opulent lamps represent an eye-catching version of mood light: chandeliers are among the few lights that can still be hung up in a traditional way in the middle of a room and create a warm glow for a pleasant dinner atmosphere or for a relaxing glass of wine. However, they are also an eye-catcher in corridors or stairwells.
The poetic light sculpture from Windfall is studded with Swarovski crystals and is available in various colors.
A particularly personal way of installing a chandelier can be achieved in a bedroom: A strongly dimmed and deeply placed chandelier can show what constitutes the appeal of chandeliers in todayâ€™s life â€“ it does not only give you the warm glow, which reminds you of fire, but it also lets you enjoy the hand crafted art, which contributes to the most luxurious form of a chandelier.
From ballroom to living room - the story of the chandelier
Formal predecessors of the chandelier were functional and restricted wheel chandeliers from the 11th and 12th centuries. Numerous candles were attached to a metal ring, which did not only provide light, but was also a symbol of the heavenly Jerusalem. Some large specimens with several meters in diameter are still well preserved and can be admired at Roman Cathedral churches. Much later people began to arrange candles not only at a level around a tire, but also radial to a shaft, which led to the famous crown form. Expensive candlesticks were placed in great numbers in the Baroque mirror halls at the Versailles Court of the French Sun King Louis XIV (1638-1715) in Versailles, which must have created stunning effects for the former audience: The light of candles was not only reflected and mirrored by the countless crystal or glass items, but it was also endlessly reflected by the mirror walls of the galleries. The polished glass pieces on chandeliers are therefore not only for decoration purposes and the display of power, but they are also visually effective. When large deposits of rock crystal were found in the early 18th century in Switzerland, both aspects were connected in a miraculous way: This material does not only break the light especially beautiful; suddenly it was possible to produce not only small light beads, but also larger objects such as leaves and even musical instruments. This emblem of light became a veritable fashion at the Court of Louis XV (1710-1774). Friedrich the Great (1712-1786) was also a fan of the ceremonial display of luxurious light.
The extraordinaire under the chandeliers: This chandelier by Masiero consists of twelve Murano glass arms. In addition to the white-and-gold version there is also a black-and-gold version available.
Even as of today over a thousand chandeliers, illuminating the large rooms at evening parties in the castles of Berlin and Brandenburg, can be admired. It was not only the manufacturing and the materials, which determined the status of the chandelier, but also the illuminants: The valuable candles were treasured by the Silberkammergut. Only through the invention of the light bulb and industrial production techniques the chandelier made its way into middle-class households.
A good place for a chandelier
Classic chandeliers, where many lamps are artfully arranged into a single lamp and which single light experience is further increased by added glass elements, take up a lot of space. They are always eye-catching and wonâ€™t be overlooked, even during the day. Therefore, rooms with high ceilings or stair cases are predestined places for hanging a chandelier. In the past chandeliers were only found in representative spaces such as corridors, halls, living rooms or salons. Today, these restrictions no longer apply and therefore the bedroom is also a perfect place, because the dimmed light of a chandelier is being experienced as mood light instead of general lighting. Therefore, it is easily possible to place the chandelier in rooms with low ceilings, so that it will be at eye level. By using spotlights, laterally directed towards the chandelier, you can create exciting effects, because the gently luminous object with its crystal elements receives many highlights, so even if the chandelier is turned off, it will create an interesting effect. Therefore you should make sure that you always operate your chandelier with a dimmer. A great brightness is rather disturbing coming from such an extended light object, since the sum of many lamps ensures sufficient lighting and the glare would make the perception of the chandelier impossible. For general lighting, you should install unobtrusive ceiling or wall lights, which can be adjusted via a dimmer and will create a pleasant atmosphere in combination with the chandelier.
This chandelier also shines due to an extraordinary material: the patented synthetic material Opalflex creates wonderful light reflections.
While wallowing chandeliers with crystal drops and cords of beads in the baroque canon display an ideal synthesis of light and material, contemporary versions provide a sleeker and simpler design. But the fascination due to the sprawling big lights remains the same. Its special appeal comes from the variety of light sources, the play of reflections and the presence of the material.
Today's modern chandeliers combine dozens of pendants in form of a crown or are arranged around a shaft. There are chandeliers that let glass tentacles shine from the inside and rise from a common hull. And there are chandeliers that simply replace the crystal strings with a different material. Many designers simply omit the classic elements of reflection and the lights get their attraction due to the reduction of the classical form. Others retain the polished glass elements, but hang them in a cascade of simple, cylindrical shapes.
The distinguishing mark of abstract and modern chandeliers is always the addition of several lamps on a spatial construction, which are usually suspended from a single point on the ceiling. All chandeliers have one thing in common: a certain opulence that gives them an aristocratic touch with regards to the history of this light fixture type.