A nicely designed ceiling light fixture — especially one with retro-vintage style — is hard to find. Working on an upcoming story, Kate and I stumbled into this Odessa ceiling light by Hudson Valley Lighting — and we both were impressed.
The Odessa has a pre-war vintage feel — with an interesting, two-piece glass shade that should get lots of diffused light shining out and down from your ceiling. Hudson Valley Lighting describes the shade as “a multi-faceted shade of glossy, mouth-blown opal triplex glass and a prismatic down-light diffuser.” And the metal trim — available in four finishes — give this ceiling light a bit more pizzazz than a plainer schoolhouse light.
- You can buy Odessa Lighting by Hudson Valley Lighting on Amazon (affiliate link) and at other retailers.
Note, these lights are not cheap. But: They are made in the USA, and Hudson Valley Lighting seems to be positioning themselves as focused on quality. Indeed, I have put Hudson Valley Lighting ceiling fixtures in our two bedrooms about 10 years ago. I chose them for the quality of their glass shades — they are really nice! (Alas, now discontinued.)
Where to use this Odessa lighting:
We see this design as having decidedly vintage prewar deco styling.
We’d put it in any kitchen with deco lines… in kitchens that want to play up their 1930s, 1940s or early 1950s sweetness… and in the same style mudrooms, laundry rooms or kitchens with relatively low ceilings that need more light.
We like both the antique brass and satin nickel finishes. Aged looking.
The medium-sized Odessa holds two 60-watt bulbs… it’s 13.5″ wide by 6.5″ high. There’s a smaller, one-bulb version and a larger, three-bulb version. The small version may be good for a hall or small mudroom… but the big one, well, it sounds too big for our houses.