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...