Do you love Sputnik lights — but don’t have the place for the prototypical large one? Good news: We found two styles of small sputnik pendant lights — just 12″ wide and tall, available from the The Land of Nod (now folded into Crate & Barrel, these lights now gone, but check out their stuff, lotsa fun) — a children’s store. In addition, you can get a 15″ sputnik from Practical Props, a specialist in making sputnik lights in a variety of sizes and styles.
Above: The 12″ Satellite pendant light from Land of Nod has nine arms, each specified for a max 40 watt bulb. Overall, I quite like its sleek lines. In particular, I like the cone-shaped bulb holders or whatever they are supposed to be called. Looks like it only comes in the gold finish.
Above: The 12″ Up and Atom pendant from Land of Nod has 12 arms, each capable of handling a max 25 watt bulb. This design is bulkier than the Satellite — more of a ka-pow. Looks like this comes only in the chrome finish.
Above: Practical Props’ Midround Baby Sputnik is not a perfect orb — its 12 arms reach from 6″ to 15″ to create an three-dimensial elliptical shape (I’m sure there’s a word for this shape — not an ‘egg’, but a symmetrical egg. Who knows?) It comes in either raw brass or chrome finish, and you can choose from a variety of bulb designs up to 25 watts.
Another difference with the Practical Props pendant is that the “drop” can be specified to size and then, it is completely covered with metal tubing. Take a close look, and you will see that The Land of Nod lights have a short length of tubing then you see the cord within a chain. To me, either look would be fine. I guess you could argue the Practical Props drop is more finished, while the cord-within-chain gives you more flexibility to adjust the drop once you to to install.