In the booming, atomic America of the 1950's, designer Tom Greene took an incendiary approach to sculptural objects: taking a octylene torch to sheets of brass, Greene pioneered what would come to be called (with some justification) the Brutalist style. Today his impressive lamps and sculptures can be seen in hotels and private collections. The welding flame scorches the finery of brass, blasting its surface from gleaming clean to an oiled patina of industrial fallout. But the fiery edge of Green’s technique belies the finesse of his forms – floral, frequently, or fronded like lilies, especially for chandeliers. The result is a traumatic amalgam redolent of its era: the bomb, the nuclear family, atomic modernism, and the global conquest of American aesthetics. This chandelier arrays 18 bulbs in a two-tiered, radial formation around a single downward-facing light. Great condition with vintage patina.