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 contemporary environment.
Impulse – Frederick Ramond for Hinkley Lighting Bossa Nova – Wac Lighting
The newest age Sputnik chandelier utilizing LED technology….no light bulb on the end anymore but this is a globe shaped diffuser that helps diffuse the light. Available in black, white, and brass in different sizes.
Palisades Collection from Avenue Lighting
New for 2018! Sputnik meets Starburst in this diverse collection featuring tombstone crystal shaft, metal spikes, and light bulbs. Together this mix is dynamite! Available in Antique Brass with Champagne glass or Chrome and Clear glass. Moreover, the collection features wall sconces, ceiling mount (shown above), and different size suspensions.
Imogene by Arteriors Home
This 24 Light Starburst style Sputnik has great scale with varied rod lengths. Some of the rods have clear crystal balls while others are small light bulbs. This very Mid-Century looks is available in the shown brass and bronze finish as well as polished nickel.
Inertia – by Corbett Lighting
Crystal and Stainless Steel prisms characterize this contemporary take on the Sputnik Pendant. With xenon light sources this piece is sure to add some warmth and sparkle to any contemporary interior design.
Henderson Chandelier – by Arteriors
This new take on the Sputnik style chandeliers includes clear seedy glass globes covering edison style tube lamps. The extra dimension also adds to the flexibility to have this fixture outside as an outdoor chandelier in a covered patio. The 39″ diameter is available in two finishes: pale brass/seedy glass (shown) or brown nickel/smoke glass.
Tryst from Fredrick Ramond Lighting for Hinkley Lighting
We love how the long metal straight spikes of different lengths create simple silenced light. This Sputnik type chandelier also comes in Polished Nickel and is extremely organized and balanced.