Beyond Illumination: Crafting Ambience with Âncora
January 4, 2024
Âncora: A Sculptural Beacon of Intimacy and Ritual
Candles, with their gentle flickering flame, are the unheralded champions of ambience, silently transforming any space into a haven of warmth and comfort. From the dining to the living room, these radiant companions envelope every evening moment in a luminous aura, making ordinary spaces extraordinary. As they softly illuminate gatherings, they don't merely provide light but offer a heartfelt embrace, a sense of welcome, and the promise of serenity.
Designed by Porto-based designer Christian Haas, Âncora transcends the mundane. Its sand-cast aluminium, cool to the touch yet hefty with intention, embodies a duality: a simple twist transforms it, altering the height of the candle and inviting a play of light and shadow.
Here are some styling tips for the Âncora which will help your candles transcend mere illumination purposes into creating interiors that are the very essence of hospitality and well-being.
Styling Tip 1: Bathroom Bliss
Candles aren't just hosts of shared moments; they are also your perfect companions when you seek solace in your own company. In the hushed sanctuary of the bathroom, their glow becomes an incantation of self-care, inviting long soaks and mindful moments. This is where the Âncora truly comes alive.
Place the Âncora beside your bathtub, where its glow mingles with the steam, creating a spa-like haven. Let the gentle flicker cast dancing shadows on the ceiling, transforming your bathroom into a temple of tranquility.
“I believe in the powerful connection between the bathroom’s warm dim atmosphere, and my desire to wind down after a day in the studio. Âncora helps me set a soft, luminous glow in the bathroom and invites me to slow down and savor tranquility, encouraging extended moments to relax and make more time for myself.”
― Christian Haas, Designer of the Âncora
Styling Tip 2: Open Shelf Symphony
Starting a collection is an artful and intentional endeavor, one that entails filling up your self-expression canvas with objects that resonate with your style and sensibilities. Imagine open shelves adorning your walls, where you can curate an assemblage of cherished possessions, each revealing a part of your soul. Among these personal treasures, the Âncora candle holder can act as a visual anchor, seamlessly marrying purpose and aesthetics.
Christian Haas shares that in his home, every displayed object has been carefully selected and placed to create a harmonious narrative of his life at a particular juncture. The Âncora, when placed on a shelf amongst other meaningful objects, serves as a poetic punctuation to his eclectic indoor environment.
Introduce the Âncora candle holder into your home in a similar fashion and let it breathe poetry into your interiors alongside your other cherished treasures, turning your spaces into living stories.
Styling Tip 3: Curated Cosy Corners
Dare to build a microcosm of wonder on your coffee or side table, where elements playfully stack upon one another, revealing depth and character. Layer on natural textures by combining metal finishes with ceramics, linen, and wood to create tactile contrasts. The Âncora is a wonderful addition in this regard, the glint of its metallic finish awakens the eye, even in the daytime when candles do not yet need to be lit.
“Each piece I create invites you to find comfort and inspiration in your home. The Âncora candle holders are designed to be a cherished addition to a comfortable corner of your living room, especially on a winter's evening. The warm glow they emit offers a conducive atmosphere for quiet reflection, allowing you to immerse yourself in a good book or personal journal. In moments like these, I believe certain objects reveal their true significance and meaning.”
― Ricardo Valente, Master Craftsman of the Âncora
Styling Tip 4: Dinnertime Drama
Grace your dining table with the Âncora's sculptural and statuesque allure and elevate your tablescape. The soft embrace and warm glow of candlelight will melt away formality, drawing friends and family closer.
“I'm convinced that the choice of a candle holder on a dinner table holds the power to transform an ordinary gathering into an extraordinary experience. The warm and welcoming glow it provides is key to bringing people together, and fostering conversations that linger long after the meal. It's in the convergence of warmer, fewer light sources that we find the magic – an environment that not only engages but envelops, creating the perfect setting for meaningful connections among friends.”
― Gabriel Tan, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Origin Made