I love capiz, so I threw my hands up when my husband deemed this vintage orb capiz chandelier on Craigslist Montreal a “weird UFO,” we went to see it anyways, and he still hated it… Am I crazy for thinking it’s cool?
Doesn’t it remind you of Restoration Hardware’s similarly sized capiz pendant, for $495? (The wider the shell, the more expensive they are, so the vintage version wins out for sheer scale.)
I also found a vintage capiz chandelier on 1stDibs (with an even better honeycomb pattern) that sold, price unknown.
The one up for grabs in Montreal is 24″ across. It’s in decent shape except for one missing shell on the top; damage to two shells where the rim meets the support bar; and one sliver on a bottom shell. If it’s hung high enough you won’t notice, or fix it with replacement shells from a company like Caribbean Imports. In NDG, asking $65. I think it’s a DEAL.
And here’s a little Capiz 101 for you. It’s from a mollusk – the windowpane oyster, or Placuna placenta – and there’s loads of them in the Philippines, where they’re commonly harvested for food.
But instead of throwing out the flat, shimmery, translucent shells, Filipino’s started using them in place of glass in windows, and to decorate pretty much anything – walls, furniture, lighting – the possibilities are endless, right down to this killer Christmas tree!
Capiz light fixtures have been trendy over the last few years, especially the breezy dangling versions. I think the globe styles are more timeless and adaptable to different styles. Or does it still scream beach cottage to you?