Master of the Mid-Century: Sciolari Lighting

The above image is one of my favorite things, found in a magazine many years ago. It looked nothing like interiors I had seen before and inspired my interest in interior design. I became obsessed with finding the source of the palm tree chandelier. Turns out, it's made by Gaetano Sciolari, and his designs are among the best of the mid-century.

Sciolari made his chandeliers in Italy and combined minimalism with high-glamour. The individual shapes that comprise his pieces are arranged in a highly geometric but still somewhat irregular manner, giving them an organic quality. The chosen materials are either highly reflective or highly transparent, thereby either multiplying the light produced by the fixture, or letting it pass directly through. This combination of seemingly-simple characteristics produces a personal style that is aesthetically satisfying and iconic. If you're lucky enough to have one of these pieces, please show us!

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