At the height of the pandemic last year, a deluge of candle content began flooding Instagram. It wasn’t Diptyque or Fornaestti that was piquing peoples’ interest, though — more avant-garde picks, from Areawear’s blob-shaped Goober, a pastel orb of wax, to Lex Pott’s double-ended Twisted candle, were appearing on the feeds of influencers aplenty.
The preponderance of candle content sparked a full-blown craze (British Vogue proclaimed candle-making the “biggest trend of lockdown”) that, needless to say, is still going strong. As WFH routines push us to revamp our homes, people are looking for easy ways to spice up their space. Candles, especially ones in unorthodox shapes and sizes, are easy fixes — in one fell swoop, they double as mood lighting and decorative design objects.
Yui Brooklyn crafts candles in the shape of cakes, shells and other playful objects while Patrick Coard Paris mixes metal and wax to create amorphous, glowing sculptures. 54Celsius hides gold “skeletons” inside cat-shaped candles that reveal a spooky surprise as they burn. Keep scrolling for our favorite statement picks.
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- Piera Bochner