At Remodelista we’re ever on the lookout for menorahs of distinction. What we’re hoping to find are designs that do the trick at Hanukkah, and that we’d want to put to use as candleholders throughout the year. Until recently, that was a tall order. Enter the handmade movement: of late a number of creative studios have been contributing to the cause. Here are this year’s eight standouts.
Above: From her Camden, Maine, studio, Ariela Nomi Kuh of ANK Ceramics makes tableware and a line of menorahs in editions of one, no two alike. They’re priced from $200 to $300 and tend to sell out—watch her Instagram feed @A_N_K_Ceramics for news of the next batch. Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Virginia Sin describes her Stacke Menorah as “sleek and brutalist.” She makes it in black and in speckled white stoneware; $110. Above: From Judaica Standard Time, a startup that “explores the space between faith and design”: the JST X Ank Ceramics Menorah is one of a kind in a glaze called Sparrow; $300. Above: West Elm’s Keraclay Menorah, $68, is made of freestanding speckled clay candleholders by Brooklyn ceramic artist Virginia Felix. There are eight pieces of the same size and a larger shamash, the “helper” candle that gets lit first. Above: Abroad Modern’s Blue on White Modular Menorah, $275, is by Tel Aviv-based ceramic artist Maiyan Ben Yona. The nine pieces are hand-patterned, slip-cast porcelain that can be arranged in countless ways. Above: The Citizenry’s made-in-Guatemala Tikal Wood Menorah, $250, is another freestanding ensemble. Above: Via Maris’s steel Trace Chanukiah, $155, comes in Midnight and four other colors. See more from the company in The Modern Menorah and Other Uncommonly Chic Judaica. Above: Spotted on Instagram, artist/textile designer Lena Corwin’s DIY Found Object Menorah. For a tour of her Craftsman-style family home in SF’s Outer Sunset, go to Bohemian Restraint.
Here are some more of our favorite menorahs and other candleholders: