Babies aren’t the only ones mesmerized by mobiles. Of late we’ve been admiring sculptural pendant lights that take inspiration from Calder—and in many cases come with moving parts that dance in the breeze. These are statement pieces that are outsized—and pricey—but have the power to transfix. Here are 12 we’re currently eyeing.
Above: Influential London lighting designer Michael Anastassiades introduced his first Mobile Chandelier series in 2008, and his latest, including Mobile Chandelier 13, this past year. Each is made of black patinated brass with mouth-blown opaline glass spheres. This one measures 75.4 inches across and weighs 35 pounds and is available from a number of sources, including directly from Michael Anastassiade, and in the US, from ; inquire about pricing. Above: Astro Mobile 1 by Andrew Neyer is one of the designer’s five Astro lights, all hand-fabricated in Cincinnati and available from TRNK. Made of powder-coated steel, aluminum, and oak, and 80 inches across, it’s available in a range of drop sizes (as are most of the lights shown here) for $2,250. Go to Stuff by Andrew Neyer to purchase directly from the artist and to see his full collection of lights. Above: The blackened brass Tempo Chandelier is by Atelier de Troupe: See Handmade in LA. It comes in an eight-foot size (shown) for $12,500, and a six-foot size for $8,500. Is this the next much-imitated design from Ochre? See Above: The Gaia Pendant Light by Ochre of London and NYC features a solid glass drop illuminated by two LEDs. Its canopy and counterweight are made of blackened nickel. In addition to the single-tier, 52-inch-wide Gaia, shown, there are double tier options with three or four glass “pebbles.” Inquire for pricing. High/Low: The Arctic Pear Chandelier.