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Artecnica's Petit and Grand Trianon paper chandeliers

December 3, 2010 |  6:30 am


A Dutch-designed chandelier for under a hundred bucks? OK, $99 is the before-tax price. And it applies only to the smaller of two versions. (The larger is $150.) But still -- the Petit Tianon, above, and Grand Trianon, below, are seriously good deals for lighting that packs a lot of visual punch.


Created by Paula Arntzen for Artecnica, the eco-conscious L.A. design company, the lights are made from post-consumer Tyvek, the same material used for those waterproof mailing envelopes. Petit Trianon is 22 inches tall; Grand is 28 inches. The tear-shaped fixtures have a series of folds and slits so that when are lighted, they emit a patterned glow. Both Trianons, named after castles on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France, are lightweight and washable.

"The pieces are delicate and very strong at the same time,” says Artecnica creative director Tahmineh Javanbakht, who asserts that Arntzen, 30, is destined to be “a very important designer.” 

Design bloggers began drooling over the new lights when they were announced over the summer, but only now are Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon landing in stores. Check the Artecnica online shop, of if you're in L.A., head over to New Stone Age on 3rd Street. 

-- Alexandria Abramian Mott

Photo credits: Artecnica