In October of 1957, nearly 60 years ago, the Soviet Union launched the world’s very first satellite: the Sputnik 1. Its fame spawned a huge midcentury space-influenced furnishings boom, including the ever-popular Sputnik chandelier.
In recent years, that chandelier has once again become a popular fixture in modern decorating. The Sputnik 1 was comprised of a sphere with two pairs of protruding antennae to transmit information to Earth; the classic Sputnik chandelier design features a central sphere with protruding arms, each topped with a single light bulb. (Several styles mimic the Sputnik, like other “starburst” fixtures or linear fixtures with Sputnik-like arms, but are not truly Sputnik without the proper shape.)
The overall silhouette of the Sputnik chandelier remains the same, though subtle differences set apart pieces as designers seek to interpret it uniquely. This versatile fixture is available in various finishes and mounts, like floor lamps, sconces, and ceiling mounts. Bulb type also changes the look of the fixture dramatically.
A funky-colored Sputnik is even more eye-catching than a traditional bronze, brass, or nickel:
It’s vintage, yet modern; fun, yet stylish. What more could you possibly want from a light fixture?
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