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Cloud XL Chandelier pendant light from Criteria

New Pendant Light Designs You’ve not seen Before

Echo 4 pendant light from Criteria (Bec Brittan)

I thought I’d seen it all.

When it comes to pendant lights, I mean. With styling, blogging and enough episodes of The Block under my belt, I was sure there was no pendant I hadn’t already experienced. I was wrong, of course (there’s a first time for everything, right?) – and the pendants in this post, courtesy of Melbourne biz Criteria, prove it.

Part showroom, part gallery, Criteria is operated by Rachael Fry and her partner Amon Carson – who have the exciting job of curating designer furniture and decor from around the globe. The pendants in this post (five of my faves) are just some of the lighting options the pair have curated – and I’ve officially lost my mind over them.

The one you see above is the divine Echo pendant, designed by Brooklyn native Bec Brittain. It features mirror and LED tubes, which exist in perfect harmony to bounce light around a space. The custom metal finish on this makes it a luxe and sophisticated pendant with real wow factor. Are you loving?

Below is another from Bec; the magnificent Shy Light, which can be configured into a variety of different shapes to make it an interesting – and customised – installation in the room.

Shy 01 Pendant light by Bec Brittain for Criteria

Cloud XL Chandelier pendant light from Criteria

Possibly my favourite moment in the entire Criteria lighting collection is the above number by Apparatus – a NY design duo made up of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson. Scrap that; I know it’s hand-down my fave design. The sheer scale of it is mind-blowingly beautiful. I want to clear out my office and dedicate the entire room just to holding this Cloud XL Chandelier. The giant globes are frosted by hand; that’s love right there!

Below is another amazing moment; the Horsehair Chandelier, also by Apparatus. Wefts of horsehair are combined with brass and etched glass in this design, which just makes it all kinds of amazing in my book.

Horse Hair Chandelier from CriteriaVotage pendant light from Criteria

Last but certainly not least is this amazing Voltige Light by Elise Fouin / Forestier. There’s also an amazing paper version of the above but the Voltige rattan ring design is far slicker in my books. I can see this design looking amazing above a long dining table – perhaps made of concrete – and really tapping into an industrial vibe. It would be such a talking point over dinner, don’t you think?

Click here to explore more lighting designs as well as all the other furniture and decor goodness from Criteria.

>>> Which pendant light is your fave from these five? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments section below 🙂


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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