I have been keeping an eye out for these funky vintage interlocking candleholders during my fleamarket and thrifting excursions in recent months. Pictured above, these were manufactured in Germany by BMF and designed by Fritz Nagel and Ceasar Stoffi around the mid 60s, and were popular into the 70s. The appeal is pretty obvious: they can be stacked and expanded with each new interlocking unit you add and look like a fusion of sculpture and functional object.They’re also the perfect thing to offset the lines of vintage modern furniture, so if you’ve got a teak sideboard that requires a bit of visual oomph, here you go.
These pop up regularly at fleamarkets here (which is where you’ll get the best prices for them; unlike German pottery of the period, plenty of German retro design lovers collect these too.) If a trip to Germany isn’t on the cards but you’d like a set anyway, add “BMF/Nagel” to your ebay search repertoire and don’t discount German sellers-if they list “Versand: Weltweit”, they’re more than likely willing to ship to you.