The Church Chandelier was first created to illuminate California Modernist Rudolph Schindler's Bethlehem Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Schindler was active in southern California from 1920-1953, working almost exclusively in LA building single family homes and small apartment buildings. He called his work "Space Architecture," designed not just for structure, but also for the climate, light, and mood of an interior space.
The Bethlehem Baptist Church is located in South Central LA, and happens to be on the way to one of our vendors. Brendan stopped by and had the opportunity to talk with the pastor, who was in the process of renovating the space. After hearing the plans and sharing what he imagined for this classic, mid-century design, we offered to provide the lights, leading to the creation of our Church Family.
Inspired by Schindler's sacred space and his use of the bare bulb, we designed the Church fixtures to cast light not down, but up and out, with globe lamps exposed and celebrated. The Church Family utilizes a three-part axis of symmetry to provide visual intrigue when viewed from any angle.