In my search for vintage yet contemporary pieces I stumbled across a lovely little online store called Historic Lighting. I haven't bought anything from them yet, but I love the look of their pieces, and compared to some other stores they seem very reasonably priced. Their items are also made in Britain, a real plus for those wanting to help our economy and support local producers.
Here are my favourite pieces for sale right now.
I could see any of these in my new kitchen, hanging above my wooden dining table. I'm not sure how easy they are to install or if there are specific connections needed, but I will definitely consider these items when deciding on my lighting options. I love the vintage look, but these would also work well in a modern kitchen adding an extra quirkiness with the right furniture.