I adore this light. The cork shade is unique, yet matches anything, it puts out a great amount of light and at 22 inches, it fills the room much more fully than some smaller pendants. The diffuser glass on the bottom makes it look very polished. It wasn't too difficult to assemble and they included several chrome extenders for taller ceilings. The finished product looks amazing. It's only been up a few weeks but has gotten lots of compliments!
I installed this lamp in about 30 minutes, with the assistance of my wife (holding the lamp while I fastened everything to the ceiling). The metal plate at the very top is 5" in diameter, if you have a medallion or pendant on your ceiling. The cork gives the lamp a nice earthly glow to the sides, the uncovered top allows the bulbs to illuminate the room well, and the frosted glass bottom allows for pleasant, bright lighting underneath. In a 15x12 room, this ceiling lamp lights up the whole room pleasantly -- not too bright, not too dim. There are two seams along the side, but I barely notice them. Very pleased, especially for the low price.
The cork shade adds a unique and earthy element to warm up a room (assuming the room needs warming). It lets off a lot of light with three bulbs and I use it as the only light source in a small kitchen that used to have fluorescent lighting. I was worried it wouldn't be enough, but it works just fine for me. I almost thought about putting in pot lights, but went with this fixture because it was less expensive and hoped for the best. It worked out really well. It probably wouldn't be enough for a larger kitchen as the only light source, but it's a cool statement piece.
This pendant is a winner! It is somewhere between modern and contemporary and its neutral enough to blend with most decor. We have it hanging above our eat-in dining table and the light it gives off is warm and bright. The size is pretty substantial, so just be aware of that. Overall, couldn't be happier, met our function, aesthetic, and price needs.