I don’t often go mad for a tealight holder but these really caught my eye. Maybe it’s because I spent a large chunk of yesterday afternoon tramping through the autumn leaves in the pouring rain. Maybe it’s because there’s a distinct chill in the air now. Maybe it’s because I have written so much about Danish Hygge recently that I have turned into a candle lover.
No I’m not choking on my biscuit. Hygge is a Danish word that doesn’t really have a direct translation into English but is about cosiness and comfort and welcomeness (as it were). It’s an ambience that every Danish home strives for and part of achieving it is about lighting a candle. Every day. My Danish friend Britta Gertsen who runs a PR company has told me that she lights a candle every single day no matter what the weather.
I have always been slightly afraid of candles. Instead of seeing a reassuring glow and a warm flickering light I tend to see FIRE and MAYHEM. But, given my current love of copper and the rather dreary weather that started yesterday and may well continue for the next six months, I feel suddenly more inclined to try and create my own personal hygge and if that means lighting a candle in one of these then people, I’m ready.
They’re from Maud Interiors and are made from handbeaten, organic Fair Trade copper and produced by INTACH, an NGO (non governmental organisation), working in collaboration with the copper artisans of Maharastra to revive and preserve the ancient craft.
Here’s a trinket box that’s also part of the collection:
Anyone for hygge?
Dimensions: Large length 20cm x width 9cm, small length 17cm x width 7cm
Price: £28 and £24