This chandelier was custom created to compliment the timeless essence of the historic Dallas landmark “Bowen House.” I originally worked with the owner of the bar in creating a timeless and ‘renaissance’ look. Each rod is colored with sparkly gold flakes and pulled out, almost giving it a wood grain effect. The glass rods are different lengths and polished at both ends to let the light transfer through them, similar to fiber optics. The process of designing a piece like this is straightforward. First, from the idea we create a drawing within the space as well as glass samples. Then a specific drawing to scale, a model and the final product! There are many customizable details involved while designing a chandelier. For glass samples, we made a variety including some with gold leaf, gold flecks, others with bubbles, and others just clear. For Bowen House, I really liked these long slender glass pieces with sparkly metallic flecks which come alive with any light! So that is what we choose, with the client’s approval.
We checked out the different styles in a mock-up as well as saw the desired length of each rod.
For the specific drawing in this piece, we incorporated the curve of the bar and produced a CAD drawing which also laid out each piece of glass with the spacing for possible lamps above. The metal team of John Christian Designs created the metal insert and support box for the glass out of aluminum. What Mr. Staub “Hollywood” is doing is ‘counter-boarding’ or cutting into the metal a series of different steps. One step is for the rubber grommet to set into so there isn’t metal and glass touching, and also this holds the glass tightly into place. The other hole is the support of the grommet. Each glass piece is measured by this inside diameter and cut to fit. Then the glass is pulled out individually, all cut and polished to fit perfectly into his hole. I love the crystal tips and how the light travels down the rods and illuminates below. I am very happy how it fits with the existing decor and brings about such energy to the room. This house is very special and has quite the history to go along with it. The transcendence and symbolism of this piece is very fitting with the story.