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14.03.19

1) WELCOME TO OUR BLOG

Welcome to the blog of the Contemporary Chandelier Company!

 

We would like this blog to become a platform where we can share our insights on what it means to be an artist, product designer, glassmaker and an independent UK chandelier producer. We understand that the expertise we have gained over the past 30 years is a short, narrow line, but we would like to share some of that knowledge in order to inspire other people; be it young artists on their way to discover what they want to do, or people who are just interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing some of our stories and keeping you posted about what is happening at Contemporary Chandelier Company.

14.03.19

2) Social Media? Really?

Written by Iestyn Davies
Creative Director, Contemporary Chandelier Company

 

One needs to remember, however, that things are changing quicker than ever before. For example, we now live in a time when some companies are grown entirely online. With Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and many more, it seems that now you HAVE to show you are a human and able to connect, even when you are a big company. This is what we would like to show with this blog: we are genuine artists, we do listen to each and every client and we operate on a very personal level, tailoring our work to the tiniest detail in response to the intended end result. And even though we tried to show it in our customer approach, our marketing specialists remind us that in this modern day we might cease to be viable if we don’t put more effort into our social media.

I never had to think about blogging before and in truth I initially resented the fact that my company would have to commit even more time to this marketing task. It was only recently when I realised, we could show how and why we do what we do in a great new way. I realised that via Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest we have an opportunity to justify why we are different and valuable within market composed mostly of imported brands and mass-produced commercial lighting.

 

Photograph credit: Sally Sparrow Photography

www.sallysparrowphotography.com

18.03.19

3) Artistic AND viable?

Written by Iestyn Davies
Creative Director, Contemporary Chandelier Company

 

Through this blog I’d like to show people that you can survive and prosper in this world by creating work that is unique, individual yet still commercial.

Through sharing our experiences, our story and what we have learned over the years, we are hoping to inspire others and start a discussion about what is creativity, how is it considered nowadays, and how people can be creative. We are trapped in the “Age of Austerity” without any respite; I’m sure I am not alone in getting distraught about where the world is going in terms funding for creative industries; how it always gets cut, and how young people are discouraged to pursue their careers in arts. It’s the hardest thing to take yourself and your creativity to make your mark on the world.

There will always be different definitions of what constitutes and defines artwork of any importance. Similarly, there are various opinions as to what defines whether you are viewed as a craft worker, artist, designer, product designer, interior designer or designer-maker.

To summarise my view on the case, we are all of these things at some point. There are many people who want to create and don’t know yet what and how. I want to show them that anything is possible in terms of taking your ideas, your passions, and finding a vehicle to drive them. In my case it was the art of glassmaking, but it can be different things to different people.

Many people have a dream, and many do not know what it is they want, they just know the type of thing they want to pursue – it was the same for me. I had to find out what my dream was, and I think that’s how a lot of people are; not knowing what they want, confused and bewildered by their options. I’d like to show by my own story how I went from not knowing what I wanted to achieve something that I really enjoy and that has occupied me for all my adult life.

I hope this blog will serve as an inspiration to provoke some thoughts on that topic.

26.03.19

ODE TO BREXIT - Part 1

Perspective from a small business: Planning for Armageddon

We all remember the great big carrot (bus) story that proclimed that £350 million pounds per week would be free to spend on the NHS if we leave Europe; what we were not told was how much it would cost us to achieve this.How much it would cost to push the country over a cliff edge, without a care for health and safety, something we are normally pretty hot on as a nation.

I have run my own business since 1987, that’s 32 years of hard work; working on average 6 days a week. Much of my time is spent looking forwards and planning for any contingencies that may arise; we all problem solve on an everyday basis; I mean you have to second guess what may affect the smooth running of your business before it happens. You have to plan, don’t you? Otherwise you end up just reacting to outside stimuli with all the finesse of a single celled algae.

Now, I am not particularly political but over the past two years I have become increasingly annoyed at what can only be described as a political farce; I mean it’s just plain embarrassing, irresponsibility on a mass scale. We are all being told that we are leaving Europe in the very near future. Whatever the cost, apparently – with no firm plans – just acting on principal.

Like many in the UK, I am woefully embarrassed with our politicians since they seem devoid of common sense and the ability to plan for something they professed to know about. To complete the analogy, we are becoming one large ostracised amoeba, stranded in a fast evaporating drop of water.

There doesn’t appear to be any coherent plan, just the mantra; “the people have spoken, and it is our duty to listen and carry out their wishes”. We were not asked if we were willing to leave should our government be unable to arrange a proper strategy.

The other day I listened to three politicians profess that all of the three choices currently on the table were untenable, non-viable and ‘rubbish’ but in order to end the hell they are enduring they felt compelled to vote for the least humiliating, but could not decide which of the three. I’m sure that any one of us would put more planning into buying a washing machine.

Instead of the £350 million we were going to free up for the NHS, Brexit is apparently costing the UK between £500m and £800m per week, or around £40 billion so far, according to Mark Carney of the Bank of England.

Hurrah for Democracy.

European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted recently of “a special place in hell” for “those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely". He could have just called our government irresponsible on a grand scale but I kind of like his sentiment.

26.03.19

ODE TO BREXIT - Part 2

What is this thing with immigrants?

BUT FIRST A DISCLAIMER

Writing a blog has necessitated the need for me to check up on facts, statistics and opinions; I am not a researcher or writer; I am a glassmaker by trade and now a chandelier manufacturer who just wants to get some things off my chest.

“No deal” appears to mean that we are committed in placing every person and business in the UK (and let’s not forget those Brits who live and work outside the UK) in jeopardy for the foreseeable future. Oh, and let’s not forget all those ‘foreigners’ and ‘migrants’ on which we depend and have depended on for generations.

Immigrants were coming to Britain long before the welfare state was invented. Go back far enough and those of us who are not truly indigenous are, by definition, immigrants.

I have an opinion that I need to share. This is unusual for me as I do not have the time or patience for Twitting or Farcebook, and I dislike unsocial-media intensely as people disrespect others disproportionally, safe in their anonymity. I do not and have never had any personal accounts where I feel it necessary to air my personal views… until now.

Tonight, while writing I asked Mr Google a question in a Monty Python manner:

‘What have the migrants ever done for us?’

I read about 4 articles; this is what the word on the street is –

Without an inflow of external creativity, i.e migrants, we apparently would not have The Mini (founded by a Greek asylum seeker), Marks and Spencer (Marks was a refugee from Belarus), Thunderbirds (all happened after escaping from the Ukraine), or the House of Windsor (imported from all over).

I am not averse to roast dinners, fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, a full English breakfast, Cornish pasties, or strawberries and cream – (just not all in the same meal).

I also greatly enjoy chicken tikka masala, spag bol, lasagne, chilli, pizza, Thai green curry, KFC, salt and pepper squid, and the odd mixed meat kebab in a naan, like millions of other Brits.

The 3% of me that is healthy loves a spicy Thai salad, pho soup, sushi (I do really like sushi!), hummus and falafels.

This is the serious bit ….                                           

What would we do without all the bus drivers, nurses, doctors, cleaners, skilled building contractors, footballers, Olympic sportsmen and women, child carers, musicians and artists who have travelled from around the world to contribute to our culture and economy for generations?

How about the Kenyans, Gurkhas, Muslims and Polish that fought alongside us in years gone by?

(https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/ten-things-that-immigration-has-done-for-britain-9839549.html)

26.03.19

ODE TO BREXIT - Part 3

Accountability for the future generations

Undoubtedly, we the great British public, have been misled and had our expectations squashed by incoherence and incompetence. It obvious now in hindsight that we were only told half the story at a point where it mattered most.

Many of us voted for Brexit as an expression of our dissatisfaction in our ‘governors’ and our political systems.

Personally, I wouldn't trust any of our politicians to work on behalf of the public. We are being led by the short and curlies towards an increasingly terrifying void by Theresa May, who let’s face it, I do not remember being voted in by the common man.

Like many other people in the UK I have no real allegiance to either the Conservatives or Labour.

Both parties occupy themselves with conflict, scoring one over the opposition, rather than the good of the country. We are literally paying for their mistakes. All profess to have our interests at heart, yet they appear more concerned for their jobs and retaining power. Our bottom line seems to be one of resignation or apathy and our future seems dictated by the repercussions of politicians running out of ideas, time and sense.

Ironically James Dyson fled to Singapore recently, Airbus and Nissan are poised to fly the coup, as are Sony and Panasonic. To follow are Jaguar, Range Rover, P&O, and JP Morgan to name but a few (36% of UK financial service companies have apparently considered or confirmed relocating their staff to Europe).

Conversely ‘migrant’ companies, such as Amazon, Google, Starbucks and Apple, should rightfully be criticised and penalised for their lack of tax contribution to the UK, but we all like a coffee whilst purchasing goods on our laptop, don’t we?                                   

Alan Sugar gave a memorable speech in October 2018 where he condemned the government suggesting that “if company law rules were to apply to politicians, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, amongst others, should be prosecuted and held responsible for putting the country under five to ten years of post-Brexit turmoil.”

04.04.19

ODE TO BREXIT - Part 4

Now

As a small business we are already being affected in what we can plan for, as is every business that trades with other countries. We do import specialist components, as do our suppliers. We also export large wooden crates filled with chandeliers every month to the US, Middle East or Europe.

We spent a lot of money last year exhibiting at our one Annual Trade show, 100% Design in London (this year, by the way, it’s Grand Designs Live, London in May). We were busy with both new and old clients, all of us inexorably tied into the luxury housing sector. We were told by many people that the majority of completed projects were not selling due to, yes you guessed it, Brexit uncertainty. The world is holding off making any decisions until this is sorted. Hmm, various sources say this could be from 5 and 30 years.

Our lead installer, Brett, resides in France and can usually be with us in the time it takes to get from Shropshire to Kent. Together with 1,999,99 other Brits, he is VERY concerned about his future in France. Will he will need a ‘carte de sejour’ to benefit from French health cover and to be working as a self-employed person in France. He may well require an international driving permit; his eligibility may depend on whether he is granted the carte de sejour. Whatever, he will need to totally reassess his rights in France. He and his wife recently attended a public meeting in their local town hall and mentioned that he had never seen 500 people look so depressed.

Obviously one can invert this scenario and see how ‘migrants’ here might feel.

That’s what it is – depressing.

04.04.19

ODE TO BREXIT - Part 5

The Future

They say that success is often measured by the time one survives in business. For over 30 years our small company have survived various recessions by adaption and I’m sure we can ride this out; initially we will be targeting the US and other non-British countries for our orders. We have just been commissioned to design and build an amazing jellyfish installation in a top sushi bar in Times Square, New York.

(But by the time we complete the order, who knows what new export laws may be in force!)

So where is the jubilation now?

Okay, you have probably worked out by now I voted to remain, a decision based solely on the fact that I do not and have never trusted our politicians. I would rather have the EU checking our questionable human right policies and, let’s face it, we are not a Great Britain anymore - we have become Brexit Britain. We are not the United Kingdom, just generally dissatisfied.

This is not to say that I in any way disrespect what, we, the people of the UK can and do achieve.

We are still great innovators and free-thinkers, but we do not deserve what we now find ourselves ‘supporting’. £40 billion pounds would have gone a long way to addressing the people’s concerns with communication, clarity and education without having to endure and pay for this farce.

 

Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

 

 

As a footnote - here’s a surprisingly long list of just some our most successful homegrown brands that have been sold to overseas companies:

Rolls-Royce (first VW, then BMW), Cadbury (Kraft), Walkers (Nabisco, then Pepsi), Lea & Perrins and HP Sauce (Danone, then Heinz), Tetley (Tata Tea), Dulux (Akzo Nobel), Jaffa Cakes (United Biscuits then Yildiz Holding), Harvey Nicholls (by a Hong Kong-based company), Kit Kat (Nestle), Walls Ice Cream and Marmite (Unilever), Mini (BMW), Financial Times (Nikkei Inc., Japan), House of Fraser (Sanpower Group, China), Manchester United (American), Waterstones (Elliot Advisors, USA), Innocent (Coca-Cola), Beefeater Gin, Chivas Regal and Glenlivit (Pernod Ricard), Newcastle Ale (Heineken), Harrods (Qatar), Weetabix (Bright foods in Shanghai), Terry’s Chocolate Orange (now made in Poland by Mondelez), Scottish Power (Iberdrola, Spain), Heathrow (now owned by International Investors, led by Drupo Ferrovial, Spain), TFL and Arriva (Germany), The Times (Murdoch), British Steel (Indian Tata), Asda (Wal-Mart), Boots (Walgreens), Jaguar Land Rover (Tata Motors)

22.08.19

4) ORIGINS: The way I came into glass (part 1 of 4)

Written by Iestyn Davies

Creative Director, Contemporary Chandelier Company

We can only really teach others by example and from our own experiences. This is my story of how that worked for me using glassmaking as a vehicle to take me into lighting.

From an early age I was lucky enough to be encouraged by my parents and teachers to be a creative individual. That concept of working with my hands had been brewing ever since I was 8, chipping bits of stone in the garage, getting it in my eyes, melting lead on my Mum’s cooker and casting ingots in bits of plaster, building underground dens, constructing things… Soon it became clear that I would embark on further education in arts. I chose a foundation course.

One could say that I was never really an academic, but I also wanted the choice of my arts career to be a conscious one. I enrolled in a foundation course with a very strong educational concept which allowed me to explore different disciplines for a year. I discovered screen printing, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and stone... I discovered I really enjoyed working in 3 dimensions and I realised I particularly loved making my mark and manipulating different base elements: clay, stone, wood, metal and plastics. Each have their own properties, physical traits, grain and density, malleability and methodology. I had the ability to coordinate, engaging my brain into finding out what things were and instructing my hands, with practice, to learn new skills.

I thought I wanted was to be a stone sculptor, starting with a block of stone. Inspired by the words attributed to Michelangelo, amongst others, when being congratulated at the unveiling of his immortal David: He was supposedly asked how he could produce such a masterpiece from a crude slab of marble, to which he replied: ”It was easy… all I did was chip everything away that didn’t look like David”.

I was all set, working towards the life of a lonely, single artisan stone-sculptor chipping away in a cold room somewhere.

22.10.20

5) ORIGINS: THE WAY I CAME INTO GLASS (Part 2 of 4)

Written by Iestyn Davies

Creative Director, Contemporary Chandelier Company

One day my tutor mentioned to me there is an opportunity to go and see a local College that offered a degree in Glass Design. I was yet to realize that this one sentence would influence and help create the support structure for the rest of my life.

I arranged an informal introduction at Stourbridge College of Art and Design (now amalgamated into Wolverhampton University). Glassmaking was not readily available in pre- degree education, so I was looking forwards to my introduction to this new material.

While waiting to be shown around, I peered through a little square window for 15 minutes into the hot glass workshop and stood mesmerized by what I can only describe as a scene of controlled chaos with lots of fire.   I was watching a student trying to blow glass, unaware that they were igniting a lifelong spark in their unobserved observer.

This was my very first introduction to this amazing material, one I had not encountered before or even really thought about - hot glass.

There was a large rectangular box (the furnace) made from white firebrick that had a square opening or hearth which belched flame. I watched, fascinated, as this student took a long steel pipe, plunged it into the square hole in the flames, twiddled a bit and yanked out this white-hot viscous material. He then sat on a bench, set fire to a cloth while shaping the blob, creating geysers of steam and choking on the proceeds. All the time they turned the blowing iron, keeping the glass on centre. They blew hard down the iron and miraculously I could see a bubble of air grow within the glass. They repeated this process until the object was larger, longer and more uncontrollable, reheating it every so often back in the furnace, moving back to the bench, onto the next stage of making of a yet to be defined masterpiece.

Then disaster struck; they inadvertently stuck it to the wall of the hearth. As you may know glass gets more fluid the hotter it gets; their creation was beginning to uncontrollably distort and melt, obeying the law of gravity and thermodynamics and drooping onto the hearth. So, they put their foot up against the furnace, and pulled this ‘sort of vase’, stretching it to about 2 meters long before it snapped. As it broke free, they swung it aside and it set light to a broom that was standing nearby. They were still figuring it all out, saving their work and stamping out the broom which was still on fire, and I thought to myself … “You know what? This is the life for me!”, and the rest, as they say, is history.

30.11.20

All About Our LED Crystal Chandeliers

All About Our LED Crystal Chandeliers

Our company began designing crystal chandeliers for commercial purposes when clients desired a balance between high-quality crystal and an excellence in lighting and control.

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21.01.21

Our Range of LED Glass Chandeliers

Our Range of LED Glass Chandeliers

Here at Contemporary Chandeliers, we employ various hot glass techniques to produce a large variety of handmade objects, incorporating blown and solid elements within our glass chandeliers designs.

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18.06.21

Falling Leaf Chandeliers

Here at Contemporary Chandeliers, we specialise in designing, building and installing chandeliers. We believe our chandeliers are unique in that they are not simply chandeliers, but artistic sculptures in light and glass. Today we are shining the spotlight on our falling leaf chandeliers, so read on to find out more.

 

Leaf Chandeliers

 

Within our range of leaf chandeliers, we offer the classic falling leaf design, as well as a special autumn leaf option. These designs make up our first venture into kinetic lighting design, employing both Brass and 3D printed leaf elements. Interchangeable leaf forms are formed from either patinated or electroplated brass or laser sintered polymer. The lights used in these chandeliers are usually held within a highly polished stainless steel or polished acrylic top plate, creating a full mirrored image when viewed from below. Fusing together the organic beauty of the natural world with the latest technological developments in the form of wirelessly controlled adaptive leaf chandelier lighting effects and a virtually invisible monofilament suspension system, we combine the final component: movement. The kinetic effects bring the design to life, with a subtle yet enchanting display of colour and texture.

 

Bespoke Leaf Chandeliers

 

Every chandelier we create is a bespoke product, where we use your choice of materials and finishes, designed exclusively for you. The lights used are either a dimmable white or the very latest in RGBW, with the integral down-lighting can be dimmed, scrolled or paused using our smart phone application. With the desire to replicate the way that nature creates uniform shapes that are also entirely unique in their exact form, we create leaves in five styles, in three sizes, using two different materials, and two finishes.  Each leaf is heated and hand-shaped when being installed.  Whilst golden in appearance, with no two elements the same, the leaves look as natural as possible.

 

Falling Leaf Chandelier

 

The basic premise of our falling leaf chandeliers says it in the name, as the leaves are not only appear to be suspended in the air, but also in an active state of moving, and falling. Ideal for areas with high ceilings, we are able to offer various lengths, and lighting colours can achieve a different kind of ambience depending on the setting. We are able to use 3D laser printed leaves, yet also use more traditional techniques and materials, cutting the leaves from brass by hand, and hand-stamping them with the vein pattern, powdering coating white on the interior and electroplating the outer surface.

 

Autumn Leaf Chandelier

 

Formed of four different surface treatments that complement each other beautifully, the autumn leaf chandelier provides light and dark mottle and light and dark patination. The raw brass is used and hand-stamped with a fly press to create the leaf veins, with the surface Patinated using different chemicals, and lacquered to halt the patination process, protecting the rich surface finish. Each leaf is also hand-bent, polished and coated in a fine matt lacquer. The autumn leaf design was built on the foundations of our original falling leaf design.

 

Contact Us

 

To find out more about our falling leaf chandeliers, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call us on 01939 232 652 to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us about our falling leaf chandeliers or any other aspects of our business.

18.06.21

Glass Chandeliers

Here at Contemporary Chandeliers, we specialise in supplying chandeliers, from the designing and building stages right through to their installation. Our chandeliers are unique as are not only chandeliers, but artistic sculptures of light and glass. Today we’re going to look at our complete range of glass chandeliers.

 

The Contemporary LED Glass Chandelier

 

Our LED chandeliers are like no other, as they are made in-house as self-built LED modules that are made precisely to enhance the properties of the glass. In our range of contemporary LED glass chandeliers, we offer four designs: ‘Ice’ chandeliers, ‘Elements’ chandeliers, ‘Silk, Latticello and Seafoam’ chandeliers, and ‘Crizzle’ chandeliers. The ‘Ice’ chandeliers are formed to look like icicles and ‘Elements’ adopt a spherical shape where the light is hidden. The third range includes ‘Silk’, which involves thin trails of clear glass that are wound around a blown form; ‘Latticello’, which are influenced by an ancient Roman technique, with thin white glass cane twisted to form an optical pattern; and ‘Seaform’, which is inspired by sea creatures and organisms. Lastly, ‘Crizzle’ chandeliers is another glass ball chandelier, which evolved from the ‘Elements’ design, using a mixture of warm and cool light.

 

The Blown Glass Jellyfish Chandelier

 

Our jellyfish chandeliers are inspired by the shape and movement of sea creatures, designed to evoke the bioluminescence through the use of colour and light.  The hand-blown glass is combined with mirrored acrylic and mica, lit up to create a beautiful chandelier sculpture. Within this range, we offer two styles: the ‘Medusa’ and the ‘Hydra’. The ‘Medusa’ is made from two lighting circuits: the first illuminates the main body and glass tentacles with full colour LEDs, and the second lights the fibre optics.

 

The Glass Leaf Chandelier

 

If you want to bring natural elements into your chandelier design, our falling leaf chandeliers present our first venture into kinetic lighting, combining brass and 3D printed leaf components. These chandeliers are created bespoke for you, in dimmable white lights or RGBW. Within our falling leaf range, we also have an autumn leaf version, which aims to deliver an autumnal feel through its use of natural, golden tones, as opposed to the more vibrant colours of the standard falling leaf chandeliers.

 

Bespoke Commissioned Chandeliers

 

Aside from our own designs, which we can customise to the preferences of each client, we are able to create completely bespoke chandeliers as part of a special commission service. Special commissions include wall art, sculptures and installations, and interiors and corporate projects.

 

Contact Us

 

To find out more about our range of glass chandeliers, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can also call us on 01939 232 652 to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be glad to help you with any questions you may have for us about our glass chandeliers or any other aspects of our business.

18.06.21

Jellyfish Lights

Here at Contemporary Chandeliers, we use various hot glass techniques to create a wide selection of handmade objects, incorporating blown and solid elements within our glass chandeliers designs. As part of our range, we offer blown glass jellyfish chandelier lights for sale. Today we are going to focus on the features of these chandeliers, the techniques used to create them, and the different types from which you can choose.

 

The Jellyfish Chandelier

 

Whilst in reality, jellyfish can be dangerous sea creatures, there is a fascination with their beauty which is often captured on nature documentaries, where we can keep safe distance from their fatal stings. Inspired by the shape and movement of these sea creatures, we aim to capture the beauty of the jellyfish in these chandelier designs. Through the use of colour and light, our jellyfish chandeliers evoke the bioluminescence of these natural phenomena. 

 

Blown Glass Techniques

 

Our jellyfish chandeliers are formed using hand-blown glass techniques, which are combined with mirrored acrylic and mica material. These are then lit up to create stunning chandelier sculptures. Within our jellyfish range, we offer two designs: the ‘Medusa’ and the ‘Hydra’. Whichever you opt for, when placed in a room, each will transport you to a magical underwater world.

 

Medusa Jellyfish Chandeliers

 

The ‘Medusa’ jellyfish chandelier is made from two lighting circuits, with the first illuminating the main body and glass tentacles with full colour LEDs, and the second lights being the fibre optics. The body of the jellyfish light is made from hand-blown glass, with flecks of mica encapsulated within the glass. It consists of eight trails of glass on the surface, with eight individually sculptured glass tentacles. The full colour RGB LED tape runs vertically throughout the body, which is attached to the mirrored acrylic, which forms the inner core, reflecting the mica elements.

 

Hydra Jellyfish Chandeliers

 

Due to the international popularity of the original ‘Medusa’ jellyfish lights, we developed the ‘Hydra’ jellyfish chandeliers. This chandelier is much more suitable for export to the USA and other countries overseas. Instead of the fragile tentacles, the Hydra chandelier features a dynamic array of handmade fibre optic strands. Overall, this option is smaller and less fragile than the original design. It is available in suspended groups in a range of different and complementary shapes. Whichever design would best meet your requirements, you are sure to be able to create a mesmerising and impactful space, whether for an event space, a hotel foyer, or as part of an artistic project. 

 

Contact Us

 

To discover more about our jellyfish chandeliers and to discuss which design would work best for you, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can call also us on 01939 232 652 in order to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us about our jellyfish lights or any other aspects of our business.

18.06.21

Crystal Chandeliers

Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we provide our clients with a range of chandelier designs, combining lighting with sculpture. As well as our unique falling leaf and jellyfish chandeliers, and bespoke commissions, we offer a standard range of contemporary LED glass and crystal chandeliers. Today we are going to focus on our crystal chandelier category.

 

What is Crystal Glass?

 

The basic material of crystal was historically a type of glass where lead replaces the calcium content of a typical potash glass. In modern times, the lead is sometimes replaced with barium oxide, zinc oxide, or potassium oxide. However, the use of lead oxide when added to the molten glass means that it has a much higher index of refraction than regular glass. This is what gives it the extra sparkle we have come to associate with chandeliers, raising the correlated dispersion, which produces the colourful prism effect.

 

The History of Ornamental Crystal Glass

 

The use of decorative crystal glass for ornamental purposes goes back hundreds of years. There were even hanging oil lamps in the Byzantine period, and the earliest candle chandelier dates back to the medieval times. By the 15th century, more complex designs began to appear, with the cut glass chandelier dominating from around 1750 to 1900. During the mid-19th century, gas lighting became more popular, when more elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed. Whilst in the 20th century, chandeliers were often used as focal points in rooms rather than illuminated lights, with the use of LED lighting in contemporary chandeliers, it is now possible to be more creative and innovative with the ornamental design of chandeliers, that combines crystal glass with light.

 

Contemporary Crystal Chandeliers

 

Whilst traditional crystal chandeliers feature in an historical buildings and stately homes, through the use of the latest technology, we have begun to see chandeliers in a new light – both literally and figuratively speaking. The use of LED lighting and all the benefits it provides has led to the opportunity for designers to re-imagine their craft in thrilling new ways.  As LED lights are more efficient and easier to control than incandescent bulbs, modern crystal chandeliers can be made to be both brighter and more delicate in form, without requiring more energy.  The array of available colours can also add more creativity to contemporary designs.

 

Crystal Chandelier Design

 

At first, we produced our own designs in response to clients' specifications, so special bespoke projects have always been a big part of our business. Our contemporary LED chandeliers combine the traditional sparkle people associate with cut crystal with a modern twist. Within this category, we offer three distinct deigns: Swoosh, Spiral, Twist, as well as those for corporate clients. Each of our designs uses high quality Austrian crystal and LED downlights within the top plate that can be adjusted with a remote control.

 

Contact Us

 

To discover more about our LED crystal chandeliers, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. Alternatively, can speak to a member of the team directly by calling us on 01939 232. We will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us about our LED crystal chandeliers or any other aspects of our business.

 

 

18.06.21

Jellyfish Chandeliers

Jellyfish chandeliers from Contemporary Chandeliers are a bold and unique new style for domestic or commercial environments, created by master craftspeople.  We are confident that a blown glass jellyfish chandelier will automatically become a central feature of any space in which it is installed.  What inspired these jellyfish lights, and how has technology allowed us to go further than ever in recreating the effects of some of nature’s most exotic spectacles right in your own home?

For centuries, the ocean has proved to be an inspiration to fantasy authors, illustrators, and film-makers.  From 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Little Mermaid to Moby Dick and Jaws, storytellers have used the underwater realm to represent the exotic and the fantastical, the unknown and the unknowable.

What makes the underwater environment such a fertile source of offbeat ideas?  Firstly, the ocean is inaccessible – without specialist vehicles or apparatus, humans can only explore the infinitesimal fringes of what is by far and away the most extensive surface ecosystem on Earth.  The second factor is the lighting – or lack of it.  Even at latitudes which bask in bright sunlight, the sea gets darker very quickly as you descend.  Many shallow regions are shrouded in a perpetual twilight which adds a sense of mystery, just as does mood lighting in a lounge or nightclub.

Deeper still, the only sources of light are the intriguing bio-luminescent flora and fauna which are found in some regions – which brings us to our third point.  We can all drive through the countryside and observe cows and sheep in the fields.  We can book holidays to see more exotic creatures, such as giraffes and penguins.  But nothing can prepare you for the surreal experience of witnessing the strangest aquatic creatures and plants first-hand.  Eels, anglerfish, cephalopods, and possibly the weirdest of all – Medusozoa, more commonly known as jellyfish – couldn’t be stranger to our eyes if they actually arrived from another planet.

Capturing the essence of this remote realm, and the ethereal beauty if its inhabitants, was the goal of the designers working on this project.  By taking materials which play with the light, and working them into forms which suggest slow and graceful movement, the Contemporary Chandeliers team have created jellyfish lights which are completely unlike anything else available on the market.  Each blown glass jellyfish chandelier boasts hand-crafted elements, and therefore each one is unique.

The latest LED lighting technology has allowed us to take this concept to the next level of realism.  Multi-coloured, dimmable light sources are installed in each ‘jellyfish’, and settings can be changed by remote control.  Meanwhile, the optical fibres which hang down and catch pinpoints of light are almost hypnotic, like the tendrils of some of the strangest and most astonishing creatures you might ever hope to see.

The two types of jellyfish chandelier for sale are the ‘Medusa’ and ‘Hydra’ lines.  To learn more about our jellyfish chandeliers, falling leaf chandeliers, crystal and glass models and other works, please contact us by telephone or online.

20.07.21

About Our Staircase Chandeliers

About Our Staircase Chandeliers

 

Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we provide our clients with a range of chandelier designs, combining lighting with sculpture. Today we are going to focus on staircase chandeliers, covering what they are, how you place them, and how to find the perfect style for your home.

 

What are Staircase Chandeliers?

 

Staircase chandeliers, also known as stairwell chandeliers, are designed to work with the stairwell of a building. They do not tend to go over the staircase itself, but rather adjacent to it. They work particularly well for staircases with a large centre, so they can be viewed from each landing area. They also work well for grand open staircases that sweep around the building, make more of a focal point of the area. The staircase includes the steps themselves, whilst a stairwell refers to the empty space that extends vertically through the building, containing the stairs. It is the stairwell where these types of chandeliers are placed.

 

 

How do you Place Staircase Chandeliers?

 

When considering the position of your chandelier, the precise measurements are key. Whilst an object of beauty, the practical side of their use is to illuminate the space, so this is important to keep in mind through the design process. You could try to add the length and width of the room together, and this total should offer the diameter of your chandelier. You should also measure the distance between the stairs, the railing, and the ceiling, avoiding it being in easy reach, so it is untouchable.

 

 

Find Your Style

 

When considering a style, it is important to think of the setting that you are placing it in. Whether you go for a more modern look, or stick with a traditional aesthetic, we can create something to suit your interior style. For example, our falling leaf designs can offer illuminated leaves cascading down your stairwell, or we can produce something bespoke just for you.

 

Other Factors to Consider

 

There are more elements to consider when installing your staircase chandelier. This includes making sure your ceiling’s loading capacity is going to support your new staircase feature, how you will access it (for example, for cleaning and replacing bulbs), and what kind of lightbulbs you would like. For example, we offer LED lights that help to save energy, and require less changing, available in an array of colours.

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

If you would like to discover more, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can also speak to a member of the team directly by calling us on 01939 232. We will be happy to help you with any queries.

07.09.21

Falling Leaf Chandeliers

Imagine illuminated leaves, suspended as though falling in the air. Our falling leaf chandeliers offer a unique light feature that can appear to slow or stop time, creating an incredible ambience in any room. Using kinetic lighting design, our falling leaf chandeliers were our first venture into lighting of this kind, combining brass and 3D-printed leaf elements.

 

Fusing together the organic beauty of the natural world with the latest technology through wirelessly controlled lighting effects and a virtually invisible monofilament suspension system, the addition of movement brings the chandelier to life in a hypnotic display of colour and visual texture.

 

Each falling leaf arrangement is made from a wide palate of interchangeable leaf forms, each produced from either patinated or electroplated brass or laser sintered polymer, making each chandelier design one-of-a-kind. They are made bespoke, with your specifications regarding your desired materials and finishes.

 

When it comes to the lighting element, falling leaf chandeliers can be produced with either dimmable white light, or the very latest in RGBW. The lights are usually held within a highly polished stainless steel or polished acrylic top plate, which creates a full mirrored image when viewed from below. It is possible to dim the integral down-lighting as well as scrolling or pausing through our Smart Phone App.

 

Our falling leaf chandeliers allude to the tradition of taking artistic inspiration from nature, with our chandeliers taking this history a step further by suspending the leaves in such a way as to appear that they are spiralling in a current of air. In addition to our falling leaf chandeliers, we also offer a specific autumnal aesthetic with our autumn leaf chandeliers. Whichever design you prefer, just as in nature, we aim to make each of the leaves unique rather than repeat generic shapes by creating leaves in five styles, each in three sizes, two materials, and two finishes. 

 

In our autumn design, each individual element is heated and hand-shaped upon installation, so the gold leaf chandelier effect is made to look as natural as possible, with no two elements ever being exactly the same.  If you would like one of these bespoke chandelier designs as your centrepiece in an entrance hall, stairway or reception areas, please get in touch today to discover more.

16.12.21

Glass Chandeliers

Combining striking designs and modern illumination, we produce unique components to create modern glass chandeliers. Most of our styles hide the light source within the composition, a signature feature of Contemporary Chandelier Company Ltd. Today, we will explore the range of blown glass chandeliers we design and how they can elevate your surroundings.

‘Elements’

As our most popular design to date, the Elements range is a dazzling centrepiece for any room. Each clear ball is hand-blown in the UK and cut to a pattern so that the hidden light source appears to radiate from the sphere’s centre. The Elements range is available in Cool White and Warm Light LEDs to enhance the atmosphere of your environment.

‘Ice’

Suited for narrow spaces and wider compositions, our striking Ice chandeliers are a spectacular addition to any room. Crafted by master glassmakers in the UK, the spikes are made from hot crystal sculpted at the furnace side. With a design exclusive to CCC Ltd, we trap thousands of Mica flakes inside the solid hot crystal form. Each spike is lit individually by a super bright LED, available with warm, cool, white, and full colour-changing bulbs.

Silk, Latticello, and Seafoam

We offer a range of three explorations of how integrated light sources enhance the natural beauty of glass. Silk is formed by a sphere of blown glass wrapped with thin, winding trails that capture and distort the central light. Latticello is a modern spin on an ancient Roman technique of twisting a thin cane to create a distinctive optical motif. Seafoam is a unique composition inspired by microscopic organisms that illuminate the depths of the ocean.

Crizzle

Following the success of the Elements range, we introduced the ‘Crizzle’ to feature the same innovative design and integral LED system. The Crizzle range fuses traditional techniques and contemporary styling to create a captivating, fragile appearance.

Contact Us

We use several techniques to form exquisite objects and bespoke statement pieces. From clear to stained glass chandeliers, we can create an illuminating centrepiece to suit your style. You can discover more about our contemporary chandeliers by staying up to date with the latest news on our blog. Do not hesitate to reach out to our team by completing our online form or speaking to us directly by email or phone.

16.12.21

Jellyfish Chandeliers

Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we provide our clients with a range of lighting designs, combining lighting with sculpture. Today we are going to focus on our blown glass jellyfish chandelier, looking at the creatures that inspired it and what we have to offer for sale.

The Inspiration of The Jellyfish

In the natural world, although some jellyfish contain potentially deadly venom, there remains a fascination with these sea creatures. Formed of an umbrella-shaped bell body and trailing tentacles, these sea creatures have existed for at least 500 million years and are considered the oldest multi-organ animal group. It is some species of jellyfish’s bioluminescence that has been the inspiration for the jellyfish chandeliers we have to offer our customers.

What is Bioluminescence?

Simply put, bioluminescence is when a living organism emits light. In the deep dark of the ocean, some types of jellyfish provide this phosphorescence and display an incredible beauty. Whilst bioluminescence can be used for many reasons, including attracting a mate and communication, with jellyfish it is thought to be a warning to other of potential predators.

Our Jellyfish Chandeliers

It is from the bioluminescence of jellyfish where we draw inspiration from for these chandeliers, in terms of both their form and fluidity of movement. Our designs include glass, mirrored acrylic, mica and light to create these unique lit sculptures, which is dynamic in its use of lighting. We offer two styles within this range as interior lighting for the modern home interior.

Choose Your Design

The first in our range of jellyfish chandeliers is the ‘Medusa’, which is named after the sexual phase of the sea creature, yet also carries its own mythology. The second is the ‘Hydra’, which is named after a jellyfish-like organism. The ‘Medusa’ design is the most complex, made of two lighting circuits, with the first illuminating both the main body and glass tentacles with full colour LEDs, and the second illuminating the fibre optics. The smaller option is the ‘Hydra’ design, which can be made with two sets of fibre option, which are thicker than in the ‘Medusa’ design.

Contact Us

If you would like to discover more about jellyfish lights and chandeliers, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. Alternatively, you can speak with a member of the team directly by calling us on 01939 232. We will be glad to help you with any questions you may have for us about these chandeliers or any other aspects of our business.

16.12.21

Staircase Chandeliers

When you think about classic interior decoration and tasteful elegance, one of the features that people think of are chandeliers. Stairwell chandeliers are the perfect way to introduce a feature element into the property as well as ensuring that your home space is brightly lit and welcoming.

A staircase area can be difficult to decorate. In many homes, these are left undecorated, or are simply used as a place to hang pictures. What a shame to miss out on the chance to use this area of the home to make a design statement. After all, this is an area through which you and your family members will pass on a daily basis. How many times in a day do you go up or down the stairs, or across the landing or hallway at the top and bottom? Doubtless you cross through that space on several occasions in the day. It is a great space to use for a feature of the home.

Our staircase chandeliers are created to use the space over your stairs well. Whether you have a simple straight flight of stairs, a spiral space or open stairs into a large room, our large stairwell chandeliers can make the best use of the available space. It provides good lighting as well as making an eye-catching, artistic display for you and your visitors to enjoy. With long chandeliers, stairwell spaces can become stylish and elegant spaces, just as much as your living room or dining room.

We provide contemporary designs to suit your style and decoration. We use traditional methods of construction, combined with modern materials and forms, to create contemporary stairwell chandeliers which are functional as well as beautiful.

At the Contemporary Chandelier Company, our team of specialists consists of professional craftspeople with experience working in the design and manufacture of bold contemporary designs. Each piece is a unique creation, because no two homes are the same and no two customers have the same taste and ideas in mind. We specialise in creating what our customers want for their homes and businesses. You can see our current collection of beautiful designs on the website, and we also provide a bespoke creation service. As a company, we have over 30 years of experience in working with blown glass. We combine this experience and craftsmanship with modern technologies and materials to create a truly unique collection which cannot be bought anywhere else in the world.

For our team of specialists, no job is too small or too large. If you want a small lighting display, we are ready to provide the design and manufacturing. At the same time, we can provide large and striking installations. We specialise in centrepieces which are unique and tailored to enhance and complement their setting. We can create the most complex and intricate stairwell crystal chandelier for your home.

For more information about our range of sculptures, including quotes for a bespoke and contemporary design of staircase chandelier, contact our team today. We are happy to provide you with the information that you require to find the right lighting feature for your home.

21.01.22

The Beauty of Contemporary LED Crystal Chandeliers

When you think of LED lights, you might not think immediately of a beautiful home installation. LED might make you think about technology like a television or a torch, something that is practical more than beautiful. If that case, you probably wouldn’t think about a crystal LED chandelier. Yet the reality is that this bright light technology is a great modern option for a contemporary design of fitting for a feature.

LED and crystal glass is the perfect fusion of classic materials with cutting edge design and technology. Crystal has long been used in the creation of beautiful chandeliers. It has the right qualities to make a striking and eye-catching display. Good quality crystal is ideal for splitting light. It amplifies and scatters light in a pleasing way. Additionally, the glass crystal is ideal for cutting into defined shapes. That gives the creator a lot of control over the finished design. As it dissipates and refracts through the crystal, it sparkles, shines and dances in the room.

Over the years, many different types of illumination have been used with chandeliers. For example, the very oldest examples featured arrays of candles. The golden flickers of the flame would fracture amongst the beautiful glass work.  Later on, gas and then electrical lights were fitted into chandeliers to give a more convenient light source with less maintenance.

But what about LED lighting? Can you make beautiful LED crystal chandeliers that can stand up to the high quality you want for your home? At the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we know that the answer is definitely yes!

LED is the perfect option for stylish modern crystal chandeliers. The name means ‘light emitting diode’. In simple terms, this is a semiconductor device which generates light by electroluminescence. When electricity passes through the unit, illumination is generated. For many years, these were simply used on circuit boards and electrical units to indicate a power source, but in modern times these are used to generate a bright light, enough to illuminate an entire room.

One of the advantages to LEDs is that they produce a high output for low energy input; in fact, this type of lighting can be more energy efficient than most other types on the market. They also have a long lifespan, which means that you have minimum maintenance to keep everything looking great. They are less effected by cold temperatures than some other types, so they will work even if you have not had the heating on. They are resilient to frequent switching on and off, and they can be used to create more delicate designs than many alternative light sources. Additionally, whilst many designs feature white light, it is also possible to use coloured lighting to create a truly unique design.

At the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we are confident that you will love our beautiful style of crystal chandeliers and crystal ceiling lights. Why not look over our online collections, or if you want a bespoke design for your home, contact our team. We are happy to discuss your requirements and create exactly what you need as a feature design for your home.

21.01.22

The History of Chandeliers

Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we specialise in providing unique custom designer chandeliers, whether large drop staircase chandeliers or sculptural light features for a foyer or room centrepiece using crystal and LED lights. Although largely contemporary in design, chandeliers have a long, rich history. Today we are going to delve into this history, so read on to find out more.

 

It’s All in The Name

 

The word ‘chandelier’ is derived from Old French, itself a variation from the Latin candelabrum which means ‘candle holder’. You could argue that the earliest form of chandelier was this, featuring a basic wooden platform upon which animal fat candles were affixed. Prior to the invention of electricity, these were hung to a suitable height, and ropes or chains were used to secure it in place. Examples of this have been found in ancient Greek times, made in bronze. The candelabra is still used in modern times, but is purely a decorative choice.

 

From Candelabra to Chandelier

 

The movement from candelabra to chandelier dates back to the 1600s when crystal glass was incorporated into hanging light fixtures, producing attractive crystal chandeliers.  Decorative crystal glass had been used for ornamental purposes for hundreds of years prior to this. The source of light (whether candles, gas lights or electric bulbs), the crystal’s prismatic qualities meant that the chandelier would amplify the light, producing intricate patterns as the light dissipated. With the invention of electricity in the mid-1700s and Thomas Edison’s light bulb patented in 1879, the bulbs used for chandeliers have typically imitated the flame of a candle, linking back to its origins.

 

Contemporary Chandeliers

 

The chandelier has moved through different phases over the years. In the 15th century, they were a symbol of wealth and status, with complex gold-gilded chandeliers an essential item in the homes of the rich nobility. By the 16th and 17th century, they became a feature in home across all classes, with working class households making do with wood, wrought iron or tin versions. It was then that the first crystal chandeliers appeared, increasing their opulence once again. Nowadays, combining the tradition of such crystal chandeliers with LED lights, you can enjoy increased efficiency and controllability with our designs, able to brighten up any room without a high demand for energy. You can choose from LED glass or LED crystal and opt for our jellyfish or falling leaf designs. Alternatively, we also carry out special commissions, in order to provide you with a completely unique and bespoke chandelier design, whether for a residential or commercial building.

 

Contact Us

 

To discover more about our range of chandeliers and to discuss which design would work best for you, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can call also us on 01939 232 652 in order to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be glad to assist you with any queries you may have for us.

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