Starbursts and Sputniks

lighting fixturesWe all know the Sputnik, the Soviet satellite, that shifted attitudes, sphered the earth, and ushered in a new era, bringing with it the Space Race, the Sputnik Crisis and the Cold War era. We’re past that now (or are we?), but this insect-like spacecraft has made its mark.

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The mid-century Sputnik light fixture was crafted after this space capsule. These fixtures come in many variations: chrome, brass, glass, lucite, you name it. The look is striking, and yet graces many types of locales, from restaurants, to living rooms, to businesses’ walls.  When I look at such an ornament, I think of Palm Springs, I think of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, I think of Hollywood during the 50s, and of mid-century modernism.  I think of a starburst and of an insect crawling the ground.  The sputnik light fixture is a thing of beauty and wonder, although it can look kitsch. Make the sputnik a focal point in a room and scatter objects around it, things of quality, not to detract, but to add to the charm of the satellite wonder.

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Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest.
Vanna Bonta

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Attribution to Wikipedia, 1st Dibs, ModernDesign.org, Vogue, Interior Collective, Elle Decor

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