We're admiring the current crop of menorahs that are not only modern in form, but add a note of glamour, too. In time for the first day of Hanukkah (this year, it's December 16), here are five favorites:
Above: From San Francisco kitchen emporium March, the MARCH Brass Menorah consists of nine individual candle holders and a matching tray (not shown) made from high polished brass, $2,500. The design is also available in Patinated Steel in a black or shiny silver finish with a tray, $2,000.
Above: The Ascalon Menorah with Candles is made from solid Carrara marble and has eight candleholders to correspond with the eight days of Hanukkah and one shamash (the candle used to light the others) on a different level. Left and right diagonals in the design create an 18-degree angle, which designer Brad Ascalon points out references the fact that in Judaism, the number 18 symbolizes chai or life. Available from Design Within Reach, it's currently on sale for $233.75 (regular price: $275), and includes 45 hand-dipped, 6-inch white candles.
Above: Make your own menorah using Fort Standard's simple geometric Marble Candleholders that can be easily stacked to create candles of different heights. They're available in black or white circles, pentagrams, and hexagrams and have a leather bottom that keeps them from scratching tabletops; $42 each.
Above: The Nick and the Candlestick by Lindsey Adelman was inspired by antique brass weights and named after a Sylvia Plath poem. It has nine brass holders at varying heights that rest on a walnut tray; candles are inserted onto spikes, so they appear to float. The design is available from Matter for $1,905.
For a more traditional looking menorah, check out a perennial favorite: Josh Owen's Menorah for Areaware.
This post is an update; it originally appeared in November 2013 as part of our Giving Thanks issue.