Design Within Reach Candles
DWR Exclusive Upon finishing his masters in industrial design at Pratt in 2005, Brad Ascalon was named one of the worlds Ten Most Wanted emerging designers by Wallpaper . He grew up immersed in art and design, and his chosen career is a nod to his father and grandfather, the latter of whom founded a metal arts manufacturing company in Israel in the late 1930s. He designed hundreds of decorative objects, says Ascalon, including dozens of menorahs. In fact, one piece he designed is in the permanent collection at the Jewish Museum. Ascalons father also designs menorahs, but not for tabletops. Rather, he produces one-of-a-kind, large-scale permanent art installations for synagogues around North America. When Ascalon approached us to see if wed be interested in producing his first menorah design, we enthusiastically agreed. The result is an elegant design crafted out of Carrara marble. Stylistically, the design finds itself in an interesting niche, says Ascalon, visually modern with an unexplainable classic undertone. The eight facets correspond to the eight days of Chanukah, and the left and right diagonals create an 18-degree angle. In Judaism, 18 is a very important number symbolizing chai , or life. A kosher design, the Ascalon Menorah (2011) accommodates eight candles arranged in a line on one level and a ninth, the shamash (used to light the others), on another. Available with or without 45 hand-dipped 6-inch white candles, which burn clean and bright for more than an hour each. Made in China. Part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Handpicked by Oprah for her 2011 Favorite Things issue of O, The Oprah Magazine . Materials: Solid white Carrara marble; wax candles with cotton strings. Measurements:H 1.75" W 2.5" D 11.5"
DWR Exclusive Designer Andi Kovel never says shes a glass blower. I never really wanted to be a glass blower. I just wanted to use it as a material...for my artwork. Yet, along with her partner Justin Parker, Kovel is subtly reinventing the art form. The two renowned artists have created custom work for Lenny Kravitz, Donna Karans New York flagship shop and Ralph Lauren stores. Parker is one of the top glassblowers, or gaffers, in the country, and Kovel has taught at both NYU and Parsons, among other universities. In their Portland, Oregon, studio, they transform recycled glass and beer bottles into graceful shapes using an electric furnace that doesnt emit carbon dioxide. The Candle Wax Vase becomes its owners work in progress. Finish the piece by simply burning candles, allowing the colors to drip and collect in the vase, an effect reminiscent of sand drawings. When its full, return it to Kovel and Parker, and theyll send you a new one. Each is signed by the designer. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Hand-blown glass. Measurements:H 12'' Diameter 9"
The Etch Candleholder (2010) is digitally manufactured via an industrial process used to produce electronics such as circuit boards. The advanced method allows intricate patterns to be cut – or etched – directly into the metal. With its geodesic structure, one candleholder will throw a mass of interesting shadows in all directions, and multiple candleholders can be locked together to create a larger centerpiece. Born in Tunisia and raised in England, designer Tom Dixon has a reputation that frequently precedes him. His bad boy mystique – Dixon dropped out of art school following a motorcycle accident and spent time playing bass in a rock band – is intriguing when juxtaposed with his unmistakable talent and emergence as one of Englands most influential designers. Candle not included. Made in China. Materials: Laser-cut brass, stainless steel or black powder-coated stainless steel. Measurements:Diameter: 4.75"