Shining a light on fabulous pendants

Pendant fixtures add a layer of light to spaces, drawing attention to a cozy corner, spotlighting a foyer,  illuminating a table. Grouped together, they can create dramatic lightscapes. The best pendants add interest to a space even when they’re not turned on: Function without form isn’t much fun.

Here is a sampling of new and notable pendants — all worthy of a look.

Artisans in India hand string the glass beads that are artfully staggered on a nickel-finished, wrought iron frame, meaning each Capelli pendant is the result of hours of handwork. The varied lengths of white beads add an ethereal feel to the fixture, and when it’s switched on, it truly glows. Atlanta-based Currey & Company will show the Capelli and other lighting at the Atlanta and Las Vegas summer markets.


The Mathias pendant represents a whole other mood from Currey & Company. In bright, bold red, yellow and white, it draws inspiration from the works of Mondrian. The multicolored pendant has fabric shades that are trimmed in black to match the metal frame, which has a satin black finish. The black lines bring a sophistication to a design that echoes one of the most important movements in modern art.

This charming metal Marisol pendant features a scalloped edge and a pop of blue. The two-light pendant was designed for Rocky Mount, North Carolina-based Wildwood by Meg Braff Designs. Perfect for a breakfast nook, small foyer or child’s room, it is also available in green and white and comes in a table lamp version. See it at the summer market in Atlanta.

Create a bright outlook with the midcentury modern Briana three-light pendant from Modway. Its height-adjustable hanging rod and swivel shades provide precise, adaptable light. A powder-coated black finish, brass accents and asymmetrical lamp shades add interest. The Briana is among the pieces Modway (with offices in East Windsor, New Jersey, and Hesperia, California) will showcase at the Las Vegas Market in July.

The striking Royston three-light pendant from Crystorama in Westbury, New York, features a patterned metal overlay to marry classic and modern looks. The inner white silk shade adds texture and a glass diffuser casts soft illumination. Shown in black, it is also available in an antique gold finish. The design comes in larger four-light and five-light pendant designs and in a three-light flush mount ceiling fixture, too.

Crystorama’s Jessa five-light pendant has a relaxed, casual, natural vibe that’s the epitome of boho chic. The metal frame is wrapped in natural jute to cast filtered light.

The Edgecliff pendant, suitable for outdoor use, is part of designer Jeffrey Alan Mark’s Point Dume collection, his second line for Progress Lighting, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. The crisp, sharp lines and iconic curves of the architectural pendant call to mind corrugated, metal-clad buildings. Mesh patterned glass on both ends of the frame provides a luxurious touch to the rustic design. Shown in a galvanized finish, it also comes in white and oil-rubbed bronze.

Oakland, California-based Zuo describes its Yves pendant as a ceiling lamp. It’s also available in a floor lamp and table lamp. All feature a steel frame with a perforated shade in a gold finish. See the Yves and other new items from Zuo in Atlanta this summer.

Sustainable and naturally weather resistant, the Monica pendant’s woven bamboo basket shade is perfect for warmer days. Its open, horizontal weave allows for light to peek through the frame, casting a warm, textural glow to any space. With a suggested retail price of $350, it’s available from Detroit-based Regina Andrew Detroit.

The Montreux pendant with natural brass finish makes a modern statement. The curved metal shade is paired with a large milk glass globe that floods a room with soft light. It’s also from Regina Andrew Detroit ($900.)

The dome-shaped Elma pendant from Forty West Designs in Jackson, Tennessee, has black wood beads and a gold interior that bring a bold flare to any room. The Elma fixture bridges bohemian and contemporary styles. It will be part of Forty West’s product highlights in Las Vegas in July.

The capsule-shaped, opal glass Middlefield pendant from Dallas-based Arteriors is banded by two collars — one a smooth matte black and one a chattered antique brass — for an update on classic forms. It has a suggested retail price of $1,235.

Jay Jeffers designed the four-light vintage brass Pavo pendant for Arteriors. Pinholes on the lamp shades, dark walnut wood and clear acrylic caps add interest. The pendants can be grouped in a row over a dining table or used alone, say, over a side table next to a sofa. ($1,730.)

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