I came across these fabulous Nagle candle holders from BMF in West Germany at a second hand store, all three of them for $2! These particular examples are the “Orion” series and quite rare. They were designed by Ceasar Stoffi and Fritz Nagel and manufactured by BMF (Bayerische Metallwaren Fabrik) during the 1960’s in West Germany.
You will actually find quite a number of design variations on these Nagel stackable candle holders, but most are chrome/metal but I have seen them done in brass, gold tone and even incorporating some wood. The individual pieces are based on a triangle formation and all are designed interconnect into a numerous different designs and sculptural shapes. You really can make them into some amazing shapes that look like complex metal molecule sculptures. They even have additional pieces like pedestals and bowls that can be used with the candle holders – like this grouping on a pedestal mount.
Skinny, tall, tapered candles were all the rage in the 1960s. Now not so much.
The only downside is it is very difficult to find the thin candles that fit these Nagel pieces and many other Scandinavian/Danish candle holders of the era. These super thin, long candles were the rage in the 1960’s and 1970’s and could be found everywhere. Now they are difficult to find and I haven’t been able to find any current or local manufacturers who produce them. (4/12/13 UPDATE: you can find the two types of thin tapered candles for these Nagel holders, and ones that work in the vintages Dansk candleholders, at http://www.candle4less.com/, and also through Amazon. Oddly enough the candles at Amazon are sold via candles4less but with shipping cost factored in it was cheaper to buy the candles via Amazon than direct from the company) So it was a bonus that these Nagel pieces came with two of the thin candles.
One of the greatest things about these is they are perfectly weighted and balanced so many of the various formations you create remain stable, even when you leave one of the holders hanging in midair. It’s really fun to see the different formation you can create and it makes them perfect for just about any space since you can build to suit any size space.
If anyone out there know where you can find the thin candles at a decent price please let me know.