Big Light Battle: Bold or Barely There?

Big Light Battle: Bold or Barely There?

Eleanor Büsing
Feb 25, 2016

Over the past few years, pendant lights have gotten progressively larger. The industrial trend meant that heavy metal barn lights and concrete domes found new homes over our kitchen tables and entryways. Perhaps as a response to all this visual weight, another type of oversized light has emerged. They're still large in scale, but are visually much lighter, often using materials like wire and rattan to allow light to flow through the fixture. Which look do you like best?

Basic Black

Oversized metal dome lights in basic black have been around for awhile, and they're a strong look however you slice it. Do you prefer the visually heavier geometric stylings of the pendant in the dining room by Camille Hermand Architectures, or the softer, more open black wire version from Couleur Locale?


Depending on how it's woven, this natural material can be impactful or whisper-light. Two huge, densely-woven domes hang over a dining table featured on Perpetually Chic, while over in Home Beautiful, more rustic, lace-like pendants grace a kitchen island. Which rattan rocks your world?

Great Globes

Globe pendants are typically pretty light, visually: either they're made of glass or paper, or they're reflective, like this silver beauty found on HusmanHagberg. But these days, the globe shape is getting even lighter, as in this minimal wire globe seen in Elle Decoration UK.


If you ask me, cluster lights in general, no matter the material, are feeling this shift, too. There's still strength in numbers, but we're moving away from close-set groupings of lights, like in this image from Stadshem, to a more sculptural approach with space between the individual lights, like this Lindsey Adelman-designed chandelier.

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