Lighting up the onion canister

Last year, when Bjørn Wiinblad Denmark launched the charismatic “Flower Head”, this represented a step towards a more minimalist look for Wiinblad’s familiar universe

Throughout his life, Bjørn Wiinblad worked according to the artistic mantra that there was no object so insignificant or unglamorous that it could not be embellished and beautified.

As far as he was concerned, the approach was the same, regardless of whether the project was biscuit tins, poster art or porcelain for the Shah of Persia – and his democratic approach to design has made the onion canister one of the best-known and most coveted Wiinblad designs today.

The onion canister was originally one of the most overlooked everyday heroes of the kitchen, keeping the light out and keeping the vegetable fresh, but Wiinblad’s interpretation opens up the onion canister to completely different, elevated purposes with its slender oriental neck and elaborate decoration, making it a highly desirable collector’s item.

With this in mind, Bjørn Wiinblad Denmark is now launching an alternative rendition of the tea light holder for 2018, based on the archetypal style of the onion canister but, contrary to its original purpose, flooding its surroundings with light through its delicately cut out floral reliefs.

Filled with light, not onions
Converting Wiinblad’s iconic onion canister into lanterns is literally a bright idea – and Wiinblad would undoubtedly have approved. He frequently hosted purely candle-lit dinner parties, and this spring’s new tea light design provides ample opportunity to brighten things up, both indoors and outdoors.

The tea light holders are available in two different sizes, for both block candles and tea lights, and look magnificent in decorative clusters, beaming light into the room with a cosy aura. The biggest tea light holder is in two parts, where the top lifts off to light the block candle, and both the small and the large “onion lamps” are decorated with grey floral motifs and cut-out, stylised flowers, for a contemporary, graphic look.

There is another new item for this spring’s floral festival of light – the Flowerhead Tea Light Holder. There are two different versions of the Flowerhead design and, just like its sister-design, it is sprinkled with decorative holes, in the shape of flowers and leaves. The embellishment comes from Wiinblad’s distinctive illustrations of women with almond-shaped eyes and imaginative hairstyles with floral embellishments

As a celebration of Wiinblad’s characteristic artistic manner, the smallest Flowerhead tea light holder is decorated with a woman’s face, smiling discreetly, spreading light and a cosy atmosphere on the table.

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