1960s Sputnik Chandelier for Emil Stejnar by Val Saint Lambert
The most famous 'Space-Age' chandelier designed by Emil Stejnar.
WHY THIS CHANDELIER MATTERS
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Emil Stejnar designed several pendant lamps, ceiling lights and sconces. Starburst forms and delicate glass sprays are hallmarks os Stejnar's ceiling lights, the most famous being the Sputnik lamp. This particular pendant lamp was manufactured by one of the most famous, if not 'the' most famous' crystals manufacture from the era: Les Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert in Belgium http://val-saint-lambert.com/about/histoire/lang/en.html .
THE FULL STORY
Emil Stejnar is a designer famous for his space age era lightning design, however for Stejnar himself, his career in design came second to his passion for all things magic and mystical. Stejnar was born in Vienna, Austria in 1939 and trained as a gold and silversmith. The study of the stars and the occult occupied him fron an early age, and at the age of 18 he emigrated to Sweden to devote himself to his study. Stejnar was the head of the institute for Scientific Life Research for 20 years. The Sputnik lamp is one of the most celebrated ceiling lamp of the 20th century, it is immediately recognizable by its radiating glass flowers that create dancing shadows when lit. It inspired a generation of Space Age era designers to create their own futuristic lamps. Yet the golden brass stems and intricate glass details, remind us as much of Stejnar's devotion to the magic of the cosmos as it does to Space Age lightning design.
- Maker: Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert
- Model: Sputnik
- Year: 1960s
- Material: Brass
- Dimentions (WxH): 38x42cm
- Power: 220/250 Volts
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This chandelier still in it's original finish is in extremely good condition for its age. The brass structure is very well preserved, and the light effects and reflections are stunning. No crystal is missing or broken, the whole chandelier was completely dismounted for cleaning, service and electric cables rewiring (about 400 pieces alltogether). This is a great Space-Age piece of art, elegant and eye-catching whether it is lit or not.