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Brussel Pendant

Brussel Era Ceiling Light in Black & White Combination, Czechoslovakia 1960s
Located in Zohor, SK
Unique ceiling light produced in Czechoslovakia in 1960, in the so-called Brussels era. The era is named after the EXPO competition in Brussels in 1958 where Czechoslovakia won the g...
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Chrome

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Brussels Era Glass Plate Light, Napako, circa 1960
By Napako
Located in Zohor, SK
named after the Brussel EXPO design show and competition in 1958 where the Czechoslovakian design stand
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Venetian Chandelier, 1940s Italy
Located in Brussels, BE
a Brussel's restaurant which has been destroyed since 1958. Two pairs available - Possibility to
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Vintage 1940s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Brussel Era Glass Plate Light by Napako, Czechoslovakia, circa 1960
By Napako
Located in Zohor, SK
Beautiful glass pendant in the plate design, so typical for the Brussels era. Very elegant light
Category

Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum

Czech Ceiling Lamp from Napako, 1960s
By Napako
Located in Zbiroh, CZ
Pendant lamp with a patterned shade from Napako. Graphics in popular "Brussel style". Produced in
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

  • Czech Ceiling Lamp from Napako, 1960s
  • Czech Ceiling Lamp from Napako, 1960s
  • Czech Ceiling Lamp from Napako, 1960s
  • Czech Ceiling Lamp from Napako, 1960s
H 28.75 in W 23.63 in D 23.63 in
Vintage Belgian Patinated Metal Pendent Chandelier by Bruno Van Roey
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-1990s hand patinated metal pendant chandelier by the Belgian designer Bruno Van Roey. Van Roey
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Late 20th Century Belgian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Finding the Right chandeliers-pendant-lights for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.

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