Custom chandelier from start to finish

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reworks works with a variety of design professionals and consumers. More often than not, we work with interior designers who are seeking the perfect furnishings and accessories for their clients. Sometimes our client is an architect or builder; other times, we work directly with “end users.”

Some of our favorite projects have been ones where we collaborate with a team. For example, on a new chandelier project, we worked with an interior designer, Patrick Landrum of PL&D Interior Design; and his client, an Austin homeowner.

Patrick dubbed the style of his client’s dream chandelier “French flea market.” His client had been looking for a chandelier for the dining room in her home for several months. Patrick had taken her to private showrooms accessible only to the trade, spent hours looking at catalogs, and even created a special Pinterest board with examples of chandeliers. On her own, she had visited antique stores, showrooms, and lighting stores. The perfect chandelier did not exist, so Patrick and his client approached us with some specific styles in mind but also for consultation.

Patrick: “The client’s evolving style had moved from a rustic minimalism to what is commonly called French Flea market style—a mix of rustic, modern, and vintage. reworks is well-known and respected among interior designers for exactly this type of look, which is characterized by antique gilded pieces, iron chandeliers with missing crystals, worn velvets and damasks . . . The client had been looking at fixtures for some time and really liked the traditionally-shaped chandeliers with minimal crystal swags, and few pendants so the orientation was already decided…light, delicate, and wide.”

With a handful of photos for inspiration and guidance, Patrick first met with us to discuss proportions, dimensions, and crystal shapes and sizes. With Patrick’s sense of the parameters and our expertise in materials and fabrication, we began designing the piece as a team— playing with rings and tubular pieces, and bending and shaping them to find the right diameters and curves.

We created preliminary sketches to give the client the opportunity to visualize the process and weigh in. The most important elements were the crystal baguette ring, lower and upper arms, upper connections, the crystal sizes and colors, and the crystal basket.

We developed a connector piece design with hooks at the top to make the look of the chandelier more rustic, and to tie in with the style of the client’s dining room. The depth of the center basket was debated, and was ultimately changed to suit the client. We were able to make the rod support in the center of the chandelier disappear by using a clear filament so the basket would be suspended invisibly, which everyone was very pleased with. Once all of the chandelier’s dimensions were determined and approved, it was time for the fabrication process to begin.

With a small team of artisans, we began the work of connecting each custom piece of the chandelier to the center rings with minimal visibility allowing the crystal baguettes to reflect light through their entirety at the center ring.

Final crystal selection including clear and rock crystal almonds, small clear beads, clear square baguettes, and octagonal clear crystal chain were used on the piece. An antiqued silver finish was hand applied, and the crystal chains were oxidized to match. The final adjustment was the placement of the center basket suspended on the filament.

We personally supervised the installation in the client’s home, by an electrician Patrick selected. It was an exciting day for the client, who was over the moon excited about her perfect, custom, one-of-a-kind chandelier.