For all sorts of good reasons, an outdoor chandelier is virtually impossible. So what do they do in Venice, the home of glass, if they want to install al light outside? They do this (see above), i.e. they create a lantern by making a wire basket and then blowing glass into it. Each one ends up a little different and, as you can see, the glass is usually patterned -- here, the dimpled effect called "balloton".
The specialists in this kind of work nowadays are Siru, on the Lido. All the illustrations in this introduction to the Venetian lantern are of their work.
The wire in these two examples is blackened by the heat involved in the process of blowing the glass into it.
However, the wire can be treated to bring it back to its silver finish, which is appropriate for more contemporary designs, such as this one:
By specifying this white glass, you can pacify those clients who do not want to see a lamp.
A third wire option is this more luxurious gold plated twisted wire, as seen in the precious little bedside light below:
For centuries, Venetian design has been strongly influenced by its trading with the east (see Deborah Howard's classic book on the subject, Venice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture, available from the Venice section of our aStore). Lights of Venetian origin are a godsend, therefore, when when asked to specify in a more middle-eastern/north African style (there being no long-standing local tradition of electric light fittings).
This table light...
...are called Sultan, for example. And this is Harem:
Other designs are much simpler:
and more contemporary:
Most of the lights can be used outdoors (specify their location when ordering) and there are outdoor fittings of which the metal parts are available in a wide range of finishes. Here's just one:
Oh, all right then, here's another one:
and there is a good choice of outdoor wall lights:
So what are people doing with Venetian lanterns nowadays?
Here is the recently-opened Andaz at Napa, Calif. -- the outdoor terrace:
There are floor-standing versions, here at the Eva Palace Hotel on Corfu, in the Serenissima Bellini bar:
This image of a guest room in the Hotel Blue Domes on Kos shows a single design being used as a wall light, a bedside light and a pendant:
and same use of the fact that designs are available in complete familes is exploited elegantly here, in the Serita Beach Hotel, Crete: