Wonderland candleholder by arctenica. NYIGF 2012.
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London-based designer Stephen Johnson scoured antique shops in England for the odds and ends that comprise Wonderland, his playful candleholders. Miniature hotdogs, barrels, birds and animal figurines are stacked off-kilter, one on top of the other to make up the candlestick portion, while a base made out of a horse, a rabbit, a lady-in-waiting or a hummingbird fluttering atop a tree branch anchors the whole menagerie.
Wonderland, as in Alice and Wonderland, is made from 100% recycled aluminum and is available in matte white as well as special editions of chrome and gold. At NYIGF this year Artecnica debuted the fantastical table topper in matte red. While I think all modern furniture lovers will agree that the rigors of austerity are key, no house is quite a home if you don’t let loose just a little, and Johnson’s candleholders are just the antidote to an otherwise stark and spare dining room.