Umbrella Chandeliers

As I’ve totally said before, the simplest combinations of two objects are often the most interesting industrial designs. This one is also quite pretty. What Shelly Sabel, lighting designer, has designed is the Umbrella Chandelier. It’s made up of some rather simple components: found umbrella pieces, aluminum, and porcelain sockets. And a dash of cuteness. They’re not yet made for mass production, but have been installed at two separate shows in 2009 already.

These imagination capturing devices have been featured at American Design Club’s “Hue Are You?” as well as DIFFA’s* 2009 “Dining by Design.” *Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS

Images from both shows are below. Wouldn’t it be just fancy as all get-out to have some of these in all colors lighting up your entryway? Especially in the springtime!

Designer: Shelly Sabel


  • Carl says:

    i could state the obvious that it is bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, but perhaps its worse luck to propose lamps that will be obsolete within the next two years..!

    • Cerberus says:

      i will make a bet regarding the obselte in two years bit Carl…. but its also bad luck to but the umbrella fabric so close to the bulb – Can you say “fire hazard”?

      • shelly says:

        the material that umbrellas are made of is flame retardant, It melts and self extinguishes before it catches on fire.
        It passes any test to display in public spaces in New York City which has some of the toughest fire codes in the country.
        love, shelly

  • matt says:

    id like to hazard and a guess and tell you both that this is more for the sake of art, not design. its purpose is only itself, it’s work to be looked at and enjoyed in THAT way. not to look at it and go BRILLIANT SOLUTION.

    very pretty.

  • smarty says:

    ohh!!They look so colourful. Dont think about the hazards and all..If you are the one who looks for something unique at your home just go for it..

  • Lexi says:

    That’s awesome. Really love the idea.

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