Standby, retrieving information, this process may take a moment.

Best Bets: 10 Mid-Century Pendants Made for This Century

As one of the most famous design movements of all time, mid-century modern design is here to stay. More than just a product of its era, the classic forms blend with just about any design scheme from industrial to traditional and more. These pendant lights up the ante on this beloved style, combining the grace of mid-century designs with modern artistry: Mid-century has never been more modern.

Written by Kelsey Kittle

IC Lights S Pendant by FLOS

Not your everyday ball pendant, this unusual design by Michael Anastassiades seems to challenge gravity with its asymmetrical silhouette. Brass and etched glass are mid-century staples, given fresh (if off-center) distinction.

SHOP NOW
IC Lights S Pendant by FLOS

Ace Chandelier by Troy Lighting

A modern play on the Sputnik style—the atomic age inspired fixtures in satellite and starburst shapes to reflect new discoveries in science and exploration. Here, the look is a smooth and subtle nod to the explosion of innovation, minus the spiky silhouette.

SHOP NOW
Ace Chandelier by Troy Lighting

Meurice 30-Light Chandelier by Robert Abbey

A little retro, a little Hollywood…this Jonathan Adler design is a modern classic, with its Regency leanings and symmetrical profile. Almost an unconventional chandelier, each stem has a bamboo-like pattern that puts this pendant at home among contemporary, eclectic and more traditional settings alike.

SHOP NOW
Meurice 30-Light Chandelier by Robert Abbey

Semi Pendant by Gubi

Shine, symmetry and shape. The inverted vortex funnels downlight with equal attention to form and function. A statement-making range of lacquer colors and polished metal let this delicate design become a centerpiece when hung alone or in multiples.

SHOP NOW
Semi Pendant by Gubi

PH 5 Pendant by Louis Poulsen

A mid-century masterpiece, this iconic fixture hangs in about half the homes in Denmark. A fresh palette of gorgeous muted colors brings the popular design into this century, coordinating beautifully with both modern and traditional interiors.

SHOP NOW
PH 5 Pendant by Louis Poulsen

Clava Mini Pendant by Vita Copenhagen

Slightly industrial with retro sensibilities, the perforations along the bottom of the aluminum shade create a sexy glow in addition to direct downlight. A simple silhouette and dynamic details combine to make the most of mid-century and modern aesthetics.

SHOP NOW
Clava Mini Pendant by Vita Copenhagen

Cabildo Suspension by Artemide

Organic shapes are a pillar of the mid-century aesthetic: Realized here in an endless ovate loop, the concealed light source reflects along the inner curves with stunning effect that suits period style interiors as well as ultra-contemporary design schemes.

SHOP NOW
Cabildo Suspension by Artemide

Eclipse Pendant by MacMaster

A pendant with a penchant for bridging mid-century modern with today. A present-day dedication to eco-friendly manufacturing and handcrafted products merge with the same natural materials and soft silhouettes that were popular during the height of the mid-century movement, seen here in a sumptuous swirl.

SHOP NOW
Eclipse Pendant by MacMaster

Hinsdale Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting

Bubbly handblown glass spheres lend a lighthearted vibe to the simply sleek metal foundation, a nod to mid-century geometric ideals. The bold, graphic silhouette mingles with wry sophistication, suitable in anything from minimalist to industrial installations.

SHOP NOW
Hinsdale Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting

Le Klint 172 Pendant by Le Klint

Just shy of the truly mid-century mark, the Le Klint 172 Pendant was designed in 1971 by Poul Christiansen. The hand-folded plastic waves are fluid and sculptural, and when lit this pendant exudes the warm, glare-free light perfected by Scandinavian designers.

SHOP NOW
Le Klint 172 Pendant by Le Klint
FeedbackFeedback