Named after the famous satellite, Sputnik Chandeliers are lighting fixtures that connect the wonders of the space age with contemporary style to create innovative pieces that excite the mind. These chandeliers utilize a spherical form connected to a spontaneous array of star-like extensions that captivates the eye, giving a tinge of explosion nostalgia and a futuristic setting in modern homes.
Often formed in a silhouette of a cosmic blast using clean lines at various angles, Sputnik Chandeliers are on the top of the list if you want visually striking light pieces that make a strong and long-lasting impression in your space. They create a lively atmosphere in any room, enhancing the ingenious and remarkable themes of your spaces.
Here at Zest Lighting, we have collated stunning and impactful Sputnik Chandeliers that dazzle your rooms on any occasion. Available for shipping Australia-wide, we welcome you to browse our beautiful collection of designer Sputnik Chandeliers at affordable prices.
The Sputnik style is deeply rooted in the history of national rivalries. More specifically, as the iconic style that sprung from the space exploration age, it was named after the first artificial satellite launched from Earth in 1957. No bigger than a beach ball and weighed less than 190 pounds, the Sputnik satellite was destroyed three months after its departure to space, but it left a futuristic and sleek design that sparked the revolution of a new style known in fashion, art, architecture, and even on lighting décors.
Mid-Century Chandeliers and Sputnik Chandeliers
Some may classify Sputnik chandeliers as mid-century chandeliers too, but not all mid-century chandeliers can be categorized as Sputnik chandeliers. Mid-century chandeliers are inspired by the American design movement back in the 1950s, during the period of World War II, aligned with the ideals of the modernism movement of the period. These chandeliers are characterized by their simple and clean lines which generally does not include decorative embellishments. In some perspective, Sputnik chandeliers are similar to them, making it a sub-classification of mid-century chandeliers but with great emphasis on its futuristic design.
Guidelines on How to Choose your Sputnik Chandelier
As a staple style for chandeliers among mid-century style lovers, Sputnik chandeliers left wonders in the history of art and design. Spectators are captivated by the unique design, attracting them to a refreshing ambience brought its innovative style. With so many Sputnik chandeliers out in the market, how do you find the one that fits your demands? As a famous designer once said, “there’s nothing sexier than the right lighting,” so here are some elements you might need to consider when choosing your next trendy Sputnik chandelier:
Context: Chandeliers in general are often used in public places or common areas. However, no room is off-limits - you can put even Sputnik chandeliers even in storage rooms if you like. The important part is that the Sputnik chandelier should complement the overall décor and atmosphere in the room, and not disrupt it. Choosing the correct Sputnik chandelier for a room can enliven its mood and add a fresh voice to it.
Colour: The colour and the chandelier's finish is directly related to the context. If you want to place a Sputnik chandelier as the centrepiece of a chrome-themed room, a Sputnik chandelier with a bronze finish might not be your best choice. Consider the appropriate colour shades and palette of the décors in the space in which you will suspend your chandelier, as the colour of your light fixture may decide if the room will bring you praise or shame.
Material: Sputnik chandeliers can be made out of different materials. Each material may need different types of care instructions to prolong the fixture’s brilliance and life span. Furthermore, some materials are best used indoors like wood as they’re less resistant to weather changes despite any treatment made to them. Be sure to consider the material type of the Sputnik chandelier you are going to buy for your rooms to minimize potential mistakes and losses.
Size: The size of your Sputnik chandelier depends on where you will suspend it. If it’s over the flooring, a good rule of thumb is to measure the length and the width of the room in feet, add them together, and you will get the diameter of your desired Sputnik chandelier. Note that your result should be swapped to inches, so if you have a sum of 25 feet for your room measurements, the diameter of your Sputnik chandelier is 25 inches. If you plan to make it the focal point of the room, add six to eight additional inches to your result. If it’s over a table or counter, standard formulas say that the chandelier should be at least half to three-fourths of the size of the table. However, with all these recommended measurements, always remember that proportion is the key. Having a Sputnik chandelier that is too big or too small will result in a disproportioned look in your space, so consider the right size for your chandelier wisely.
Number of Branches and Lights: Sputnik chandeliers are known for their numerous branches, with each section holding a light piece. Some chandeliers have only three forks while others have as many as 21 interconnected limbs, creating a complex yet intriguing design. If you plan to use a Sputnik chandelier in a small space, having a fixture that has too many branches might make the room look crowded and overwhelming, so consider the complexity of the design when choosing your Sputnik chandelier.
Hanging Height: The height of the Sputnik chandelier should be based on the height of the ceiling and its location in the room. If it’s to be suspended over an open space such as a living room or a foyer, make sure that there is at least 12 inches of space in between the lowest point of the chandelier and the head height. If it’s hung over a table or a kitchen countertop, leave at least 36 inches between the tabletop and the Sputnik chandelier bottom to avoid hitting your head.
Bulb Type: When Sputnik chandeliers are made, they are designed to fit only specific bulb types. Some of these bulb types are popular merchandise in certain areas, while others need to be ordered out of town or overseas because no available supply can be found within the city. As such, knowing the available types of bulbs in your community is an essential aspect in choosing your Sputnik chandelier if you want to use the lighting fixture as soon as possible. You may also ask your respective sales agent if they can provide the necessary bulbs for your chandelier if need be.
Installation and Ceiling Type: The installation process of your Sputnik chandelier is related to your ceiling type. You’ll have little to no trouble installing your Sputnik chandelier if you have a low ceiling as the chains and downrods accompanying your chandelier order is enough to do the job. However, if you plan to hang your Sputnik chandelier over a sloped, vaulted, or high ceiling, you might need to purchase additional equipment to suspend the fixture nicely and securely. It’s also recommended to purchase a motorized type of installation equipment so that you can lower the chandelier easily for cleaning.
Location: Sputnik chandeliers are appropriate in all kinds of areas. Whether you plan to hang it over the kitchen island, in the dining room, near a stairway, inside a bedroom, or above a grand foyer, there is a Sputnik chandelier that can accommodate your needs. If you’re planning to use a Sputnik chandelier in an outdoor area such as gazebos and patios, make sure it’s rated for outdoor use to ensure your and your guests’ safety.
Got your eye on a Sputnik chandelier? If not yet, browse Zest Lighting’s selection of curated designer Sputnik chandeliers perfect for any space in your home. Ranging from futuristic designs tinged with traditional vibe to sleek contemporary lighting fixtures inspired by cosmos explosion, there is a Sputnik chandelier that will brighten and liven your room, enhancing the pristine and finesse aura of your area. Leave a message for any concerns or questions you might have. Shop now at Zest Lighting.