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Closer Look: Lindsey Adelman's Bubbles of Light

Lindsey Adelman's elegant and quirky blown-glass fixtures — delicate, industrial and organic-looking all at once — are popping up in kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms all over the country. Her brilliance comes from her ability to find balance in opposing directions: Each of her pieces offers a push-and-pull between fragile and strong, hand-crafted and machine-made, masculine and feminine, refined and industrial.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2011

One of Adelman's Globe Branching Bubble Chandeliers was used perfectly in designer Grant K. Gibson's room at the 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase House. The graphite walls, lime-washed ceiling, and similar silhouette of a potted tree only emphasize the fixture's statement-making shape

modern kitchen by risa boyer architecture
The same chandelier is used in this kitchen. While it's still relatively simple, it commands attention whether the lights are on or off. 

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Lindsey Adelman Globe Branching Bubble Chandelier - $19,250.00

Most of Adelman's pieces are inspired by natural forms. The combination of the glass globes and angled brass armature of the Globe Branching Bubble Chandelier bring to mind a blooming cherry branch.

contemporary kitchen by valerie pasquiou interiors + design, inc
These quirky Bubble Pendants work beautifully in this sleek but rustic kitchen. Since the shapes aren't perfect globes, they feel more natural, blending with the polished wood grain on this kitchen's counters and floors. 

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Bubble Pendant - $1,750.00

The perfect imperfectness of the Bubble Pendant is what makes it appealing. Since each of these pieces is handblown to order, not every shape is going to be exactly the same.

eclectic bedroom by Elizabeth GordonA clustered Bubble Chandelier is a great addition to this metallic bedroom. The grays and silvers are warmed up by the fixture's soft glow. The clustered shape stays high up on the ceiling, allowing the bedside pendants to remain the primary focus.

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 Bubble Chandelier - 6 Globe by Lindsey Adelman - $9,600.00

The stacking version of the Bubble Chandelier uses the same basic handblown bubble shape from the Bubble Pendant and Branching Bubble Chandelier. A close cluster of fragile glass bubbles, this chandelier is exquisite. Edison bulbs give it an industrial edge. 


contemporary table lamps by thefutureperfect.comLindsey Adelman Cluster Table Light - $3,300.00 

The Cluster Table Light was also inspired by natural forms from the sea. This table lamp is fused with barnacle-shaped vessels. Industrial Edison bulbs shine through the gray glass, contrasting with the organically inspired shape.


  eclectic pendant lighting by rollandhill.comKnotty Bubbles Pendant - $2,900.00

The Knotty Bubbles Chandelier was inspired by Japanese knotting from packaging, Japanese fishing floats, and barnacles on shipwrecked treasure. Doesn't it look like something that would float to the ocean's surface in a fairytale? Adelman's idea of contrasting textures and styles is particularly clear here, where a rope is wrapped tightly around the free form of the glass.


pendant lighting Catch by Lindsey AdelmanCatch by Lindsey Adelman

The Catch fixture is made out of solid brass forms cut with water jets to resemble large hooks and links. Adelman and her team blow the glass directly into the mold, which fuses the two materials together. The collection can be customized by hooking together pieces to create chandeliers, sconces or pendants. 

Lindsey Adelman
delman worked for the Smithsonian after graduating with an English degree, but she eventually felt the pull of the design world. She credits much of her current work to her childhood love of crafts. Adelman eventually went on to RISD to earn her BFA in Industrial Design, eventually starting her own line of handblown glass fixtures. 

Lindsey Adelman Studio is located in Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Check out the studio's blog for great, behind the scenes information.