Monday, May 10, 2010

Design Tips: Gorgeous in Glass

I’m flipping through my new copy of the Spring 2010 issue of Luxe Magazine, a high end interiors and design publication. Nice, nice, that’s pretty cool, yuck, nice, ok whatever, nice….

Wait... What is that, it’s gorgeous!! The palest blue glass, in two barely there shades. Plus bronze. It’s glass! Stunning vertical shapes radiating from a steel core. I can’t even tell where the light bulbs go but I don’t care. I want one. Oh wait, there they are, nested behind the bronze pieces. It’s one of the most beautiful chandeliers I’ve ever seen.

The Dahlia Chandelier (pictured above) by designer Max Ingrand, is from the 1950s but transcends time and trends. A truly talented artist, Ingrand designed many beautiful pieces manufactured by the Italian furniture and lighting company Fontana Arte in the 1950s and ‘60s. He died in 1969.

His work inspired countless lighting designers in the ‘60s and ‘70s, as many “classic” lighting designs from this era seem to be similar shapes, but mass produced and made with less expensive materials.

Original Ingrand works come up occasionally in auction, so, if you’re interested, save your pennies and wait in line!

Until next time!

--Elaine Bothe


Photo of the blue and bronze Dahlia Chandelier and other fixtures, unless noted, are courtesy of

Photo of chrome and glass chandelier, above right, courtesy of

Photo of the pendant light fixture at left is courtesy of

Fontana Arte’s US/Canada website is available here.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 12:01 AM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your previous articles. I liked the one on wet bars. I need something like that for parties.

May 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

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