Designer Talk: Mid-Century Modern Pendant LIghts

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Jillian BrinkmanMosby Building Arts Designer Jillian Brinkman

Every great kitchen remodel pays close attention to selecting light fixtures, because they add the perfect finishing touch by taking the design and style up a notch. As we prepare for our upcoming Mid-Century Modern Panel, I’ve discovered some fabulous lights whose design is inspired by the architectural style of homes built between 1945-1975. Here are my favorites for use in kitchens and dining areas:

West Elm Mid-Century Glass Pendant

This Mid-Century Pendant by West Elm features opal white shades and brass-finished hardware. The adjustable chords allow for the perfect height for varying dining and ceiling heights. The shape is classic mid-century design, yet so refined it can work in most kitchen styles.

Beso Pendant by Murray Feiss

The Beso Collection by Feiss is inspired by 1960’s Scandinavian design, and the sleek, simple lines would suit any mid-century modern home. The metal shades come in black, brushed steel, and polished nickel. This pendant would look fantastic centered over a kitchen island.

Isaac 1 Light Pendant by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

The Isaac 1 Light Pendant by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. looks like an upside-down wine goblet! It would be perfect over a bar or serving area in the kitchen. These are custom-lathed of brass in their Portland factory, with your choice of the natural brass, black, white or persimmon finishes. The simple shape makes it perfect for all contemporary styles.

mosby vintage mcm pendant light

If you’re remodeling a vintage mid-century modern home, the perfect light fixture for your new kitchen may already be somewhere else in the house. Take a look at the photo above and note the pendant light over the sink. During the kitchen design process, the Mosby designer noticed the pendant hanging in the owners’ basement, and brought it upstairs to add some historical character. See more photos of this kitchen remodel.

It’s fun to add pops of MCM authenticity to a new kitchen. My favorite places in St. Louis to find vintage mid-century modern lights are TFA Antiques and Rocket Century. Both are located in South St. Louis City, and have the best selection of pristine and refurbished lighting (and furniture, accessories, clothing – so easy to get sidetracked!).  Both shops have deeply knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff on hand to help.

I will cover plenty of other MCM design details at our panel discussion. And for design help at any time – and for any style – give me a call at the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact me here.