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July 23, 2013
Originally published in Designers at Home
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Behind the Candelabra
Multiply the heroic candlestick by three, four, six, or ten. Add in some heavy-duty materials (iron, solid brass) and voilà: You’ve got hefty, scene-stealing candelabra for the modern age.

A modern candelabra makes for the perfect, weighty centerpiece on today's table.

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Weight Here large candelabra by KiBiSi for Menu

Weight Here large candelabra by KiBiSi for Menu, $110

14.5" H x 8" W

A polystone finish that resembles concrete updates the classic form. Cast-iron candleholders nod to historic artisanal techniques, but they have a utilitarian feel that’s of this century. store.menudesignshop.com

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Candlesticks by John Pawson for Avenue Road

Candlesticks by John Pawson for Avenue Road, $495 each

11.5" H x 2" W x 1.5" D

Seductively outlined bronze candlesticks, essentially scaled-down architecture by British minimalist John Pawson, have a subtle, muted dark-brown finish. avenue-road.com

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Sprue candelabra by Fort Standard for SCP

Sprue candelabra by Fort Standard for SCP, $885

20" H x 16" W x 4" D

The rough-hewn bronze candlestick by Brooklyn studio Fort Standard is made in Woolwich, England. Each piece retains the rough texture of its sandcasting process. Caution to the delicate: It may require two arms to lift. shop.thefutureperfect.com

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Parallel candleholders by Desu Design

Parallel candleholders by Desu Design, $148–$170

23” H x 1.75” W x 1.75” D 15" H x 1.75" W x 1.75" D 19" H x 1.75" W x 1.75" D

Available in four sizes (including a massive version almost five feet tall), this weighty, elongated candleholder, hewn of oil-rubbed bronze, should rest on a flat surface—no reclaimed-barn-wood tables, please. shophorne.com

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Esag candelabra by Carlo Trevisani for Atipico

Esag candelabra by Carlo Trevisani for Atipico, $80

19" H x 16" W x 1" D

Cast in ceramic, this airy candelabra derives its traditional three-arm look from a contemporary inspiration point: The hexagonal shape mimics the stem of a socket wrench. abitatt.com/en

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Abbracciaio Candleholder by Philippe Starck with Ambroise Maggiar for Kartell

Abbracciaio Candleholder by Philippe Starck with Ambroise Maggiar for Kartell, $225

9.5" H x 8" W x 4" D

Made of cast aluminum, this undersized candle apparatus holds two tapers. From one angle, we see rockets; from another, two figures embracing. Select the darkest of the three metal finishes to tone down the postmodern effect. kartell.com

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Walk of Flames candelabra by Frederik Roijé

Walk of Flames candelabra by Frederik Roijé, $475

33.5" H x 16.5" W x 15" D

Five powder-coated metal tubes line up seamlessly with the candlesticks they cradle. At almost three feet tall and 15 pounds, Walk of Flames makes a massive statement on either the floor or tabletop. aplusrstore.com

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No Early Birds Chandelier by Per Söderberg

No Early Birds Chandelier by Per Söderberg, $250

13" H x 11" W x 11" D

The sharply silhouetted, lightweight candleholder in Söderberg’s three-legged No Early Birds collection sports a powder-coated metal base and solid brass dishes. It also comes in pastel green or white. noearlybirds.tictail.com

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Kubus 4 in Copper by Mogens Lassen

Kubus 4 in Copper by Mogens Lassen, $225

8" H x 5.5" W x 5.5" D

Designed in 1962 by the Danish architect as a limited-edition gift for close friends, Kubus is in production again thanks to the Lassen family, who recently introduced a copper-plated steel version. dwr.com

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Agnes table candelabra: 3 candles by Lindsey Adelman for Roll & Hill

Agnes table candelabra: 3 candles by Lindsey Adelman for Roll & Hill, $1,875

18" H x 18" W x 18" D

An articulated, three-candle lumière, made of machined aluminum in a brushed brass finish. The assembly instructions are fairly easy to follow, but if gussied-up industrial doesn’t suit your fancy, look elsewhere. rollandhill.com

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behind the candelabra full view

A modern candelabra makes for the perfect, weighty centerpiece on today's table.

Photo square and rectangle by Adrian Gaut.

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