When Ted Muehling, the noted jewelry designer whose work is often inspired by nature, came across some beautifully turned Biedermeier candlesticks, he decided to try his hand at a modern-day equivalent. "But that sort of lathing looked too delicate to pull off," he says. "Then my friend Rhett Butler showed me his amazing new computerized lathe." Butler, a manufacturer of mostly custom-made hardware, was able to achieve the extraordinarily precise curves the designer was looking for. Muehling's bronze candlesticks ($240-$910 each), some finished in sterling silver, are remarkably graceful. Echoing classical forms by stacking egg and dart shapes on an inverted trumpet base, they come in 17 combinations; the more elongated ones seem to float magically in space. The candlesticks are hand-waxed in Butler's workshop, to acquire the warm patina Muehling prizes.
Ted Muehling, 27 Howard Street, New York; 212-431-3825.