Plenty of mod takes have supplanted fancy candelabra on ceilings around the city, but there’s a more apropos way to light tables than colorfully frosted globes or filament bulbs in mason jars. Here are three restaurants with creative chandeliers made from items you’d normally find in a kitchen or bar.
Artist Warren Muller of Badeebahdu specializes in creating light sculptures from found items, and when good friends Mitch and Jen Prensky were preparing to open their South Street restaurant, he suggested a custom piece. Titled “The First Supper,” the piece he came up with uses coffee pots, a potato ricer, a sieve, a canteen and other kitchen equipment. “Guests get up from their tables to take photos of it all the time,” says Mitch. “People even come in off the street!” (926 South St.; 592-8180)
Proprietor Jason Evenchik commissioned the fixture hanging above the bar at his 13th Street wine bar from Vin Marshall, who constructed it in a Fishtown welding shop in 2005. It’s an enlarged take on a classic French bottle rack, used to dry wine bottles for re-use when that sort of thing was common. “There’s a spot in Paris, in Pigalle 18ème, where we used to hang out that had something similar,” Evenchick says (129 S. 13th St.; 215-922-3095).
Two chandeliers made of concentric circles of silver-plated spoons grace the ceilings of Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s Midtown Village vegetable restaurant, both made by Cake Vintage out of Tennessee. “They offered to create a custom piece with silver-plated forks or knives, but we thought that might make diners sitting beneath it a bit nervous!” says Jacoby. “Maybe if it was butter knives... We decided to stick with spoons, and we love them.” (1221 Locust St.; 215-320-7500)