In recent years, there’s been a resurgence of all things mid-century modern.  And I love it!  One of my favorite mid-century modern classics is the Sputnik light fixture.  Its starburst shape with arms of irregular length make this chandelier a seriously one of a kind light fixture.  I am DYING to get a brass sputnik for my guest bedroom and I’ve been searching Ebay like crazy. The right Sputnik (perfect size) can be hard to find!



Above is a brushed brass fixture, that was modeled after an original.  This particular fixture is quite large, and has 36 lights!


What is “Sputnik” anyways?  Sputnik was actually the worlds’ first artificial Earth satellite.  It was launched on October 4, 1957 by the Soviet Union.  Sputnik started the Space Age, which introduced an influx of all new modernized technology, furniture, and motifs in the world of interiors.  Above is an artist’s rendition of the original Sputnik satellite in orbit around Earth.

Sputnik pendants come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are installed closer to the ceiling, like a flush mount, while others have several suspension wires that connect at the top.  Below is another version of the chandelier, but with a modern day touch.



In a recent project we’re working on, I found a fantastic vintage Sputnik inspired chandelier at White Elephant Antiques.  We’re using it in our client’s master bedroom.  Its black arms with silver ends really make this piece stand out.  It’s truly a fabulous spin-off of the original version.







 I really adore this particular fixture.  I just love how its shape is more flatt, and not as spherical.  It fans out over the table, and acts as a great visual focus point in this dining-


 This kitchen has integrated a Sputnik chandelier over the petite grand piano to help define it as a more elegant area, separate from the working areas in the kitchen.








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4 Comments to 'Spunky Sputnik!'

Selina 23 Oct 12 at 7:27 am

Totally agree! I’ve been scouring ebay for the last month to find one too – especially finding one that would ship to the UK is a little difficult! Uncannily i just bought this one this morning which will be going in my living room – i can’t wait! The nice thing is that you can source them if you have a bit of patience (and i even saw a couple of original make Lightolier ones come up on ebay). Hurrah!

Marina Klima 28 Oct 12 at 10:43 pm

Awesome! Stumble upon this blog and I find these Sputnik ideas really interesting . It is amazing how you present the Sputnik in the kitchen. It creates a huge impact, Sputnik chandelier puts elegance in the kitchen. I am thinking of putting one in my bedroom, looks like little stars especially if its time for you to retire after a long day of hard work.

MaterialGirls 01 Nov 12 at 9:01 pm

Wow Selina- I love that one!!! So jealous!

Alexandra 27 May 13 at 7:21 pm

It looks like you have done quite a bit of research and I agree that the Sputnik is a fabulous and fun interior design accent in decorative lighting. I have had the smaller one of the two mentioned as links below, in my dining / showroom for Room-33. In case you are looking for a source, we got you covered.

I am looking forward to explore your blog a little more.

Best wishes
– Alexandra

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