Two pendant lights

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Feb 112013

Dropped into Beacon Lighting this weekend and was glad I had followed that sudden impulse to turn off the highway.

The Rosetta 15-globe chandelier was on sale, discounted by about $600. It will look beautiful hanging over the black wrought-iron four-poster bed in theĀ  main bedroom.

Rosetta pendant light fitting from Beacon Lighting

Rosetta pendant light fitting from Beacon Lighting (discontinued)

It has 15 small light globes nestled among its silvery branches. The dark red half-opened-rose shapes are made of glass.

Also picked up a pendant shade in the shape of a retro cartoon-style rocket ship – cute and funky, takes a 60W globe. This will either live in the laundry or hang over my desk (wherever that ends up) as a task light.

Both designs have been discontinued, so it was a lucky day for lighting :-)

According to Wikipedia:

  • Rocket would be “A pendant light, sometimes called a drop or suspender… a lone light fixture that hangs from the ceiling usually suspended by a cord, chain, or metal rod. “
  • Rosetta, however, would be “A chandelier … a branched, decorative ceiling-mounted light fixture. Chandeliers are often ornate, using dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass or crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light.”

A new light for the dining table

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Aug 202012

There’s no doubt the Tom Dixon-designed Beat pendant lights are gorgeous. Just look at those classic retro shapes. Then run your hands over the slightly powdery black finish, feel the weight of the metal, the luscious curves, and slide a fingertip across the brilliant bronze-colored interior. Lovely.

Beat Wide light shade by Tom Dixon

Beat Wide light shade by Tom Dixon. Click to see original.

I saw these lights in an Australian decor magazine a couple of years ago. They were shown in a modernist house in South Africa, grouped asymetrically from an extremely high ceiling over a solid timber dining table and concrete floors. Industrial chic, indeed.

These, I decided, would be my new dining-room light fittings, arranged in an asymmetrical group of four and replacing the existing 1978-vintage textured-plastic ceiling fitting.

Goup of Tom Dixon lights in a shop window

Goup of Tom Dixon lights in a shop window. Photo from Style North blog (click to see original post).

Since then the Beat family of lights has featured in many a photo shoot, usually in a kitchen or dining area. Matt Blatt and others have even produced their own lower-cost versions.

Like the birch-forest and fake-bookcase wallpapers, the Tom Dixon Beat light fittings have become an almost commonplace shorthand for a particular interior design aesthetic — in this case the lights say, “this is modern industrial decor with a nod to early Space Age sleekness.”

So I started looking for alternatives and Domayne came to the rescue. Meet my new dining-table pendant lights.

Blast pendant lights from Domayne

Blast pendant lights from Domayne

I love the 70s shapes, which suit the age of the house. The shiny colors are reminiscent of anodised aluminium drinking-cups we had for picnics when I was a kid. Stylish and fun, and about one-quarter the price of the Dixon grouping.

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