In a world that’s increasingly moving toward dematerialisation, physical objects provide a counterpoint to the intangible; a piece of reality in a world that is becoming more meta by the minute.
Keeping it real.
One of the ways this physicality is expressed is through the art of living well; wine, food, architecture, furniture and objects are playing the anti-virtualisation card and are increasingly proclaiming the importance of sensory elements like materials, textures, scent and taste. Elements that are all part of the grand experience of what it means to be alive; experiences that the virtual sphere cannot offer us.
We might be buying less as we recognise the impact of our consumerism, but we are willing to spend more on items that co-exist with our new ideals; objects that provide a rich sensory experience, tactile or otherwise.
(above: 'Kesi' lamp by Fan Weiyan, Huang Yi and Ling Xiao using silk interwoven with copper thread / top: 3D printed construction by Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) and WASP, using an all-natural, recyclable, carbon-neutral material: raw earth)
When form follows material.
One of the major trends today is committed to the physicality of objects and experiences that can stimulate our every sense even more, advocating for the enjoyment and use of materials simply for their own sake. This material trend transcends the concept of style, and can be seen across different aesthetics.
When we at Candle Kiosk design our objects, from candles to homewares, our aim is to be inspired by the materials themselves, placing the focus on the physical, embodied qualities of the materials that we use.
(above: Cold-poured mineral wax candles, utilising the material to form the texture)
Inspired by the materials themselves.
Our minimalist design aims to provide style without superfluous decorative elements, but rather crafted within the intimate silence of materials. Fueled by the longing for haptic experience, we place more and more value on real, unique materials. This creative attraction to materials fully responds to our era’s desires, combining art with design, functionality with uniqueness, and traditional craftsmanship with modern technology in a yearning for timelessness.
When this is coupled with the desire for ecological balance, the drive for local, natural and sustainable, it takes shape as timeless objects that deliver a rich experience. This is the modern art of living well; hyper-real, better quality and longer-lasting.