Shopping for Multi-Armed Chandeliers – The New York Times

Shopping for Multi-Armed Chandeliers – The New York Times

Shopping Guide

A multi-armed light fixture can add drama to a dining room — or anyplace in need of illumination and a conversation piece.

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How do you design a room that has a statement chandelier? Keep it simple. (The Tempo, above, is available in various sizes from Atelier de Troupe, starting at $4,250.)
Tim McKeough

Some chandeliers illuminate a cluster of crystals or dangle a collection of pendants, but there is another style that is becoming increasingly popular in contemporary interiors: the slender, multi-armed chandelier that stretches out and distributes light across a larger area.

“We typically use chandeliers like that in dining rooms, where you want to create a celebratory mood,” said Richard Petit, a founder of The Archers, an interior design firm in Los Angeles.

Mr. Petit has installed a variety of multi-armed chandeliers in his clients’ homes, from the classic three-headed fixture by Serge Mouille to the serpentine model by the Dutch designer Frederik Molenschot that sprouts dozens of lights. But whichever one he chooses, he said, “it’s the centerpiece and conversation piece.”

Of course, the dining room isn’t the only place that will benefit from a multi-armed fixture. “If they’re delicate and elemental, they can be really beautiful in bedrooms,” Mr. Petit said, or in stairwells, where multiple arms can be an eye-catching feature.

Just make sure you have enough overhead clearance, so one of those arms doesn’t hit you in the head, he added: “We only use them when there’s a good amount of ceiling height.”

  • How bright should the light be? A gentle, warm glow is usually preferable to one that floods a room with illumination, Mr. Petit said: “You want it to be golden.”

  • Can multi-armed chandeliers be customized? Yes, many are made to order, and most have swiveling parts that can be adjusted to suit the owner.

  • How should you decorate a room that has a sculptural chandelier? “I like to keep the furniture fairly quiet,” Mr. Petit said, so the light fixture “can make the singular statement.”


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Astro Mobile Light

Oak, aluminum and powder-coated steel chandelier with swiveling arms

From $2,250 at Stuff by Andrew Neyer: 513-512-4996 or andrewneyer.com


Havana

Six-arm brass chandelier available in various finishes

From $269 at Illuminate Vintage: illuminatevintage.com

Dot Atomium

Brass chandelier with swiveling arms by Lambert & Fils

$1,695 at Montauk Sofa: 212-274-1552, montauksofa.com or lambertetfils.com


Cedar and Moss Three-Arm

Semi-flush brass chandelier with glass-globe shades

About $600 at Rejuvenation: 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com

Tempo

Chandelier of intersecting straight and curved arms

From $4,250 at Atelier de Troupe: 323-870-5303 or atelierdetroupe.com


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