a modern and refined alternative to the traditional candlestick: Svenskt Tenn

A client recently asked for my help in finding the perfect candlesticks for her dining room:  the only caveat, they had to be fresh and modern, and not the same old same old that all her friends have in their homes.  The task was actually easier than I first thought.  Not because there is so many alternatives out there (hint: we don’t live with candlelight), but because I lucked-out and found Svenskt Tenn, a Stockholm-based purveyor of contemporary home goods.  Good golly miss molly!  In one place, I found a variety of very cool and handsome candlesticks.

Below some of many of my favorites:

“Flow Tenn” (above) is a whimsical and fun pewter candlestick designed by Sissi Westerberg in 2004.  It’s a Gustavian column melting away J
“Candlestick loop” in brass or silver plate.  Like a vine crawling on your table.  Designed by Joseph Frank.

Brass Chamber candlestick, stylized for modern living and designed by Sigurd Persson.
The “Ball Brass”candlestick was designed by Svenskt Tenn founder Estrid Ericson.  She said candlelight should not come from below, but above, in order to give your guests the most favorable light.  Great tip!
“Three-bullets” candlestick designed by Sigurd Persson in 1963 and made in brass or silver plate.
Candle stick in pewter and Plexiglas designed by Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson c. 1945.

Wood and brass candelabra designed around 1950 by Josef Frank.

Six-arm organic brass or silver-plated candelabra designed by Josef Frank in 1934.

Some of these definitely look back to models from the distant past, others to the last century, yet they each remain new and interesting.  Happy to know the Swedes still love their candlesticks.  Who knew!

richard rabel
principal
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city

image credits: Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm