It looks like brass is the ‘go to’ finish for lighting right now. So with that in mind, I have picked out a selection of our retro favourites.
Faye Chandelier at Made (pictured above)
It isn’t the only example at Made, but the Faye Chandelier is probably my favourite.
This is from a range, so if you want something similar and smaller, check out the other lamps and table lamps under the Faye name. But I think this is a stunning feature light for a house going for a midcentury modern look. The arms rotate 360 degrees and the fittings house six bulbs, which are included. The chandelier sells for £199, but the range itself is from £69.
For more brass lighting from Made, do check out the Austin range too.
Retro brass sputnik light at Inscapes Design
Inscapes does so many variations on this theme, but the Sputnik in brass is something special.
Handcrafted in solid brass, it has 18 arms off the central circular ball, along with a 12-inch drop rod. The finished product looks authentically vintage / midcentury despite it being handmade just for you. Around £308 if you want one. I certainly do.
1960s Verner Panton VP3 FlowerPot table lamp in brass
From one classic to another. This one dates to 1969, but has only recently been given the brass makeover, with the polished finish and matching cord.
Of course, the design is as toy expect with the ‘Flowerpot’ shade and matching ones too and bottom. £367 is the price.
Note that other Panton designs are also available in brass, including the ceiling light version of this one.
Design Project table light at John Lewis
Something completely new, but unashamedly retro.
This is a recent addition to the Design Project range, mixing a distinctly 1960s design with modern-era, integrated LED power. Note that the integrated LED is not replaceable, but has a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours. So not something to worry about for quite some time. £75 for this one.
1960s Frandsen Ball ceiling light in brass
Often imitated, rarely (if ever) bettered. The Frandsen Ball ceiling light is now available in brass.
This 1969 is all about simplicity and style, hence why it has been so popular for so many years. If you want something more complex, there are variations and clusters of it available. But I’m happy with the original. £105 is the price.
Brass Overarching Floor Lamp at West Elm
West Elm takes on the iconic Arco Floor Lamp with a variation of its own in brass.
Not quite the 1962 original, this one Overarching Floor Lamp matches a curving brass frame with a smoke-finished acrylic shade for a vintage look and some serious presence. £299 is also about a fifth of the price of an Arco too.