What does the word chandelier conjure up? For many, it brings to mind old school decadence – opulent structures hanging down from the ceiling, dripping in jewels. For others, it may sound outdated. This is a common misconception. Now, we’re biased, but working with some of the world’s top chandelier craftspeople we can tell you – they are anything but outdated.
Many lighting designers hark back to traditional styles and craft methods. As in any industry, often the tried and tested ways are carried on from generation to generation for good reason – they work. But the world of chandelier manufacture is also one of innovation and immense creativity. After all, if you know the rules you know how to break them. From new material technologies to computerised craft methods, chandelier manufacturers such as Masiero, Luxxu, Schwung and Lobmeyr, are breaking the mould with some absolutely stunning masterpieces.
So when you’re looking to bring a splash of luxurious lighting style into your home, don’t rule out the endless possibilities that chandeliers – both traditional and modern – and statement pendants can bring. Why go for the same as everyone else? Read on to hear our take on the top 10 most luxurious modern chandelier trends.
One: Industrial minimalism
3 LIGHT RD15 CHANDELIER - SCHWUNG
A pristine example from Schwung of how the fusion of traditional technique with modern style can create a thing of absolute beauty. These mouth-blown glass globes give a light and airy feel perfect for a minimal interior, while the bold solid brass is the ideal accompaniment if you’re going for a more industrial look.
This chandelier comes in three different finishes – Brass, Polished Nickel or Black Gunmetal – and can be altered to your required height. We love the contrast of the black metal against the dainty glass bulbs.
Two: Mighty modular
12 LIGHT THE KNIGHT CHANDELIER - LOBMEYR
Viennese furniture designer Marco Dessí approached Lobmeyr to design a stunning modular lighting system. The result? The Knight. Mighty by name, mighty by nature, the Knight brings a dramatic effect to any room.
Devilishly handsome, the Knight features brushed nickel lamps with a glossy varnish and sumptuous silk cord. Fully customisable, you can request to have this made in any metal or finish your heart desires.
Three: Grecian decadence
2 LIGHT HARPIA CHANDELIER - LUXXU
Nothing says decadence like abundance. Why have one light when you can have two? The Harpia Suspension may be inspired by ancient Greece but it has style and modernity in spades. Modern manufacturing techniques allow for razor-sharp crystal glass and, paired with sumptuous gold-plated brass, gives this chandelier a sense of drama and power. You can even change up the composition for a unique effect tailored to your space.
Four: Block colours
MODERN 10 LIGHT CHANDELIER - MASIERO EVA S10
Bring a pop of colour to your interior with this monochrome, block colour chandelier. Manufactured in resin and polyurethane, this plastic fantastic lighting solution optimises the best in modern materials. Plastic doesn’t mean cheap and throwaway though – as with all Masiero lights this beauty is lovingly handcrafted and made to order.
Pair with bold patterned scatter cushions or a contrasting feature wall for the ultimate colour blocking effect.
Five: Golden age
MODERN 5 LIGHT CHANDELIER - MASIERO SOUND BIL5
Gold is timeless. We love the styling of this Masiero 5 light chandelier – here it adds a surprisingly smooth and luxurious lustre to an otherwise industrial space. Concrete and gold are a match made in heaven. Try mixing and matching interior design style to add a hint of intrigue to your space.
Six: Viennese modernism
9 LIGHT SCRIPT CHANDELIER - LOBMEYR
Inspired by the simple lines within typography, ‘Script’ is designed in collaboration with Bodo Sperlein. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted –the brass bands of the arms are hand-shaped, with the cables left visible as a nod to the “Wiener Moderne” style, from the beginning of the 20th century.
Available in gold or silver plated finish, with satin-finished glass domes, this is an elegant work of art that looks stunning in any modern interior.
Making of video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2DcGyLRqSU)
Seven: Layered lighting
5 LIGHT MODERN SUSPENSION CHANDELIER - MASIERO CREK SUSPENSION 5
Clusters of layered lighting mean the light dances and glances off of each shade, creating a rich and deep glow. This modern chandelier is crafted with the highest quality glass panels and adds a sense of luxury to any room. Varied heights draw the eye and blend into space, making for harmonious, considered home design.
Eight: The final frontier
18 LIGHT EXPLOSION SUSPENSION CHANDELIER - LUXXU
Space, the final frontier. This attention-grabbing chandelier form Luxxu takes its inspiration from none other than the grand cosmos. With a revivalist attitude, this suspension is in salute to Sputnik, but you wouldn’t find this craftsmanship and technology during the space race. Manufacturing methods have come on leaps and bounds since the 60s, and so this light goes where no 60s light would have gone before. Attention to detail is reflected in the numerous slim gold plated brass and crystal arms which orbit around a centre sphere. As delicate as it is magnificent, this light truly is a show stopper.
Nine: Smooth suspension
MODERN 8 LIGHT SUSPENDED OVAL PENDANT - MASIERO OVA S6 90
Italian coated glass and a powder-coated metal frame are a dreamy combination. We absolutely love this modern pendant from Masiero. Available in nine different finishes (matt white, gold leaf, silver leaf, copper leaf, oxide red, navy blue, matt bronze, burnished or black) we adore the luxury and depth of the smooth matt black contrasted with the golden glass shards. A symphony of textures for true decadence.
Ten: Perfect pendants
MODERN LED PENDANT - MASIERO TIMEO S1 20
If we haven’t convinced you on chandeliers, maybe pendants are more your style? Stunning when solo, these modern LED pendants from Masiero also create an elegant focal point when grouped over a kitchen island or dining table. Customise to your taste with a choice of finishes. We love the gold, especially in a modern, minimalist setting.