Candles to create festive atmosphere
Few things are as atmospheric and instantly inviting as candlelight. A time-honoured way of creating a special ambience, candles come into their own at this time of year and bring a sense of occasion and warmth to festive gatherings.
For Christmas 2015 twentytwentyone was able to exclusively offer the Idlhane candlestick by Anderssen + Voll, an appealingly bird-like and sculptural cast-iron candle holder. For Christmas 2016 the designers have followed the success of Idlhane with Glo, a tactile tea light holder.
Lars Fjetland’s Moment candlestick has a similarly functional and expressive form. The ingenious design has a spring-loaded arm that flips down to extinguish the flame when the candle burns past a certain point, making it both safe and easy to clean.
If more refined materials are called for, Holmbäck Nordentoft’s Cafu candleholders and Matti Klenell’s Nappula candlestick combine smoothly sculptural forms with mirror-polished stainless steel and brass. Ideal as centrepieces for your table or as decorative objects in their own right.
The Lily Candlestick is a classic of Scandinavian design, conceived by Ivar Alenius Bjork in 1939 and enduringly popular in the present day.
By contrast, wall-mounted candle sconces are a striking way of introducing candlelight to the home.
Pierre Forsell’s sconces have a precise elegance that reflects the Swedish designer’s training as a silversmith. Designed in the 1950s, they exemplify the timeless qualities of classic Swedish design.
Reflex and Pendel refine the traditional light source into a sleek ornament that brings a fascinating play of reflected light and shade to interior spaces.
Scented candles offer a further enhancement of the atmospheric effect of candlelight and twentytwentyone’s selection includes examples that capture the character of two very different parts of the world.
Danish company Skandinavisk’s candles are perfumed to evoke the landscape and culture of Scandinavia, with a range of fragrances evoking pine forests, fjords and that most Hygge of occasions, Christmas. Margate-based brand Haeckels is inspired by a very different landscape: the Kent coastline. Their scented candles capture the essence of a bracing coastal walk through salt marshes sheltering sea birds, wild fennel and lavender.
Finally, there’s no reason why your box of matches should let the side down. Shane Schneck’s Strike matches look as appealing as the candles they light, with their simple coloured boxes decorated with a patterned striking strip.
For further inspiration, view twentytwentyone’s range of candles, candle holders, scented candles and incense here.