Contemporary Meets Antique in The Zeppelin Chandelier
Even for fans of contemporary styles, a stunning antique chandelier has the undeniable ability to create a dramatic environment. The aura of history and elegance permeates a chandelier. Designer Marcel Wanders set out to capture the regal drama of a traditional lighting , but to re-imagine the building materials and craftsmanship methods in a way that would make a chandelier truly unique and thoroughly modern. By challenging more traditional materials with a chandelier in steel and poly resin, Wanders created a design for Flos that will stand apart in the midst of thousands of other styles.
How is the Zeppelin chandelier by Flos so unique and yet still a chandelier? It starts with the white powder-coated steel structure, crisp and contemporary. Then, in a bold move of technique and design, a spidery web of resin is laced over the top so thoroughly that is nearly becomes a translucent sheet over the entire suspended pendant. The delicate wisps are never the same on two chandeliers, so each one has its own personal signature of artistic creation. To increase durability, the design is sprayed with a clear protective finish as a final step. The candle-shaped bulbs are transparent polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) underneath the webbed canopy, spaced in concentric rings.
The effect of this massive piece is dominating and awe-inspiring. From below, you can’t help but gaze upwards through the riotous web of crisscrossing resin. Its size and drama are suitable for formal dining rooms and corporate spaces where the Zeppelin chandelier can make a powerful first impression. Which is more striking to you: the modern materials or the old-world drama?