A Good Deal: Chandeliers
I confess to having an obsession with chandeliers and cool lighting fixtures. Lighting is just so important to a space, whether it be a home, retail boutique, restaurant, bar, work space or office. Lighting must be functional, attractive and flexible. Planning for separate switching is key in a commercial space and, in my opinion, dimmers are an absolute essential in a residential interior. This is why I thought my next post for “A Good Deal”, my weekly post on affordable design, should focus on some stylish chandeliers. A fantastic light fixture can be a focal point of a space and have a lot of impact. Obviously, there are many expensive fixtures that are expertly crafted, beautiful and well worth the money spent. However, there are also some very nice alternatives that echo the aesthetic of the high end fixtures at a fraction of the cost. Here are some examples:
The fixture above from DWR is $2,600, and the bulbs are not even included!
Ok, this one from Z Gallerie may not have Swarovski cut crystal but at $349, it achieves the same look on a much more moderate budget. Another thing to note is that Z Gallerie oftern runs sales on their website for 20% off.
Wow! The Giogali Chandelier is composed of 150 hand blown Murano Glass rings. It’s a piece of art and accordingly priced at $2,100. For those with the budget, it may be worth it but for many folks this one below by Z Gallerie is a good substitute:
This beauty is Murano Glass and modeled after a 17th-century Venetian-style chandelier. It’s priced at a steep $3,200 and the version below, again by Z Gallerie doesn’t have quite the elegance but is still very attractive, especially at $369.
I’m seeing a pattern here and it’s pretty obvious where Z Gallerie gets their design inspiration! All Z Gallerie fixtures can be purchased on their website. For those who like a modern classic, a mid-century modern style or are looking for a more organic look, inspired by Poul Henningsen’s Snowball Pendant of 1924 or his iconic Artichoke lamp (both below)
I would suggest this White Flower Pendant from Lamps Plus. A real bargain at only $200!
These are just several examples, and while I naturally do not condone counterfeit or knock-off designs by any means, there is almost always a less expensive way to achieve a certain aesthetic; one that is simply inspired by an original and not a direct copy. In addition to the functional aspect of lighting, an understanding of form, scale and proportion is critical to selecting the right fixture. Have you found any good deals in lighting? We’d love to hear about them so please share!