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Matt Dilling's Neon Chandelier in New York.
Photo: Thomas Hannich

Why? Chandeliers are back in fashion, but if your taste tends to the modern, you’re likely to find yourself left in the dark by multiple tiers dripping with crystals. There’s one exception: this neon chandelier by Matt Dilling of Lite Brite Neon Studio, whose work has lit up Stella McCartney’s storefront and Bergdorf Goodman’s window installations. It’s made from five feet of triphosphor neon tubing—also used to treat seasonal affective disorder, because it mimics natural light—and a 20-by-24-inch model takes about a day to put together. The source of Dilling’s inspiration, appropriately enough, was a turn-of-the-last-century candelabra that could be fitted for bulbs, referencing “the conversion of one kind of lighting technology into another.” Different color combinations are available, but the designer prefers this warm white with “bulbs” the color of a 100-watt lightbulb ($2,200 at the Future Perfect; 718-599-6278—a wall sconce is also available for $900).

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