PRESSED BOROSILICATE GLASS - MAKING THE RAY CANDLE

There’s glass, and then there’s GLASS. The latter is what Gillander Glass has been producing for more than 155 years in Port Jervis, NY. What a find! They evolved from making decorative objects and glass shades for oil lamps to producing 50% of the glass components for airfield runway lights in the US.

This is true artisanal manufacturing at its best and watching the production process got the wheels turning (check out the photos here). We learned about the superior optical qualities of borosilicate glass (think telescope lenses) and fell in love with the bold jewel tones.

The RAY Candle was inspired by the optical clarity of this glass to reflect and project light on an airfield runway. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Gillander Glass and bringing the craft of making quality decorative products back to this factory.

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WOOL FELT & THE CRADLE SERVING TRIVET

We literally stumbled upon the American Felt and Filter Company, which happens to just be a few blocks from our studio in Newburgh, NY. It was quite an auspicious day. Being neighborly, we introduced ourselves and got a tour of this amazing factory. Since its inception in 1899, the company has been manufacturing felts of almost every kind and conceiving new ones when needed—our kind of company. They’re one of the last American felt suppliers who bring traditional craftsmanship to manufacturing and we immediately wanted to collaborate with them.

Wool felt is such an incredible material - both beautiful and functional. It’s easily adaptable, resilient, and can withstand extreme temperatures. The color options are only limited to your imagination and felt can be easily cut to form any shape without fraying. It’s truly a designer’s dream material! The CRADLE Serving Trivet is a combination of form, function and beauty. It’s inspired by a versatile material and an innovative manufacturer that helped the advancement of industrial design. The end result is a unique product designed to bring you lasting pleasure.

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