The perfect mashup of Japanese cool and midcentury style, origami pendants add sculptural elegance to any space. Made popular by George Nelson (Herman Miller's design director from 1946 to 1972), this saucer-shaped pendant from Design Within Reach is the sort of investment piece that never goes out of style. The crisscross pattern looks spectacular when illuminated, but it's even lovely during daylight hours. Still, the $359 price tag categorizes it as a lighting fixture you'll be committing to for a while.
If you like keeping your options open, design-wise, allow us to introduce you to an option that doesn't require plunking down triple digits worth of dough.
Serena & Lily's pendant retails for just $68! Though it's made from paper instead of plastic, its fabulous folds rival those of its pricier counterparts. If you're feeling extra adventurous, consider experimenting with hanging a group of pendants with varying silhouettes. At this price, the more, the merrier!