Here, we look at 10 of the most stylish schemes which feature original or inspired mid-century Italian lighting. From the most cutting-edge contemporary rooms, to more traditional and classic boudoirs, these interiors show that Italian lighting can have a dramatic impact on the most diverse of spaces.
This beautiful, light and airy beach house in Water Mill, New York, was a collaboration between architect Frederick Stelle, interior designer Thad Hayes and landscape architect Christopher LaGuardia. This room features a Sputnik chandelier of epic proportions, which hangs dramatically above the living area.
In the New York apartment of collectors Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, designer Amy Lau worked hard to secure some incredible pieces to live up to their blue-chip art collection. One such example is the amazing 'Octopus' chandelier by Italian architect Achille Salvagni, which hangs above their dining table. Salvagni's designs, whilst contemporary, are clearly inspired by his mid-century predecessors.
In this London rowhouse, designer Veere Grenney features plenty of mid-century touches, including a large chrome Gaetano Sciolari chandelier from the 1960s. Vintage Italian light fixtures are a particular fascination of Grenney’s. "They look fantastic," he says, admiring their ability to deliver sophistication and drama. "And that’s part of what we do."
In this Victorian townhouse in London, designer Scott Maddux has hung a 1950s pendant light from Stilnovo above the dining room table. The effect is dramatic yet playful - as Maddux stated: "Design should be fun... we're not saving lives or the planet. And it should be enjoyable for the clients, too."
With plenty of mid-century detailing, designer Steven Gambrel and architect Oliver Cope brought an Old Westbury estate in New York back to life. In the breakfast room, a 1950s Stilnovo chandelier from Pascal Boyer Gallery floats above a mahogany table and custom-made klismos chairs.
In the complete remodeling of the Upper East Side home of art dealer Christophe Van de Weghe and his wife, Anne-Gaëlle, Annabelle Selldorf and D’Apostrophe Design added plenty of stylish pieces. In the office, a Gino Sarfatti light fixture hangs above the Jean Prouvé desk and Finn Juhl chair.
The style of this San Francisco mansion by designer Hillary Thomas is highly traditional, but a few modern details, such as the striking vintage Italian sputnik chandelier in the dining room, add a modern edge to an otherwise conservative scheme.
In this sleek California dining room by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, a mid-century Gino Sarfatti chandelier blends seamlessly into a much more contemporary scheme, showing how timeless Sarfatti's designs really were.
In the delightfully bright and colourful Hamptons home of designer Muriel Brandolini, a 1955 Stilnovo chandelier from Galerie Kreo is suspended above the dining room’s Martin Szekely table and midcentury Børge Mogensen chairs, creating an extremely fun and playful effect.
For a client's classic Parisian apartment, designer Jean-Louis Deniot balances 18th century decor with urban sophistication. A vintage Gaetano Sciolari chandelier from the 1960s hangs over the living room, which also features a gilded Louis XVI console and Moroccan rug.