Inviting As Innovative – Contemporary Chandelier
The very first chandeliers were functionally used to illuminate large halls in churches during the Medieval Period. These chandeliers were usually made of wood and have spikes in its crossed-arms to secure the candles as it is hoisted to a high position. In the 15th century, the chandelier began to have a decorative purpose to draw attention to the palace homes of the very few wealthy people – a status symbol so to speak, the chandeliers then having ringed or crown designs. During the beginnings of the 18th century, elaborate brass fixture became prominent, marked by long curvilinear arms and brighter with more (high-maintenance) candles. Yet this luxury had become available to the greater mercantile class. On the late 18th century however, the dawn of refractive glassmaking has catapulted the efficient production of lead crystal, giving birth to the feat of the magnificent crystal chandeliers. And throughout the rest of the 18th century onward the 19th century, more complex and elaborate forms of chandelier continued to develop to please once again the well-heeled. Until, the massive introduction of gas, and then later on electrical lighting, started to devalue the possession of a chandelier to those of the lower statuses as the traditional lighting appeal became replaced by commonplace, accessible, and easy forms of lighting. In spite of this, the modern-contemporary period revived the glittery-crystally-chandelier-feel another time.
The contemporary chandelier ofen becomes very ornate and its overall design made very intricate. The commonplace lamp lightings of a contemporary chandelier has become re-valued by installations of dozens of complex refractive glass forms that are able to scatter light in highly sophisticated yet attractively inviting patterns. Once again, the finest of the contemporary chandelier adorned famous homes, museums, hotel lobbies, luxury ships, and foremost establishments even opulent shopping malls.
Additionally, the new age contemporary chandelier exhibits ground-breaking forms, now with makes of astonishing shapes, and drawing on an array of different unconventional materials, ranging from imitative prisms to exquisite crystals, from rhinestones to gems, to steel, silver, tealights, lightbulbs, blown glass or shells – all for the variety of several fine tastes.
A contemporary chandelier would hang way-up the high ceiling or down low on the dance floor, hovered on the outdoor roof edge or lying poised atop a dining table.
Without doubt in this current decade, the contemporary chandelier has been reaching great heights with its fresh innovative expressions and sometimes even functional yet attractively inviting designs.