Ice Candy: Ball, Tom Dixon for Swarovski Crystal, Rs9,25,900 approx., made to order at Swarovski India Pvt. Ltd., ‘A’ Centre, LSC, Sector-C, Pocket 6&7, Vasant Kunj, Delhi
Red-light district: Crystal Chandelier, Artemide, Rs35,000, at Shimera Project Lighting, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Mumbai.
Industrial steam: Mesh Chandelier, Rs35,000 at Klove Studio, J-2 Green Park, New Delhi.
Slink and slither: Electric Princess Spaghetti, Studiomold, Rs52,500, at www.studiomold.co.uk.
Crystallized delight: Bohemia Chandelier, IPE Cavalli, Rs3,90,000 at Aamore per la Casa, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Mumbai.
Paper perfection: Paper Chandelier, Jenny Pinto, Rs30,000, at Jenny Pinto Studio, Bellundur Gate, Bangalore.
Draped in beauty: Flower of Life, TeamTwo Design, Rs1,12,440, at www.willowlamp.com.
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On the international design scene, minimal décor is losing ground. Ornamentation is being reintegrated into design; hence, there is a new interest in classical elements such as crystals.
A chandelier is any suspended pendent light where there is more than one source point of light. Traditionally, they are made of glass crystals. They can range in price from Rs50,000 to Rs50 lakh. The price depends on the quality of the crystals used, or the design.
Chandeliers should not be considered source lighting. They should be used strictly as accent features. One idea that can work beautifully is suspending a chandelier low on an intricate chain over the dining-room table. Or flank an entryway with a large linear-shaped chandelier. Never hang it at a standard height; try it just four feet above the ground. If you have a double-height foyer, say a 24ft room, hang it halfway down so it can be enjoyed from both levels. Chandeliers can be used in any number of design styles, but if you have a contemporary situation, it can work well to offset the room with a classic chandelier to accent the difference and create drama.
Bear in mind that chandeliers need regular cleaning. They will have to be dismantled and dusted. Glass needs upkeep and if there is a fabric element, that too will have to be specially treated.
I just saw the most incredible piece conceptualized by St. Louis, a French company. The chandelier is rock crystal in abstract and absolutely fantastic. Baccarat is another French company that creates beautiful work. The entire Italian island of Murano specializes in glass and is home to many chandelier companies, the most famous, probably, being Venini.