Kishu by
Maya Selway


Interieur 2012: objects that seem like half-finished sketches of candle holders, vases, bowls and bottles won British designer Maya Selway second prize in the Object category of the Interieur Design Awards at the Interieur design biennale in Kortrijk, Belgium, last week (+ slideshow).

Kishu by Maya Selway

Each object in the Kishu collection is carefully weighted at its base to support its lopsided structure. "I worked for a long time to get the balance just right," Selway told Dezeen.

The delicate pieces are made from oxidised copper, and the vase also has a shallow silver dish for holding water.

Kishu by Maya Selway

The bottles and bowls are purely decorative, but the candle holder and the vase can be used as shown.

Selway trained as a silversmith and jeweller at Camberwell College of Arts in London and Bishopsland near Reading, and has also worked making props and building sets for theatre and film.

Kishu by Maya Selway

Other unusual candle holders we've featured on Dezeen include one with a sandpaper base for striking matches and a series of stackable candle holders made from copper, steel and lumps of concrete.

At Interieur 2012 we also reported on a concept car by Ross Lovegrove that invites a primitive emotional response and a table, lamp and bookshelf made from concrete by Matali Crasset – see all our stories about Interieur 2012.

Kishu by Maya Selway

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  • Bhavnesh

    Visually, very beautiful objects, if given the space to breath. How do they look from different angles? Is the 'sketched' effect still apparent?

    Also, what happens with dripping candle wax in the holder?

    • amsam

      I’m with Bhavnesh– showing only the one “perfect” angle is absolutely useless on these, since in life they will almost never be seen from that angle. I’ll bet they’re interesting from other angles, even if the trompe l’oeil doesn’t work. Buy dripless candles.

  • I WANT that candle holder. Put it into production. It’s really clever.

  • A bit concerned about sharp edges, but there's no denying it's a very poetic line of objects :)

  • Sara

    Is it possible to purchase these anywhere?

  • droy

    Yeah, I was thinking the same. What do they look like at a less then perfect viewing angle?

  • Nice. But the they should have put a light color instead of dark. So that it looks like specular color in the dark when it’s actually used and seen.

  • Optimus Rhyme

    I do need to have the candle holder in my life. Where can I buy these and when?

  • Mike

    Good idea on paper but how much more gimmicky bullsh*t do we need in order to quench our endless thirst for consumption?