By Karen Parr-Moody
Any interior designer will tell you: Lighting can make or break a room. Successful lighting creates an ambiance that makes people feel comfortable without knowing why. One of the biggest faux pas is exceedingly bright lighting. The second? Playing it safe. At GasLamp, we believe in the singular power of a light fixture – or two or three – to infuse a space with warmth and style. At the GasLamp Too booth Junk is the New Black, you’ll find an abundance of fine fixtures.
Rather than lighting up a space with an array of small fixtures, it’s a chic idea to use a large-scale, statement-making chandelier to anchor it. This vintage style is a great mid-century modern addition to any room: Its two tiers of Lucite prisms cascade gracefully, like a waterfall, from its brass frame ($185; T-362). Its design is like well-known chandeliers by Venini — the famous Italian glass company — and Charles Hollis Jones, an American designer who pioneered the use of acrylic and Lucite in household design.
Mid-sized pendants can be used in pairs to define a beautiful bed or highlight a marble-topped kitchen counter. This sophisticated, one-light geometric pendant, one of a pair, will illuminate a space with vintage charm ($125; T-362). It is a mid-century modern style that accommodates one incandescent Edison bulb under a white glass shade. The diamond-shaped cage in brushed gold-tone metal creates a glamorous, faceted appearance. This fixture is suspended from an adjustable length of cord.
This vintage mid-century modern chandelier, with its burst of Lucite prisms, evokes the sunburst design so often seen in the age of Sputnik ($525; T-362). In designer Jonathan Adler’s “15 Fabulous Design Tips” in “Elle Décor,” he says, “Go for grandeur with a giant chandelier,” and even suggests putting one in a closet as an unexpected touch. Wouldn’t this Lucite chandelier be glamorous in a lady’s walk-in closet or over her bathtub? A more traditional place would be over the dining room table — and we love that idea, too.
This cement sockets light fixture, a deconstructed design, features a multi-color fabric cord ($185; T-362). Here, the beauty of bare bulbs introduces an industrial vibe to the atmosphere of a space. This fixture would look great in a kitchen.
Self-expression informs in one’s space, and good lighting is a statement-making addition that brings on the drama. Whether it’s an airy, vintage chandelier or a pendant that pays homage to the 1960s, a beautiful light source is an investment you won’t regret.