Designs trends: chandeliers

Modern chandeliers experiment with fibre optics for different effects. H&P selects six of the best
Chandeliers are supposed to be spectacular. Originally produced to light large spaces, from churches to palaces, they have traditionally been made of brass, then crystal. Modern chandeliers are something else: several makers are experimenting with fibre optics, creating delicate forms like melting lattices of ice. LED lights make them lightweight and easy to combine with other materials for different effects.

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1 Margaret O'Rorke's forms look like the curls of a wave or feathers blowing in the wind. Made to commission in porcelain, which is anti-static, they can be washed and blown dry with a hairdryer (01865 771653; castlight.co.uk).
2 Madeleine Boulesteix mixes "kitchenalia", from cutlery to cups, jelly moulds to jam jars, with crystals and pearls. Medium or large one-off pieces from £550; six-cup chandeliers from £735 (020 7737 8171; madeleine boulesteix.co.uk).
3 James Lethbridge's botanically inspired glass chandeliers include Starfire (pictured); Physalia, based on a jellyfish, and Serpentine, which draws on snakes and pollen balls. His prices include installation (07867521375; jameslethbridgeglass.com).
4 Aline Johnson is inspired by the leaf canopies of Hampstead Heath and by what she finds on Dorset beaches. She has a range of very art deco-feel lights made of delicate long fringes of glass, like Twenties flappers' dresses (07775 616868; alinejohnson.co.uk).
5 Stuart Haygarth makes dazzling chandeliers from unwanted objects. Spectacle is made from thousands of pairs of discarded prescription glasses, while Drop (pictured) is made from old bottles reclaimed from the Thames (020 7503 4142; stuarthaygarth.com).
6 Georgia Scott's designs, like gently waving fronds of clear seaweed, are made to order to any size. The LEDs give a gentle light, use little power and are long lasting. From £1,200 (07709 624244; georgiascott.com).

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