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Not many of us would find the room in our homes for sculptures with a display-only purpose. With majority of Australians opting to live in high-density areas, often trading space for the opportunity to live in more populus suburbs near a city’s best amenities, there’s often not a whole lot of room prioritised for sculptural items in a home once the necessities are moved in.
But stick a wick out the top and pour them from wax, and suddenly a sculptural candle is a home decor trend w’ve been seeing for quite sometime now — deserving a prime spot upon an already packed bookshelf or atop the dining room table.
Sculptural candles are different from regular candles in a couple of ways. For starters, they’re most often unscented, which means they’re purely for looks. And second, they’re seldom burnt for how stunning they appear in a home. Not to mention the fact they’re often sold at a higher price point. They are considered art, after all.
As for my favourites? Well, I have a few. Sculptural candles with colour tend to catch my eye. Considering the fairly neutral colour palette in my home, I find them a great way to add some colour personality. I’m also into sculptural candles in more organic forms, however, it’s hard to ignore a more traditional sculptural form like a bust.
Take a look at our favourite sculptural candles below.
Studio McKenna’s Fragmentary Colossal candle ($85) is a beautiful sculptural piece to add to your home decor. This soy wax candle is proudly hand poured in Melbourne with the intention of creating captivating statement pieces that speak to all of your senses. Place it on top of your coffee table books or on your knick knack shelf for all to see.
Just shy of $415, it’s understandable that you may never, ever decide to burn this baby. The rich navy tone is chic and moody while the detail is next to none — just look at those ringlets. It’s rather large being 35cm tall, so set aside some space in your home for this one. Perhaps on a plinth.
Add some delicious decor to your surfaces with this Croissant Shaped Candle ($32) from Urban Outfitters. If you do decide to burn this cute pastry-esque candle, you’ll get 20 hours of melt time.
The Barrenjoey Candle ($89) will add a touch of Palm Beach to your home. The column like shape is topped off with a sleek cylinder for added style. Its design is actually inspired by NSW’s Barrenjoey Lighthouse.
Made in small quantities by Dutch designer Lex Pott, these sculptural candles never last long online. The fluid shape is of the candles, which need no base, are designed to showcase the flexibility of wax and embody “form, function and fun,” says Pott.
You’ve seen her all over Instagram, and now you too can own your own influencer-approved wax bust. Available in seven on-trend shades, the candles are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, from 100% organic bee and soy wax. While these are available to ship from the US, we might recommend checking out a more local maker on Etsy.