Candlesticks - lots of quirky ones out there
- The San Francisco Chronicle, 01/17/2009

Candlesticks are a staple of every wedding registry - a traditional gift for the home that too often screams, "I didn't know what you'd really like."

But candlesticks have a quirky side, too. And if you're buying presents for couples who love irreverent modern design, there are lots of options out there.

We particularly like those that turn the conventional candlestick inside-out, like the Abra Candelabra, created in 2008 by Alberto Mantilla and Anthony Baxter of New York design studio, Mint Inc. The Abra consists of a molded glass candlestick that has been fused to the inside of a hand-blown glass orb, resulting in a playfully topsy-turvy look. The Abra is available in clear and smoked glass, and comes in two sizes: The smaller version retails for about $45, while the larger is sold for about $67. It is carried by San Francisco retailers, SFMOMA (151 Third St., sfmoma.org) and Perch (654 Chenery St., perchsf.com).

If a hurricane lamp and a candlestick had a child, it would probably resemble the Pixie candle holder, sold by Crate & Barrel since spring 2008. Here, the candlestick is contained within a 3 1/4-inch-high cylinder, made of hand-blown, heat-resistant borosilicate glass. And with the Pixie's $9.95 price tag, you could even add in a package of tea candles, without exceeding a $15 budget.

So if that natural newlywed glow begins to fade, at least your friends will have the right kind of lighting on hand.

$45-$67 Abra Candelabra  

$9.95 Pixie candle holder