Christmas time also means time for some candlelight! Especially in Scandinavia, we have a tradition for using a lot of candles during the winter season whether it is inside or outside, on the table or on the Christmas tree.
In preparation for Christmas, we have asked 5 of our designers to share some of their Christmas moments with us over the coming weeks. This week, we’ve spoken to Francis Cayouette who is the designer behind the Heima collection of candle holders.
The Heima 4-armed Candlestick works perfectly as an Advent wreath for Christmas. How do you decorate your home for Christmas?
I must admit that it is mostly Anne Marie, my wife and designer as well, who takes care of the Christmas decorations at home. BUT, Heima has a very special place and every year it is decorated in a new way for the Advent. I find the Scandinavian way of decorating for Christmas very unique and charming, with a lot of natural elements and calmness. I also really like when we combine modern elements with traditional elements decorations we inherited from our childhood and the generations before us.
Candlelight is a substantial part of the Christmas season. How do you use candles in your own home during Christmas?
At home we always use candlelight during Christmas. For example in Denmark there is a tradition to use the calendar light, where every morning through the month of December a calendar candle is turned on at the breakfast table. A very important ‘’count down’’ function when the kids were younger, but today it is still there as one of many Christmas traditions. In the afternoon and the evening we use both tea lights and candles which bring a lot of coziness, together with the wood stove we have in our living room. Also we light a new candle every Sunday throughout Advent.
Heima has been created for company and cozy atmospheres. What, in your opinion, is the best and most cozy thing about Christmas?
I have been living in Denmark for more than 15 years and being in Denmark at Christmas time is always very special. Even if the month of December is a very busy period, it is also a very nice month with a lot of get-togethers with friends and family. Also when Christmas arrives and the shops close on the 24th, I really enjoy some relaxing Christmas days, always with a lot of candlelight.
What are the main differences between the Canadian and Danish way of celebrating Christmas?
The celebration of Christmas itself is not so different. It’s time for family reunions, exchange presents and lots of food! But the Canadian Christmas season is a bit different. There is the snow, lots of outdoor activities like skating and skiing, and decorations are very much colorful and flashy, more like it’s time to get excited, compared to Denmark where it’s more a time to get cozy and relax… if you want it to be!
Lit candles are an important part of Christmas for Francis and his family. Here the Heima tealight holders are gathered to create a cozy winter feeling. Photo by Francis.
About the Heima collection:
Heima is a series of cast iron candlesticks designed by Francis Cayouette. The idea behind the design is to make a series of candles that creates company and time for coziness. The minimalist candlesticks are sculptural and make an elegant and stylish accompaniment to both modern and classic decors. A great feature of Heima is that the collection gives you the opportunity to mix and match the different candles according to your own style and needs.
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Stay tuned for next week where the design team Böttcher, Henssler, Kayser amongst other tells us about how they keep themselves warm during winter!