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Fall is Coming. Here Are 36 Sculptural Candles to Make Working From Home a Bit Cozier.

What is happening in the candle world? It seems like only a few years ago that everyone got on board again with tapers, which were once relegated only to formal dining rooms and Victorian-era cosplay. Now, not only are tapers available in every color of the rainbow, but you can also find candles in nearly any form you can imagine, from a female torso, to waxed Italian fruit, to ropes, yin-yangs, and Romanesco broccoli — all imbued with a sophistication and color palette that lifts them beyond their mall gift-store origins.

The trend towards sculptural candles — the kind you might prefer never to light at all — probably began back in 2014, when Brooklyn designer Andrej Unam began selling his Milk Candles, their signature nubby form made from pouring wax into a 3D-printed mold; it’s also the year Grain released their Totem candles, which evolved from the Seattle-based duo’s experiments on the lathe. But while those candles were rooted in an exploration of process, the recent spate of sculptural candles seems more interested in eliciting pure delight by virtue of on-trend color combinations and heretofore unexplored patterns and forms (snake squash, anyone?) They’re also an extremely cost-effective way to add visual interest to the rooms your friends and coworkers have become quite familiar with on Zoom, and to provide a bit of cozy comfort in the months ahead. Here are 36 of our favorite recent examples.

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Carl Durkow colorful beeswax candles, $36-48 each

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Carl Durkow natural beeswax candles, $40-$54 each

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Ascend Candle by Common Body, $28

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Balance Candle by Common Body, $24

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Geo Pillar Candle, $22

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Rope Taper Candles by Greentree Home, $28

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Atom Cube Candle, $48

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Yin Yang Candle, $46

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Snake Squash candle by Piera Bochner, $75

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Romanesco Broccoli candle by Piera Bochner, $65

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Bitter Melon Candle by Piera Bochner, $50

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Sugar Apple Candle by Piera Bochner, $63

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Italian Fruit Candles, $18-26

 

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Twist Candle by Lex Pott, $40

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Areaware Totem Candle by Grain, $20

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Crying Clover Candles, $40-82

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Hannah Female Figure Candle by Bonam Kim, $80

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Rope Beeswax Taper Candles, $28

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Multi-Band Candles by Mackenzie Childs, $13

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Hay Pillar Candle, $50

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Hay Taper Candles, available in October

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Fancy Taper Candles by The Floral Society, $24-38

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Haze Candle Set, $42

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13″ Tapers by Danica, $8 for 2

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Twisted Candle by Il Buco Vita, $28-85

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Pillar Candle by Black Blaze, $11.50

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Blazed Wax Dante candle, $45
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Blazed Wax Pillar Candle, $32

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Table for Two dinner Candles by Blazed Wax, $24

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Large Pillar candle by Blazed Wax, $40

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Etched Vase Candles by Esh Candle, $17

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Ombré Tapered Twirl by Esh Candle, $15 for a pair

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Pastel Swirl Candle by Esh Candle, $21

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Hex Taper Candles by Slow Burn, $18 for a pair

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Paleta and Kiwi Candles by Níle Candles, $34 for a pair
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Remember Places candle by Janie Korn, custom available upon request