Modular Incense Holder

19.4 oz / 550 g

A hand-polished stainless steel modular incense holder designed in collaboration with Charlap Hyman & Herrero. A weighted plate of steel is suspended delicately by three interchangeable spheres. The largest sphere includes three cavities for the option to burn up to three incense sticks at once. The ‘shard’ shape and high polish of the plate evoke a piece of broken mirror, almost in contradiction to the impermeable stainless steel material it is made out of. The mirrored finish of the piece allows the objects to disappear in a spectacular way; at the same time reflecting back the stillness of the room, tranquility of the mind, and the soft spirit of the burning incense. Due to the hand-made nature of this piece, minor imperfections may occur.

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Three interchangeable spheres provide the owner an opportunity to arrange as desired, encouraging a meditative mindset. The largest sphere includes three cavities so that one can arrange incense sticks in the Shin-Soe-Hikae placements found in Sogetsu Ikebana. In an attempt to remove the hand of the designer, Charlap Hyman & Herrero developed an algorithm to fracture and break the outline of the plate.

Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Charlap Hyman & Herrero is a Los Angeles / New York-based architecture and design firm that takes a fully integrated approach to conceptualizing and executing spaces in their totality. Principals Adam Charlap Hyman and Andre Herrero lead a practice that works in various typologies – including buildings, set designs, stores, and houses. CHH endeavors to consider divergent art forms and the experiences of multiple senses. They aim to create spaces that become worlds unto themselves, with gesamtkunstwerk at the core of the firm’s objective.

How to Use

Arrange the 3 spheres as you please to hold the sheet of steel confidently. Light one to three incense sticks and place them in the cavities of the largest sphere.

As you light your incense take three deep breaths, counting each, allowing the process to calm your mind. Place your incense in its holder and close your eyes, feel the weight of your body where it meets the ground. Embrace the natural rhythm of your breathing and take this moment to listen to the incense.

To clean your incense holder carefully remove the largest sphere while supporting the steel sheet with your other hand. Simply allow the remains from the burned incense to fall through the cavities of the sphere before returning it to support the steel plate. Wipe away ash with a dry cloth.

OEM + Charlap Hyman & Herrero Incense Holder
OEM + Charlap Hyman & Herrero Incense Holder