Introducing Fonte Candleholder by Inga Sempé

Inspired by the nails used to create Japanese ikebana floral art, Inga Sempé’s cast iron Fonte Candleholder is an original contribution to the field of candleholders. Unique, abstract compositions can be made by arranging the candles between the spikes, creating elegant displays that counterbalance the object’s rough aesthetic.

Fonte is available in two different sizes and is ideal for using as a centrepiece or displaying on a windowsill in many different environments.

Drawing of Fonte Candleholder.

“Fonte is a large cast iron candleholder that allows customers to arrange candles how they want.  It is inspired by the Japanese flower nails for ikebana, as well as the butcher’s efficient meat tenderizer. Its rough and tough aesthetic is balanced by the arranged candle display, raised on a high foot, putting the flames at eye level.” 

Inga Sempé

Drawings of Fonte Candleholder.

Early models of Fonte Candleholder.

About Inga Sempé

Inga Sempé is a French designer who lives and works in Paris. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris (1993), she also took up a scholarship at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome (2000 - 2001). She was awarded the Red Dot Design Award in 2007. Her work is known for a lightness of touch, for a strong personality and for a particularly tactile nature. The idea of everyday use is at the centre of Sempé’s approach and she often seeks out materials with special properties to answer the need of a daily function. For HAY, she has created the idiosyncratic accessories, Pinorama, Ruban, Fonte Candleholder and the sofa Pandarine.

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