BEST PLACE TO FIND A '50S SPUTNIK LAMP Phoenix 2005 - Modern Lighting
What's old is new again, as they say in the fashion and furnishings biz. And if it's old you're looking for, as in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s old, Modern Lighting is a not-to-be-missed destination for any connoisseur of vintage funk. From goofy to gorgeous, this small store has stuff literally hanging from the rafters and taking up every available inch of surface space. We found a 1940s green-and-gold glazed doggy lamp here, along with a foofy chandelier dripping with capiz shells, probably from the late '60s, among the vintage tiki treasures and Hawaiiana sprinkled along Modern's jammed aisles. We were also impressed by several Chinese carved serpentine vase lamps and a pair of those Murano glass table lamps that were so terribly hip in the late '50s and early '60s. But the pièce de résistance was found overhead: a chrome Sputnik ceiling fixture priced at a cool $3,500. We're still thinking about it -- and about where we're going to scrape up the dimes so we can go back for it.