Yes, it is a chandelier Lighting designers are replacing pieces that were the showiest of light forms in decades past. They are turning chandeliers into stunning but barely recognizable lighting statements. The focus is a deliberately undazzling look and a goal of functionality in overhead lighting. The lean, linear designs sometimes make people wonder if the glowing sculptures really are chandeliers. Los Angeles designer Brendon Ravenhill explains that tensegrity, the engineering principle used in suspension bridges, holds the metal rods of his modernist form together. The lights are pointed in several directions. His 6-foot diameter Pivot weighs just 16 pounds and can collapse to ship in a standard cardboard box. Note that before this revolution, luxury lighting was all about fancy glass, glittering crystals and curlicues. At New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the new designer products featured many linear designs. The materials, hardware, joinery and shades create the ornamentation. Each unit sells for thousands of dollars. Rosie Li assembled brass rods into frameworks that resemble molecular structures, and she affixed glass orbs that shine in various directions. Li is quoted as saying, "A chandelier should be a handful of lights but mostly air. It should be evocative and capture the imagination but be understood."