It’s a bit of a cliche, but at this darkest time of the year it feels like I just can’t have enough lights on and candles lit around the house.
Luckily, the festive season is the traditional time to festoon the house in fairy lights and find space for as many extra candles as possible. This year there are some particularly gorgeous candle and tea light holders around and in particular I’m smitten by these (mainly) brass beauties by the Swedish company Skultuna.
Skultuna was founded as a brass foundry in 1607 by King Karl IX of Sweden, which apparently makes Skultuna one of the oldest companies in the world.
More than four hundred years on, it is still a purveyor to the Royal Court of Sweden and produces a range of brass and metal home accessories for everyday use and special occasions.
Top of my Christmas list would be any one of the London Collection of candle holders, which have beautiful cut outs that throw intricate, dancing shadows when illuminated.
On a much more practical note, they’re also constructed so that the body lifts off the separate base which makes inserting – and lighting – the candle or tealight a simple task.
Designed for Skultuna in 2014 by the internationally renowned jewellery designer Lara Bohinc, inspiration for The London Collection came from her travels. The lines of the Lunar pattern is inspired by the highways in Japan, The Celestial is inspired by motions of the planets around the sun and the Feather by the wing strokes of birds.
Skultuna also have a range of the smaller and simpler (but no less stylish) Kin Tealight Holders. They come in a range of metallic finishes and colours such as classic black and white but also a lovely Dusty Pink and a vibrant Azure Blue.
I think they’re all absolutely gorgeous, and my love affair with brass goes on, particularly when it lights up the home as beautifully as this on these short, dark days as we head towards the winter solstice.
You can shop all of the above and see more of Skultuna’s stylish and timeless home accessories online at Amara.