by Marisa Marcantonio

The good kind of ball and chain that is. Lately I have been struck by the re-emergence of the spherical shaped pendant hanging fixture; they seem to be everywhere. Lighting is really coming into vogue in it's own right, with many young designers emerging on the scene.
Here are several examples of great fixtures in a range of materials and styles that differ in wow factor but all do their job well. Are they replacing the oh-so-femme chandelier?

Photo courtesy of Marjorie Skouras
The Marjorie Skouras Honeycomb Lantern is supported by suspended chains. It is available in a wide variety of colored glass inlays. I love the faceted ball it is very Epcot meets Biosphere.

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The Meta Collection from uber high end antiques dealer Mallett showcases contemporary designs. The Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend hanging lantern by Matali Crasset has enough faceted sharp angles to keep you mesmerized; you will want to stare at it for hours.

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The Dover Ball from Urban Electric was designed by Michael Amato. It fuses old world craftsmanship with traditional and pared down clean lines.

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Bling bling! Add some razzle dazzle with the crystal globe Roundabout Pendant from Currey and Company.

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I am sort of over capiz except when it is used in this way, resembling a flower in full bloom. From Horchow.

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The Octagonal Ball Lantern from my always favorite Charles Edwards is a knockout.

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Light glows beautifully when cast from alabaster. The Greenwich Globe from Vaughan has Greek key detailing, a classic chain link suspension and a beautiful shape. From Vaughan.

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Love birds and flowery designs by artist Amy Ruppel are painted on the limited edition Folk Birds pendant from Schoolhouse Electric.

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The Wiggins Orb from Currey and Company mixes rough luxe materials burlap and wrought iron for a chic rustic look. It also vaguely reminds me of Around the World in Eighty Days--I love this piece.

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The Sorenson Lantern from Remains Lighting is netted in a handwoven wire.

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Thomas O'Brien's Hicks Pendant from Circa Lighting is more of an egg shape with a brass top half. It is great for an industrial toned project.

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Looking for a classic orb in clear glass? Here it is! The Industrial Pendant from Shades of Light is affordable and classic. It also comes in brushed nickel.

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Channelling olde England? The Victorian Hotel Pendant from Restoration Hardware has sectioned panes of glass and a detailed border in gleaming nickel. Regal indeed.

Photo courtesy of Pucci
French jewelry and furnishings artist Herve Van Der Straeten's metal work always amazes. His pod-like pendant fixture from Pucci International is a jewel in the crown.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo Courtesy of Hutton Wilkinson
Hutton Wilkinson, protege and collaborator of Tony Duquette's for over 30 years, rounds out an exuberant collection of fabrics,wallpaper, lighting and furniture with the newest addition, rugs. Duquette is known for creating elaborate Broadway costumes, stage settings and over the top decorative items for New York and Hollywood cognoscenti. His furnishings were often re - purposed from found materials that were elevated by using unique finishing techniques with bold and exuberant results. He lived to 85, and his designs were so in demand that catalogs from a Christie's auction in the 80's sold out immediately. Hutton has made sure the Duquette legacy lives on, by collaborating with companies that best executed the vision-- Baker Furniture, Remains Lighting, Jim Thompson Fabrics and now, Roubini for rugs. The rugs capture the greatest hits of Duquette, bringing glamour and drama to the floor.

A personal favorite, Malachite, in an all- over pattern

Leopard in Spinach has an op art quality to it

Fireworks looks both old and new, with an art deco feel

Duquette loved Coral, and the rug is constant pattern of a flowing coral field

Tibetan Sun is a close match to the fabric pattern, and the dominant colors can take a room in many directions

Golden Sunburst with it's rays and overlapping beams is like a modern work of art

Ermine, a Duquette symbol of glamour and the high life, becomes an abstracted pattern when used evenly across the ground

Beauty and The Beast brings Broadway to life, with a charming grisaille stage set


by Marisa Marcantonio

Remains Lighting carries on the fantastical and whimsical designs in lighting created by the late Hollywood designer and bon vivant, Tony Duquette. This new launch in The Permanent Collection is available at all Remains locations and was synced up with the release of newest Duquette tome by Hutton Wilkinson, More is More. A hit of luxury and humor is necessary in these times. Companies should forge ahead with inspiring new designs. We can remain hopeful that things will get better, and look to fantasy-- a necessary element to excite and lead the way.

The Splashing Water Chandelier in in Ecru/Tea takes its cue from a fountain, with its animated arc of water droplets frozen in time.

The Splashing Water Table Lamp Inspiration came from a chandelier Duquette designed in 1956 for the opening fete for his Robertson Boulevard. A marble base and linear metal frame highlights droplets held in mid air above and below the shade.

The Splashing Water Sconce in turquoise and pink has scattered arms that fan out with water drops. A cluster of acrylic drops in the center shimmer like a vintage brooch.

The California Sunburst Sconce design came from a 1964 stage curtain he designed for the LA Music Center. The hand-polished metal extended rays of light in a starburst pattern casts a shadow on walls and makes quite a statement .

The California Sunburst Corona Chandelier with sleek angular pieces takes on an entirely new look when suspended.

The California Sunburst Chandelier reminds me of a Bernini sculpture, with its dramatic rays expanding outward.

The Magic Forest Sconce design with wispy branches and feather-like metal leaves are made more lively with acrylic droplets.

The Magic Forest Floor Lamp came from a pair of torchiere-trees Duquette made for the 1952 MGM musical Lovely To Look At.

The suspended Magic Forest Chandelier takes on a whole new look in the round. There is a lightness from the leaves and playful element.

The Dusk Phoenix Candlestick came from themes Duquette often worked wit. The phoenix, a symbol of rebirth and renewal appeared often in his work. This elaborate candlestick combines an ostrich egg, black onyx, and serpentine hard stones, with a hand gilded 23 karat gold pillar, bringing together natural and rare materials.