The Sputnik Family Tree

The Sputnik Family Tree

The Sputnik Light Family Tree Russian Sputnik Satellite 1957                                Gino Sarfatti 1950 Model #2003 Sputnik Chandelier The Atomic Modern Design period was derived from the nuclear culture of the 1940’s to 1960’s.  It was a time of futuristic science, technology, and outer space exploration that influenced the design of furniture, cars, fashion, and just about every consumer product on the market.  In 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first Satellite into orbit and the race to space had begun.  The Sputnik Satellite was a 23” metal ball with four obtuse radio antennas awkwardly pointing out that circled the Earth in a mere 98 minutes.  It captured the fascination of space travel and soon became a symbol of the world to come.  It was around this time that Gino Sarfatti, the famous Italian designer, launched his own Sputnik ceiling chandelier that created a trend that is still alive today.   Strada Chandelier Collection by Kelly Warstler for Visual Comfort The Strada collection is uber cool, sophisticated, and comfortable all at the same time.  The small and neat little bulbs add to the very secret and peaceful existence of the many spikes.  Unlike most Sputnik style lights, this one has the light coming from within.. Starburst by Blackjack Lighting Completely integrated with LED the Starburst Chandelier squares up all of the celestial Sputnik style lines into a streamlined off balance version of the original.  The beautiful finishes of chrome, satin nickel, brushed brass, and matte white finishes provide you with a look for any modern...
BRASSMANIA at Lightovation!

BRASSMANIA at Lightovation!

  Brassmania at Lightovation!!   Lightovation, formerly known as the Dallas International Lighting Market, is the largest domestic lighting show in the United States – showcasing the newest and brightest of decorative and architectural lighting.  Every year over 100 of the top lighting companies release their designs on one of lighting’s grandest stages, establishing new fashions or endorsing the continuation of current trends. Over the last few years we have not seen a clear favorite in the demand for any certain metal finish, even more so we are living in an eclectic period of finish mixing.  It’s not uncommon to see a bathroom or kitchen utilizing multiple finishes in a design scheme, in most cases more than two.  In the past, matching finishes was a sign of a very well executed and loyal design scheme, now it seems to be indicative of a flat and uninteresting space.  And that’s when brass got hot.  The indisputable finish dujour at the Dallas Market Center in 2018 was brass! Yes, gold was said to be popular a few years back, and then we saw lots of copper getting attention, but now the reign of brass has begun and this is a trend that should have a decade of legs, yes brassmania has landed.  One of the reasons brass has some durability is because of the many shades of brass we saw.  Outside of the painted brass finishes which were plentiful, it seemed as though every manufacturer was trying a different hue, and what’s wrong with that?  Nobody is planning on matching an entire room in brass anyway, accents here and their mixed...
Chillin’ at the WestEdge Design Fair

Chillin’ at the WestEdge Design Fair

West Coast chill was the vibe throughout the Santa Monica Airport’s retired open-air Barker Hangar for the second installment of the WestEdge Design Fair. Founders Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly hosted a curated selection of independent local California designers, a few from the New York hipster scene, some international up and comers, and a diverse group of established brands that made the show comfortable and edgy. The hangar’s cozy indoor/outdoor experience felt more like a backyard BBQ than a stuffy trade show. The fair featured a color-changing cabana bar by Café Bella, exterior furniture by Wayfair, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres grilled by Kalamazoo Outdoor Grill. Entertaining us in between the opening night party for Heal the Bay and the A+D Museum’s cocktail soiree was Mr. Delicious himself – Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Troy Pennington, and the fabulous Kathryn Ireland. Here are a few of the booths and attractions that turned heads:   Cement Wallpaper Who says you need to live in an weathered urban loft or warehouse to have exposed cement walls? Resource Furniture didn’t. Their CONCRETEWALL cement-looking wallpaper is amazing! Custom printed, washable, non-flammable, and UV resistant this cement feels like the real thing down to the touch and scrape of a cinder block. With over 50 styles to choose from you can change your boring drywall into a textured authentic landscape. Elish Warlop – Hoop Sconce The Hoop Shade wall sconce we discovered was both playful and elegant – everything that a thin indirectly lit brass tube wall sconce could be. The energy-efficient LED lamps are thoughtfully concealed in a small cavity inside the brass tubing creating an...
Highlights – ICFF  2014  NYC Part 1

Highlights – ICFF 2014 NYC Part 1

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair hosted at the Javits center in New York City was another excellent vacation in how to get immersed into the world of design. Concentrated over one weekend, this year was a soulful journey to feel and see the new thoughts and curves of our world’s hipster designers. It’s always grounding to stroll lazily through the vast exhibits and booths of design trade shows – seemingly without a care in the world while yearning to be grabbed and pulled with raw emotion. As a Lightopian I am attracted to my practice of lighting, and the focus of my report is indeed on lighting, while other crafts of design typically take a back seat to my vision there were a few pieces that made my mouth open in awe. To start, there were some new designers to me, that I would like to point out first, and then move on to some perennial favorites that are on the list because they are in fact listworthy and the meat behind the reason for going. I’m happy to report that lighting is indeed a large exploration for young designers and one with more freedom, to me, than creating another chair in the world. Because of this, there was indeed a large canvas of lighting at ICFF and for those that did not have a light in their booth I believe they are steadfast at putting one together as I type. Thus, many new lights made with many new materials, none more than the artists of the Phillipines. Design Philippines was a delegation of 15 members headed by their...
Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

The Bella Fiore by Seth Parks Glass     Ethereal? What does that mean? Well, this beautiful hand blown glass chandelier might may you think of ethereal. Its simple magical. The Led Stem light can make the glass shine any color you like, therefore the glass slightly glows with the beauty of a heavenly body. Mr Parks can build these beautiful fixtures just the way you want it, custom design are the forte of Seth Parks.   See more of Seth...