Fornasetti is the most whimsical design brand around, and I can never resist it. This is a surprise to me, as I’m not really a fan of whimsy. I generally prefer strong graphical design, bright colours and geometrics to more representational art (basically, give me art deco over almost anything else, and I’m a happy woman), but somehow, Fornasetti’s sense of the surreal and absurd appeals to me in the most delightful way. The RIP design which debuted in time for last Christmas actually made me laugh in delight (I like skulls, sue me) when I first laid eyes on it, and whilst this year’s L’Eclaireuse hasn’t quite made me giggle, it is definitely beautiful, and a lovely addition to my collection.
Half Maharani, and half pirate; Fornasetti’s muse Lina Cavalieri gazes out from the candle jar bedecked in either a golden eyepatch, or (my favourite) adorned in golden eastern-style jewels. Jewellery, I can also get behind!
Inside the jar is a new fragrance for this year; Mistero. This is a spicy blend of pink pepper, incense and cedarwood, which fizzes gently on the nose when sniffed from the jar, but I’m just waiting for the nights to draw in a bit so I can light it and see how the scent throws out in a room. Fornasetti candles generally burn well and very cleanly, and the other scents I have in my collection throw well, scenting even my high-ceiling-ed rooms gently but decisively, so I can’t wait to light this one.
Or, it turns out, not.
|It’s not a shrine. It does need some plants though.|
I do have a small Fornasetti problem in that I can’t bear to burn them at all simply because they are so damn beautiful! What a dilemma, I know … They are gorgeous objects in their own right, not just as candles, and I should just get over myself and burn them so I can use them for other purposes but I just need to finish admiring them first. Don’t I?
The Fornasetti L’Eclaireuse candle will be available from September, and will cost £125.
The Fine Print: PR samples.