Leading Lights

No longer must chandeliers be stodgy, showy or crystal-studded. Today's fixtures are eye-catching and ultramodern and can work in any home, from a condo to a castle.

Online retailer Inmod sells an assortment of its space-age Sputnik chandeliers. The chrome designs are both retro and modern. Higher-end models include handblown glass versions. The Ika Trio ($1,699) in red looks like three bundles of red-hot chiles (inmod.com).

For the environmentally conscious, Neues Licht of Denmark uses fiber-optic cables in its energy-efficient Scintilla chandeliers. Crystal droplets hang from three tiers and are lit by a programmable light source that can change color ($2,550 to $5,100; neueslicht.de).

Each handblown glass chandelier from U.K.-based Roast Designs is unique. These multicolored clusters of spheres look almost organic and are available in four sizes ($1,250 to $2,150; roastdesigns.co.uk). No one may ever want to get up to clear the table.