While many of the 'modern classic' designs we've been spotlighting come from the middle of the last century, there are a few more recent designs that we feel have already earned the right to be called classics. Among them: Patrick Townsend's Orbit Chandelier.
If the Orbit reminds you a bit of a string of Christmas lights, the resemblance is intentional; the design is the result of "pulling apart and exploding the string light", creating a delicate net of light that strikes a pleasing balance between the structured and the haphazard. The design utilizes a combination of tension and compression, similar to a suspension bridge. It's a creative and lovely re-imagining of the idea of the chandelier.
I love these contrasts — the black wall and the white chandelier, the texture of the rug vs. the smooth modern lines of the fixture. Perfect. Home of Sarah Yates, from her blog, A House in the Hills
Love the contrast with the very traditional floral paper in this dining room from Design Manifest
The dining room
of blogger Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay
. I love the soft girliness of the pink with the modern shape of the chandelier.
In a Brooklyn home from Dwell
The Orbit chandelier in black, from Townsend Design
In the Brooklyn apartment of Johanna Methusalemsdottir, from Freunde von Freunden
In a rustic Charleston kitchen from Dwell
In a lovely modern Christmas setting from Sitting in a Tree Events
. The laciness of the chandelier almost makes it seem like a Christmas decoration itself.
(Images: as linked above)