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Vesuvius candlestick

Candlestick holder that resembles melted wax. I love it.

tall (glazed)

Ted Muehling

design year:

Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Germany

white glazed porcelain

5″ high

Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Availability: Buy Vesuvius candlestick here

Gran’s Candlestick by Harry Allen

A plastic, colorful, traditional-style candlestick. Doesn’t seem like it would make sense, but it does. I heart Harry Allen.

“harry allen always cherished the silver candlesticks that were left to him by his grandmother. gran adored them and they appear in nearly all of the familyโ€™s early holiday photos. he loved to use them, and for a devout modernist, this caused some psychological conflict. after pondering the fact that everyone, even a modern designer like himself, responds to classical elegance, harry allen decided to embrace the conflict by copying them with color-infused plastic. through a material transformation, the classic form of granโ€™s candlesticks is available for the modern world to enjoy.”

available in: red, green, yellow, white, pink, blue
dimensions: 4.5″ x 14″ x 4.5″

Arik Levy: Kaz Candleholder/Sculpture

It’s a candleholder! It’s made of high quality clear crystal, so it’s got some heft to it and it’s named after one of the mountains in the Aegean part of Turkey (that looks like an iceberg.

Size: 9″ high

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Arik Levy: Kaz Candleholder/Sculpture here

Smart Candle Light

Here’s an alternative for those of you that have that nagging worry about fire. Sure, this looks like it’s a flickering candle, except it’s not. Powered by triple-A’s, you can now enjoy that lovely glow without the worry.

Glass shell, plastic insert. Two AAA batteries included.


(Link and price updated June 23, 2011.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.50
Available from: Smart Candle

Hand Grenade Oil Lamps

Holy cow! These oil lamps are actually real US army surplus grenades that are gilded in gold or silver (or left in their natural finish) and filled with oil so it can be a candle. I like ’em lots. No matter what your opinion on general warfare, you’ve got to appreciate the genius of these lamps. I’m sure many would have raised eyebrows when happening upon them, and I guess that’s the beauty of it all, huh?

2.25″dia x 3.75″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Hand Grenade Oil Lamps here

Concave Oil Lamps

This little lamp appears to be glowing with no energy source (wouldn’t that be nice?) when really the oil is under the concave, stainless surface.

Diameter 10.5″

Thanks, William!

Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Availability: Buy Concave Oil Lamps here

Silver Spindle Candlesticks

With holidays fast approaching, isn’t about time to buy things like turkey platters and candlesticks? These silver-plated candlesticks will make up for lack of turkey platters and basting brushes in my book, and maybe even those finicky relatives will be distracted by the pretty candlelight on the pretty candlesticks. The silver is unlacquered, so tarnishing will occur over time…but you can polish them back to their original luster with a silver polishing cloth.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

LED Tea Lights

Now, this is something I’m surprised I haven’t seen before somewhere…These look just like the regular tealights, but they last longer and are a bit safer since no flames are involved. They’ll give you up to 60 hours of light on a single battery (included and easily replaceable) and can be turned on or off with the push of a button.

Sold as a set of 2

(thanks for the link Beth!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.95
Availability: Buy LED Tea Lights here

Lighter by Carl Mertens

Look! A lighter that’s not made out of plastic AND that has no visible brands of any kind….”this sleek brushed aluminum tool is perfect for lighting food warmers, candles and the fireplace.” It uses standard butane (which is not included).

Delivery Time: 1-2 weeks (Quick! overnight if needed)

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Lighter by Carl Mertens here

Ghost Candelabra

This is something else. It’s made of lucite (polished edges) and comes with glass cups that hold four tapers. You actually assemble it and then it can fold back flat for storage. I bet it’s really nice when lit, and lends a special ambiance to whichever room you like.

Size: 12h x 10″w.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Availability: Buy Ghost Candelabra here