16 March 2020
The Barcelona Design and the Crafts Museum of the Generalitat de Catalunya have selected two pieces from Cerabella to be exhibited, along with those of other renowned designers such as Manuel Pertegaz or Martín Azúa, in the tile and crafts exhibition: Contemporary Artisan Proposals.
Atmosphère and Stabilo by André Ricard are the two collections chosen by the Design museum of Barcelona to represent the profession of chandler today. Two different collections that show the two sides of this exhibition: crafts and design.
This exhibition aims to raise awareness through artisan products and tiles, the way in which current design has been nurturing traditional crafts to create their own products, as well as artisan objects have also evolved including design nuances in them. In addition, the two pieces selected to exhibit will remain to form part of the museum’s collection.
3 April 2016
The BAS Festival, Bilbao’s Sacred Art Festival, took place in this city during 5 days and we had the great fortune to get Cerabella’s candles to take part in the light installation held in the Museo Diocesano‘s cloisters. This experience blended music, light and scents in a unique sensorial show which included Garbiñe Abendaño (soprano) and Doniene Choir performing sacred music from the Middle Age. We hope the images below comfort us for not having been there in person…
14 March 2015
The history of wax is full of symbolism.
As candlemakers we have the fortune of making a product whose value is usually enriched by the significance that people gives to candles once they are lit: from the wishes that will come true when blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, to the countdown to Christmas of the candles in an Advent crown.
Since ancient times, one of the most common meanings related to wax was the sense of gratitude offerings operated by the ex-votos.
In Cerabella, we have recovered the 1862 moulds of our original ex-votos to make these wax sculptures that bring to nowadays home interiors such a visual strenght:
23 November 2014
Chairs, sculptures, candleholders and almost 50 paintings make up this new exhibition by Oscar Tusquets at Galeria Ignacio de Lassaletta in Barcelona.
Until January 31st, you can visit Eros and Thanatos and make an approach to the vast universe of this multitalented architect with whom Cerabella has had the privilege to collaborate in several occasions: from the design of a candle to the installation of a urban garden in the city of Bilbao. Not to be missed!
3 August 2014
“In order to bleach the wax, it is purified by melting, cleaning and exposing it to air and dew (…) “*
We love this part of our job that connects us with the ancient know-how of the art of candlemaking. A craftsmanship where each piece is unique, made by hand by one person and created for one person.
A look over Chambers’ Cyclopaedia (1680-1740) or Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopédie*(1751-1772), discovers methods that have reached our times explained generation after generation. Maybe today the wax is not bleach by dew, but the essence of candlemaking remains.
31 May 2014
Inclassifiable artist Nuria Mora ‘s house is featured in Elle Decor Spain last issue. There we have discovered that her exquisite taste for colour defintively spreads further from her artwork.Multifaceted artist, Nuria has exhibited her works in renowned museums such as Tate Modern and the Miró Foundation. Although her collaborations include brands such as Loewe, Sybilla, El País and Cirque du Soleil, her art mostly beautifies the city street walls with colorful murals on geometry and Nature.
Although strongly related to Street Art, her creations go beyond tendences. She works on any kind of surface, from walls to glass or paper and she uses a wide range of techniques such as watercolours, gouache or light projections.
Nuria Mora’s delicious project for Cerabella Arts&Scents collection was Oriental: a 100% vegetal wax scented candle in a vase she decorated with a gold subtle vegetal pattern. The fragrance she chose for this candle evoques an Oriental journey with warm patchouli notes, vainilla orchid hints and a touch of musk. You must burn it to just experience it!
Talking about her language, Rafael Schacter says “Nuria’s work gives a freedom from the everyday noise, a moment of balance within the city, another way of imagining our surroundings”.
This is such a truth!
16 March 2014
La memoria del espejo. Convent de Sant Agustí, 7th-9th February 2014 Barcelona:
The Lupercales collective uses architectural lighting to create, to make us think and to transform the city. La memoria del espejo has been their last light intervention and, as usual, candles have had an active role in the experience.
Here you will find a selection of images of their last action as well as some pictures from older installations to get to know better their interesting work. Lupercales blog is really worth a visit!
Santa Madrona, 1st June 2013, Barcelona. Fem Raval Festival :
¡Luz, Plaza, Acción! June 2013, Lavapiés, Madrid:
Rubio i LLuch, 11th-15th February 2013, Biblioteca General de Catalunya, Raval, Barcelona:
All photos are by Alvaro Valdecantos.
8 December 2013
Can you imagine the scent of a drawing?
On the white surface, a delicate couple wanders among the trees. Meanwhile in the wood, there are hunting scenes with horses surrounded by birds and flowers of all kind. What is the fragance of this forest made out of ink?
For Cerabella’s Arts& Scents collection, we wished to turn into a candle the perfumes inspired by the illustrations of several outstanding artists. The genius of La Casita de Wendy created this piece bursting with poetry and natural wood scents.
This Forest Scented Candle is 100% made of vegetal wax and it is scented with cedar, resin and a hint of pine and rosemary leaves. During its 50 hours of burning time, the flame illuminates the glass and the illustrated forest comes to live as in a shadow play .
Inés Aguilar and Iván Martínez are the Madrid fashion designers behind La Casita de Wendy. Besides their collections and their teaching in Fashion Schools, they have taken part in several exhibitons such as “Pasión, diseño español” (Berlin, Wien, Salamanca) or “La Moda Española, tras el espejo” at the Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid and they are now collaborating with Brianda Fitz-James Stuart in different creative projects. Their creations are sold all over the world and they are known for an exquisite colour palette and the contrasted shapes and patterns that they design. Passionate and inspired by music, Nature and tales, imagination is their most essential tool. This candle is such a good example of it all!
17 November 2013
‘Cutting Edge Spanish Crafts. Innovation and design in contemporary craft industries‘, the book by the design journalist Tachy Mora, has turned into an exhibition.
What do have in common leading firms like Loewe and Lladró with individual craftsmen as the ceramicist Xavier Manyosa or the jeweler Enric Majoral? And a handmade carpet company as La Alpujarreña from Granada with La Granja Royal Glass Factory in Segovia? Or a candles firm like Cerabella with a lighting company as LZF Lamps?
According to Tachy Mora, all of them, each in their own way, share the determination to handcraft its products, providing them with a high-quality touch, sublime delicacy and creativity through a strong commitment to contemporary design.
Their stories and pieces, along with a representative set of artisans, designers, corporations, big companies, crafts industries or collaborative projects, are part of the exhibition ‘Artesanía Española de Vanguardia, Innovación y Diseño‘ -Cutting Edge Spanish Crafts, Innovation and Design-, which opened last 14th November in Madrid.
Powered by Fundación EOI – Fundesarte, the exhibition is a second round of the eponymous book ‘Cutting Edge Spanish Crafts‘, published in 2011 by Lunwerg in Spanish and English. Also promoted by Fundesarte, the book is a publication with an innovative approach that reveals the most contemporary side of Spanish Crafts, its interaction with the design field and the interesting harmony emerged between the two areas, in an incipient way at that time.
In just two years, the field of contemporary crafts has experienced spectacular growth, a global trend and unstoppable development that is crystallizing in Spain at high speed. The exhibition has been curated by the author, the design journalist Tachy Mora and aims to celebrate the rise of this phenomenon with a large show of 90 pieces and nearly 600 sqm in CentroCentro, one of the most outstanding spaces in the Madrid cultural scene, close to El Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums.
Among other pieces, the visitor will find a selection of Cerabella’s design candles such as the collections by Sybilla or the candles by Jordi Labanda. So honoured to be there!
(Exhibition photos:Fundación EOI – Fundesarte)