Architecturally-inspired candles or signage numbers?
by John Ross
| April 20, 2009
This may not be the year to attempt a costly interior renovation, but perhaps you’d still like to add some architectural detail to your space without breaking the bank, a sweat, or a fingernail. Why not forego the overhaul and enhance your home with one of Niho Kozuru’s architecturally inspired candles instead? A Boston-based sculptor with work in major museums, including the DeCordova, Kozuru scours salvage yards and flea markets for fragments of antique turned-wood details like those found in traditional New England homes. Back in her South End studio, Kozuru strips the wood fragment of decades worth of paint before making a mold for her collection of hand-poured candles. The results are beeswax sculptures with names like Finial, Pendant, and Plinth, each covered with a subtle trompe l’oeil wood grain and topped with a wick. Best presented in a group of different shapes, Kozuru’s candles ($55–$115) are naturally aromatic and burn exceptionally clean and bright. While they might not increase the resale value of your home, these candles have surprisingly long burn times, with the largest illuminating for up to 450 hours. Now, can your fancy crown molding do that? Light up your life by picking up a few at www.nihokozuru.com/candles.
Is the look of your house veering a bit too close to Early-American Boring for your sophisticated taste? For a quickie mid-century makeover, score a set of these signage numbers by celebrated architect Richard Neutra at Design Within Reach (519 Tremont Street, Boston, 617.451.7801). Designed in the 1930s, these numbers originally graced the exteriors of Neutra’s mid-century buildings, and now they’ve been reissued to add some retro grace to your space. While meant to be installed on the outside of your home, these numbers ($48 each) add a dose of striking décor indoors as well. Why not add two or three to a grouping of your favorite art, vintage or otherwise?