You don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate this mid century atom chandelier. But it wouldn’t hurt. This chandelier was inspired by the Atomium which is a landmark structure in Brussels. The Atomium was built in 1958 for the Brussels World’s Fair. It was designed by an engineer and represents the crystal structure of atoms, ions or molecules. The structure is 59 feet in diameter and stands 335 feet tall. The only difference between it and a real molecule is that it’s about 165 billion times larger. The name Atomium is a combination of atom and aluminum, the material that was used to build it. Maybe you do have to be a scientist. If not, read no further.
Mid Century Atom Chandelier
The crystal structure of an atom can be described in terms of a unit cell. The unit cell is a small box that contains one or more atoms arranged in three dimensions. The unit cells stacked in a three dimensional space describe the arrangement of the atoms for that crystal. Lattice patterns determine the length of the cell edges and the angles between them. Atom positions describe where the atoms are within the unit cell. Have you had enough yet. And just like the crystal structure of an atom, this mid century atom chandelier is built the same way. Solid brass tubing connects at the same angles to create an atom like box. The only difference is the addition of seven small filament bulbs to light this atom up. Hang this chandelier over the dining room table or the kitchen island to add mid century style to your home. Now what is an atom?