Feb 1, 2010

Branching out

{Ted Muehling Branch Candlesticks via Remodelista}

I was flipping through an old copy of Smithsonian Magazine and came across these gorgeous candlesticks that come with a not so gorgeous price tag...$1,298.00!  Ted Muehling originally created the pieces in 2003 and they were included in the exhibit "Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008" at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.  I sighed when I saw these candlesticks they are so lovely.  
The pieces, made at a Munich porcelain factory that has been in operation since 1747, were cast from wind-twisted cedar sticks.

I would love to have a set similar to this flanking each side of our fireplace mantle with my favorite framed photograph by my friend Christine Tran right in the middle!  I can see it already.

Unfortunately I have searched online for something similar, and nothing is quite as stunning or breathtaking as Ted Meuhling's work.

Here are a few of the others I found:

{via ivillage}

{via casa sugar}


What do you think?


  1. Bah! So tough... out of the three contenders I like the gold Nate Burkus ones best. One thought is instead of candles, it seems like you could pretty easily DIY "shelves" like this and flank your fireplace with some favorite books. Just a thought!

  2. I have to agree, the Nate Burkus would be my 2nd choice after Ted Muehling's.

    I love the idea from WOKmedia. Thanks for the thought!

  3. I love candles and I'll go for the gold ones. And I agree with Brittany, books are the way to go!

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  4. These are incredible!!! I really like the second silver one, they remind me of unicorns for some strange reason and I love unicorns.