Cheap(er) Chandeliers: Big Bang, Little Bucks

Budget-friendly options still big on style

Hey I don’t mind a knock-off here and there.  Sure I’d love to be all uppity and tell you that a designer’s work is genius and should never be copied, but well, the reality…I live on a budget.  I have also accepted the fact that my tastes change/trends come and go, so if I don’t want to spend a fortune on an accent piece that I feel I need right now? I’m going to look at cheaper options.

Now that that’s out of the way, here are some fun finds -yay! (Oh and for you designers out there that have seen these a hundred times, I have a few questions for you at the bottom.)

Estee Stanley Claire Forlani's dining room in Domino

Above photo is from one of my all-time favorite projects, Estee Stanley’s design for Claire Forlani’s home that was featured in Domino in 2006.  We’ve all seen the capiz lamp and perhaps it’s overdone, but I do love mine still, and I love the way it’s mixed here with the leather/chrome chairs, that black painted hexagon tiled floor, and antique wood pieces. The real deal by Verner Panton will set you back a good $995, but everyone knows by now you can get one for a great price at West Elm (although it doesn’t look like they are offering the shorter version anymore).

West Elm capiz hanging chandelier

[ West Elm’s long hanging capiz pendant lamp $259 ]

I was completely obsessed with the Cellula chandelier when I saw it in Claire Forlani’s dining room (top photo, below) until I saw the price – $2600.  And here it is again in a more recent showing in Sally Hershberger’s Manhattan apartment in Elle Decor (love it over the bar!). I’m happy that Z Gallerie has come out with a knock-off since, and I admit it continues to tempt me every so often.

Estee Stanley Claire Forlani's formal dining room in Domino

Sally Hershberger's kitchen in Elle Decor

Z Gallerie linear strand crystal chandelier

 [ Z Gallerie’s linear strand crystal chandelier $349 ]

A recent a-ha!: the last time I went to The Parker in Palm Springs I finally noticed the glass links chandelier in the lobby.  Super cool!  But how about smaller/cheaper versions for a cooler price?

Jonathan Adler Parker Palm Springs lobby

Z Gallerie glass links chandelier

[ Z Gallerie’s glass links chandelier $299 ]

West Elm glass links chandelier

[ West Elm’s glass link chandelier $299 ]

I’m a fan of the Jonathan Adler Meurice pendant lamp as seen in this breakfast nook in Lonny, and yes you can get the smaller size for $375 (not too shabby), but you can also get something similar from Lamps Plus for $99.99.  Doesn’t have quite the same panache, but simple and sophisticated nonetheless.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd nook in Lonny

Lamps Plus white swag chandelier

[ Lamps Plus white swag chandelier $99.99 ]

I’ve been seeing the Cabouche chandelier everywhere lately, haven’t you? But at $1800+, why not just get Z Gallerie’s smaller version for $399? Save that extra $1400+ and buy yourself a non-knock-off, knock-out piece.

shoot factory cabouche chandelier

Z Gallerie jupiter chandelier

[ Z Gallerie’s jupiter chandelier $399 ]

This one I thought was pretty cool. Below is an image from a set on the TV show Parenthood with two IKEA lamps!  I’m really liking the treatment here in a living room, paired up. And at $69.99 a piece, it treats your wallet nicely too.

"Parenthood" set

IKEA PS VAVA pendant lamp

[ IKEA PS VAVA pendant lamp $69.99 ]

I was excited when I saw my West Elm pendant in a recent issue of RUE. I had purchased one on clearance a few years ago, and now I wish I had bought two for my dining room, too!

Manny Rodriquez dining room in RUE

my dining room

OK so I’m dying to know if anyone has found a cheaper version of Tom Dixon’s copper pendant lamp, as seen here in a bedroom done by one of my favorite designers ever, Molly Luetkemeyer (and can I tell you how thrilled I am that I get to profile her in an upcoming post?):

mdesign benedict canyon bedroom

And lastly, I’ve been seeing this or a version of this chandelier a lot lately, and I was wondering if you had any sources? I am digging the way Ryan Korban uses it as a delicate accent in unexpected places (top photo, below) and this recent usage by Flair in Lonny (bottom photo):

Ryan Korban bathroom & bedroom in Lonny

Flair workspace in Lonny

Have you found any other good deals on glam lighting? Hit me up!


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. I found a fabulous links chandelier on eBay (recently installed at the shop). It has 3 tiers and oodles of links. A nearby furniture store sells it for 3xs what I paid. When in doubt, eBay!

  2. I know that in order to avoid copyright stuff, all the knockoff peeps have to do is change one little thing on the frame or the design – unfortunately the copper pendant we both want (over my saarinen dining table!) is only a copper ball – there is nothing to change and is so iconic I don’t think it will be copied or offered cheaper. The lucite or glass chandeliers can be found on ebay,, and your local flea/vintage stores for super cheap – especially if you are in an area (like I am) that does not appreciate modern or mid century design. They will basically give it away!
    -e (modern24seven)

  3. Thanks everyone! Did anyone notice the sale on Hautelook today? I was very tempted!

    Desire, when are we going to get to see pics of your store??

    Laura, I would love to see pics of your kitchen with whatever pendant you get!

  4. I need a number of glass links for a fallen chandelier, I know there are many sizes and shapes. Are there places that supply the spares , many thanks Adam