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Chrome and Concrete Candle Sets

Two Icelandic designers explore a similar silhouette in different mediums

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 21 March 2013

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Much like Ólöf Jakobína's Marmo table, So by Sonja is similarly inspired by Iceland's imposing lanscape and brightly colored architecture. Created by Sonja Björk Ragnarsdóttir, the range's first product, Candlestick 5, take its name from its form. The pentagonal shape makes for non-linear arrangements, a subtly purposeful detail which hints at the designer's playful approach to industrial design. Made entirely in Iceland the solid aluminum pieces vary in height and color, each conveying distinct character. Candlestick 5 is available in five sizes and colors and can be found directly online from the Reykjavik Corner Store.

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The similarly geometric Inspira's Studlaberg candlestick holders accommodate both tapers and tea candles, taking on an entirely unique profile depending on which one they contain. Referencing basalt columns found in Iceland the range uses solid cast concrete, taking on a beautifully cold personality that contrasts nicely with the warm light of lit candles. From what started as a father-daughter side project, Inspira expanded to a full product line just last month, pulling from Icelandic cultural heritage and geography.

Not only are we drawn to the spare aesthetic but we appreciate the use of concrete as a creative material—an integral ingredient in contemporary Nordic architecture. Find Inspira's in Iceland only through Scandinavian design superstore Epal. If you live elsewhere contact Inspira directly for purchasing information.

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