14 Modern Pendant Lights

14 Modern Pendant Lights

By Jordan Kushins and Sam Grawe / Photos by Dwight Eschliman
Flying high in the air with the greatest of ease or low over a table to accent your meal, a pendant illuminates the room like no other kind of fixture.

When it comes to interior lighting, we all owe Danish architect Poul Henningsen a huge debt. Having grown up in the glow of gas lamps, Henningsen tinkered for ten years in the early age of electricity before taming the bare bulb. His first PH Lamp -- unveiled at the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris -- was an instant sensation and unlike anything that had come before. Its three shades directed light downward while also casting a pleasant ambient glow.

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