Get the Look: 41 Modern Kitchen Island Pendants

To follow up on last week’s Montage: 32 Kitchen Island Pendants, here are 41 styles of modern kitchen lighting pendants petite enough to hang over the island. You can see I tend to veer to an industrial sort of style, and certainly favor the bare bulb aesthetic. I detest the red and cobalt cylinders so often found in newly built kitchens. I included a couple of colored glass specimens here, but they’re either a semi-translucent sky blue, if opaque, in a mid-century modern silhouette. I actually don’t have pendants over the island in Boston or the Cape. (I do however have a trio of #13 over the kitchen banquette table.) I prefer the clean look of recessed lights over an island, but if I had to have some, I really love these. My favorites . . . I am OBSESSED with #5 and #41.



1 Cage Fuel Pendant, $119 at CB2.

2 Peterson Pendant, $150 at Williams-Sonoma Home.

3 Capri Bottle Pendant, $195 at Jonathan Adler.

4 Astron Mid-Century Modern Pendant, $130 at Rejuvenation.

5 Iacoli & McAllister Frame Light, $395 at The Future Perfect.

6 Hoyne Pendant, $349 at Crate & Barrel.

7 Lucy Pendant in Linen by Lights Up!, $227 at Burke Décor.

8 Pendant No. 7730 by Savoy House, $124 at Lumens.

9 LUNTA Pendant, $39.99 at IKEA.

10 Muuto E27 Socket Lamp, 59€ at Maison203.

11 Bulb Pendant by &Tradition, $175 at Lumens.

12 NUD Concrete Pendant, $79.95 at Room68.

13 BRASA Pendant, $39.99 at IKEA.

14 Vintage Deco Milk Glass Pendant, $900 at Obsolete.

15 Aromory Work Lamp w/Hemp Cord, $875 at Jayson Home.

16  Vintage Flowerpots by Verner Panton, $998 at Moetkunsten.

17  Hand Screened Shades by Tamasyn Gambell, £70 at Forest.

18 Globe Pendant, $99 at West Elm.

19 Northrup Classic Chain Pendant, $440 at Rejuvenation.

20 Etch Shade Pendant by Tom Dixon, $525 at Lumens.

21 Hudson Valley Lighting Marion Mini Pendant, $480 at Wayfair.

22 TORNA Pendant, $69.99 at IKEA.

23 LBL Olivia Pendant, $336 at Lumens.

24 Industrial Pendant, $99 at West Elm.

25 Anvia Counter Balance Lamp, $1443 at Mass Modern Design.

26 Glas Suspension Lamp by Diesel with Foscarini 580€ at Maison203.

27 Vintage Prescolite Pendant, $1000 at BG Galleries.

28 Coope Pendant, $160 at Jayson Home.

29 Edge 30 Suspension by Alessandro Mendini, $490 at Hive.

30 A330 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, $1,165 at Lumens.

31 George Kovacs Alecia’s Necklace Mini Pendant, $97 at Wayfair.

32 Siren Pendant, $299 at CB2.

33 Form Us with Love Work Lamp, $120 at The Future Perfect.

34 Floral Pendant by Hiroki Takad, $835.20 at Ylighting.

35 Easy Pendant by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell, $155 at Hive.

36 Copper Shade Pendant by Tom Dixon $735 at Lumens.

37 Turquoise Dome Pendant by Jamie Young, $276 at Ylighting.

38 Urban Renewal Disc Pendant, $139 at Lightology.

39 Coronado Classic Single-Pole Pendant, $159 at Rejuvenation.

40 Can Can Suspension by Marcel Wanders for Flos, $290 at Hive.

41 Lauren Ralph Lauren Dustin Dodecahedron, $440 at Circa Lighting.

42 Verner Panton Topan Pendant, $350 at Ylighting.

Shopping Trip: IKEA

I finally took a road trip to IKEA in Stoughton, Mass. yesterday. It was pretty painless. Despite my husband’s plea “not to buy anything,” I came back with lots of little goodies. After all, not he surely meant furniture, not 79 cent glasses and fifteen dollar lamps. I tried out a few chairs – as uncomfortable as I remembered – but was impressed by the cute bedding. I went crazy in the Marketplace, stockpiling enough little vases to get me through next summer, even at increased rate of flower cutting. I loved the cozy sheepskins – especially the curly gray ones (must go back to buy a couple). I was most impressed by the lighting. I concentrated on table lamps. There were so many colorful, well-designed, decently made, inexpensive options, and I bought rather a lot. Here are pictures from my excursion, plus some product shots from the website.

First stop, the cafeteria for a cinnamon bun. I only ate half. Such restraint! They make great use of their KNAPPA pendant here. Head over for dinner – they serve Swedish meatballs.


Wandered from there into the kids section. Thankfully I no longer need plastic tableware, but the colors made them tempting!


The bug lights were appealing too.


I really liked the bedding patterns. Very graphic and not at all cutesy. The fabrication was a bit gauzy, but soft.


The model bedrooms were well put together.

Gotta love the Missoni-like throw.


This one used a rattan shade to add texture and make the bed wall more of a focal point.

straw bed

They even give tips: Frame a straw placemat for instant art.

placemat art

They were really touting these soft, woven baskets.They’re quite nice, actually.


There were some great texture-y lamps too.


And a straw ottoman.

straw ott

More lamps. Love the straw weave one (i think it is plastic). The picture does not do the first one justice. It’s the Lunta from the IKEA 365+ collection. The lamp is beautiful; the metal is shiny and strong and the pleated lamp shade is a natural linen. I bought one for my bedroom. At $59.99, it was the most expensive piece I purchased, but well worth the price. I got the white sphere, the FADO, for my son’s nightstand. Its low profile really opened up the space that had been blocked by a more traditional lamp. The last one, the LAMPAN, comes in white, red, gray, and navy. It is short, all plastic, one piece, and $4.99!


One of the best things about IKEA, besides its prices, are the colors. I thought the violet Arne Jacobson knock-off chair could be fun in our playroom. Too bad it was so uncomfortable! Love the orange chair; the yellow too. I like the two tone white and natural color of the third chair. It’s all wood and very sturdy.


Great rug! Color, pattern, and fabrication all wonderful.

pink rug

Speaking of color, I fell in love with the LYKTA table lamps. They look like vases (they’re glass, supposedly mouth-blown, but at $14.99 one wonders). The shades in our playroom are these exact shades of turquoise, lime, and violet. The store was out of the turquoise, but I came home with two limes, a violet, a purple. They’re lined up on the mantle. Unplugged, in the plastic wrap still. But I’ll figure something out


I went a little crazy in the vase department. But I couldn’t resist the colors, shapes, sizes, and prices. No matter how many vases I have out on the Cape, it’s never enough. The three little chartreuse PERSIKA ones will be perfect for my white blooms. They’re similar in shape and style to a larger Venini periwinkle vase I bought in Venice a million years ago. Notice the middle pair. One is an authentic Jonathan Adler, purchased a few years ago in NYC. (By the way, a Jonathan Adler boutique is opening on Newbury here is Boston. Can’t wait!) The other is a version of the FÄRM vase – Adler knock-offs. The last is another PERSIKA in white, placed in a generic florist’s vase that I had. SOrt of looks like a light bulb, but I like it.


Finally, the succulents and bamboo. Who knew IKEA had live plants? I put the bamboo, known at IKEA as DRACAENA, in the thick glass SNÄRTIG vases (79 cents! I bought five!). I popped the succulents into shiny white earthenware pots, the KARDEMUMMA, which have a vertical, almost bamboo-like design. LOVE!