ADJUST PHOTOS & RELIST-Dansk Black Iron Candle Holders by Borje Rajalin Two Pair

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DATE: Circa




Design with Light






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I love these Dansk candle holders! And the research finding out about them  has made me love them even more. These two pair of candle holders are two styles of three that were designed by Borje Rajalin rather than Jens Quistgaard for the black iron “Design with Light” series of Dansk candle holders. One pair is comprised of a circle made up of a series of eight round cups with a spike in the middle of the bottom of each cup to form legs and a spike in the middle of the top of each to accept a slim taper candle with a hole in the bottom made just for these candle holders. We do have a box of eight candles we will include with this set. This pair are named Circlet item 1762. They are marked with Dansk and the IBR indicating Borje Rajalin. The second pair is comprised of four arches which connect in the center to form a round holder. These holders only accept a very slender taper also made specifically for them of which we will include a box of 16 used candles. This holder is names Fiesta #1702. Quistgaard, when designing the first candle holders, found he also had to design and have Dansk make the candles. This just shows the completeness and detail of the Dansk designs.

Borje Bernhard Rajalin was born in Helsinki in 1933. He is a Finnish artist, industrial designer, and silversmith. He is a graduate of the School of Art and Design and worked many years as the head of its metal art department. He also worked many years as the Chief Designer of Kalevala Koru Jewelry. He won many awards over the years for his designs. But his most significant design was a collaboration with Antti Nurmesnieme on the Helsinki Metro. It has been said the metro is as beautiful as a jewel. Three candle holders for the Dansk “Design with Light” series are among his list of successful and beautiful designs.

Contrary to popular belief, Dansk Designs is an American company not Danish. Founded in 1954 by Martha and Ted Nierenberg who traveled to Europe in search of new products to bring to the U.S. post war audience who were ready for a change from the formal lives they had been living and ready to embrace a more modern and simple way. The Scandinavian Modern Designs fit that bill perfectly. And the Nierenbergs engaged Jens Harald Quistgaard to help them accomplish this task. And that they did. It’s been said that Ted and Jens made one good industrial designer. Jens with his beautiful designs and Ted with knowing how they had to be made to be affordable. Dansk Designs was purchased in 1985 by Dansk Acquisition Corp initiated by Goldman Sachs. Then in 1991 it was purchased by Brown-Forman Corporation’s Lenox division. 2009 brought the most recent change when it was all purchased and renamed Lenox Corporation. Currently Dansk operates as a brand of Lenox and still makes beautiful wares. But it is its vintage pieces which are most sought after today.

Either one of these pair of candle holders will look fabulous on your table but both sets together would look exceptional. You know you love them. Make them yours.


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Handsome Dansk candle holders in the typical black iron finish. Both these pairs were designed by Borje Rajalin. They are in fabulous vintage condition. The Fiesta pair even has their original boxes. They are priced per pair. Circa 1960s.

Candle Holders #1 Circlet:

  • Height – 3 Inches
  • Diameter – 7.75 Inches
  • Weight – 1.5 Pounds Each


Boxed Size:

  • Height – 11 Inches
  • Width – 11 Inches
  • Depth – 11 Inches
  • Weight – 4.5 Pounds


Candle Holders #2 Fiesta:

  • Height – 3 Inches
  • Diameter – 4.5 Inches
  • Weight – .6 Pounds Each


Boxed Size:

  • Height – 8 Inches
  • Width – 8 Inches
  • Depth – 8 Inches
  • Weight – 2 Pounds


Boxed Size Both Sets:

  • Height – 19 Inches
  • Width – 12 Inches
  • Depth – 12 Inches
  • Weight – 8 Pounds


We ask that the buyer cover freight.

100 MILES OR LESS OF 66607
White Glove, Blanket-wrapped Est. Delivery: 5 biz days


Pickup at 414 SE 2nd St.
Call us at 232.8008 to schedule


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