Modern Classics: The Patrick Townsend Orbit Chandelier

Modern Classics: The Patrick Townsend Orbit Chandelier

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 9, 2012

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.

TOP ROW:
1 & 2. 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.
3. Love the contrast with the very traditional floral paper in this dining room from Design Manifest.
4 & 5. 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.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. In a Brooklyn home from Dwell.
7. The Orbit chandelier in black, from Townsend Design.
8. In the Brooklyn apartment of Johanna Methusalemsdottir, from Freunde von Freunden.
9. In a rustic Charleston kitchen from Dwell.
10. 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)

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