Spilli, Cleo and Siluet

Client: Gaia & Gino

Sector: Product

Commission: 2013

Launch: 2013

These three candleholders for luxury interiors accessories brand Gaia & Gino see the studio combine the age-old ritual of eating by candlelight, with man’s inner desire to play. Shaped like tetris-blocks, the Spilli, Cleo and Siluet candleholders can be assembled by the user into an endless possibility of combinations, to create sculptural compositions on the tabletop.

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Inspired by the ancient game of Spillikans, it is made up of a series of identical polished aluminium bars, each one lying on its side and holding a single red candle. Each Spilli (Italian for pin) has a reassuring weight and can be used and displayed on its own. Grouped together, the design becomes both a game and a joyful reinterpretation of the traditional candelabra. From formally geometric to utterly chaotic, every assembly reflects the person who builds it. Spilli’s are machined from a solid billet of aluminium, polished to a bright mirror finish, and engraved and numbered as a limited edition of 25 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Conran Shop.