Sputnik chandeliers are characterized by multiple straight arms tipped with single bulbs. The iconic light fixtures make a big impact in living and dining spaces, but a few have cropped up in nursery tours here on Apartment Therapy. The effect is playful, unexpected, and can skew glamorous or futuristic depending on the other room elements. Here are five favorites along with some tips for getting the look at home.
While the generic name comes from the Soviet satellite that orbited Earth and kicked off the space race in 1957, the fixtures we call Sputniks are inspired by Gino Sarfatti's 1954 Astral series of light fixtures for Lightolier.
Sputniks are visually engaging and cast amazing shadows on the ceiling, providing built-in entertainment for nursery dwellers. If you want one in your baby's room, a dimmer is essential for bedtime and late night feedings. Think scale in terms of light and heat; a big chandelier with lots of bulbs could flood a room with light and heat it up quickly, so choose one that suits the room well.
At $169 and 12" in diameter, Land of Nod's Up and Atom Chandelier fits smaller spaces and modest budgets beautifully. For a warmer take on the look that also suits a small room, check out Shades of Light's Mini Orbit Chandelier, featuring a chocolate bronze finish and gold crown bulbs for $149.
If you're buying vintage make sure that the wiring is safe and up to current standards. For a new take on the old classic, there are countless options out there, and check Etsy for made-to-order Sputniks.