My latest obsession? Sputnik chandeliers and all things space-related.
After forgoing some much-needed beauty sleep last week to finish my library copy of The Astronaut Wives Club, I immediately made Jordan binge-watch the TV series with me. (The season finale airs tomorrow!) Next I want to watch The Right Stuff and Apollo 13, both of which I’ve never seen.
My interest in outer space isn’t new. As a kid, I loved The Jetsons and visiting The National Air and Space Museum on our family trips to DC. And I’ve always been fascinated by mid-century modern decor, which — surprise! — was heavily influenced by the space age.
Mid-century modern lighting, especially, was inspired by futuristic flying saucers and satellites. Take the iconic Sputnik chandelier, for example. The 1950s-designed light fixture with long spokes and glass orbs was named after the world’s first satellite.
Our rental townhouse came with a rustic light fixture in the dining room that I wanted to replace with something more modern as soon as we signed the lease. Wanna guess what type of chandelier I picked? A Sputnik! I promise to share photos as soon as I finish decorating the dining room.
For now, here are 8 spectacular — and affordable — Sputnik chandeliers to bring a mid-century modern vibe to your space.
What do you think of these satellite-style light fixtures? Which Sputnik chandelier (#1 – 8) would you hang in your house?