Archive of: 2021

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.

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 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

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

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.

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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