“Satellite in my eyes, like a diamond in the sky, how I wonder.” – Satellite by Dave Matthews Band
Inspired by the Olympics happening in Sochi, Russia I decided to highlight a housing trend that has a Russian origin, the Sputnik chandelier. The iconic space age starburst light fixture introduced in the 1960s was based upon the design of the Sputnik satellite launched by Russia in 1957. Various forms of the Sputnik chandelier exist today but two popular ones are the original sputnik chandelier that has metallic rods with lights at the end, and the urchin chandelier that has the lights within the middle.
In particular the urchin shape is a trending accent, with the form appearing in sculptural table or wall accents and in lighting. Can you picture this mod/mid-century space themed light in your home?
SPUTNIK AND URCHIN CHANDELIERS
1 – Splurge: Lumens – Zanadoo Chandelier $1920
2 – Steal: Stimulight – Urchin Chandelier $455
3 – Splurge: Design Within Reach – Satellite Chandelier $1471.41
4 – Steal: Zone Maison – Sergi $394