{Object Found} Vintage Italian Chandelier

by Kate on May 18, 2011

There is plenty of visual candy in the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, as Jen Siska showed us in her hi- and lo-tech photo shoots from Issue 2. As you may know, the hotel’s interiors were outfitted by the king of Palm Springs chic, interior designer Jonathan Adler. This particular chandelier from Jen’s photos caught my eye, so I decided to get in touch with Jonathan’s people to find out more. Evidently, the details surrounding it remain a mystery, but they informed me that is it a genuine vintage piece of Italian design.

Since I wasn’t able to locate an exact replica, I decided to search for other chandeliers that share some of the characteristics of this Italian beauty. Below are a few of my favorites. (They are a bit on the pricey side, but they would certainly stand out in any interior, and their modern, artful shapes would never go out of style.)

This first chandelier is the work of one of my favorite designers, Jason Miller. Jason is known for producing conceptual, innovative furniture designs. The Modo chandelier shown above is probably the closest in shape to the original, although with the larger glass globes and the thick black metal bands, it has a slightly more substantial, masculine feel to it. The Modo is custom CNC-milled from solid aluminum and is available in three different sizes from The Future Perfect in Brooklyn.

If you were drawn to the brass finish of the vintage Italian chandelier, then the Branching Bubbles chandelier series by Lindsay Adelman may be right up your alley. The handblown irregular glass orbs and branch-like structures have a more organic feel than the geometric structure of the fixture in the Parker, but her designs are every bit as showstoppingly beautiful and elegant. Every one of her pieces is custom made according to your specifications, so you can be sure it complements your interior perfectly. If the price is a little out of range, Lindsay also provided a great tutorial for how to create your own branch chandelier.

Lastly, who better to turn to for a chandelier that echoes the style of the original than the designer who scouted the vintage design in the first place? Jonathan Adler does swanky, desert chic better than anyone, and his Meurice chandelier series has a great vintage luxury feel. They are also extremely versatile, and I can see the Meurice looking equally at home in a minimalist masculine space as it would in a more decadent, high-glamour interior.

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