It's a longtime habit amongst my grandpa's peers to take glass memorial candles— the fiery commemoration of the saintly lives of loved ones past— and reuse them as breakfast juice glasses. Call it early upcycling. Eco-chic has never been as instinctive. Astier de Villatte, everyone's favorite earthy, Parisian ceramic company is raising the bar on grandpa's tradition.Along with its oft-copied, white-washed ceramics, Astier has carried glass-encased candles for a while now. The scented candles are made of all-natural materials and fragrances and named after places such as Monte Carlo and Naples. Sigh...
Recently, however, the company has placed these candles in its signature ceramic casing. So, once used, any of its admittedly pricey candles is meant to be washed, shorn of its label and enjoyed as part of one's ever-stylish Astier collection.
Further underscoring the Astier-ness of the candles, each of them can even be purchased with a charming top hat-like ceramic lid— yet another reminder of what sets Astier's quirky, chic aesthetic apart from its copycats.
Find It: Astier de Villatte, $75-120 at Barneys New York
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