Like Casper the friendly ghost, my paranormal candelabra by British designer John Russel seems to bring a spirit of lightness wherever it is found. I bought it several years ago at the Design Supermarket in La Rinascente, Milan’s venerable 150 year-old department store within the shadow of the Duomo. A floor of shop-in-shops dedicated to design, the “supermarket” showcases Italian design institutions like Alessi and Nespresso but also includes up and coming designers from around the world.
Here you’ll find lighting, technological gadgets, office accessories, kitchen and tableware starting with objects that are surprisingly reasonable in price, making the store the perfect place for a little souvenir to bring Italy home. Russel’s ethereal candelabra made of flat fluorescent acrylic panels etched with a classic candelabra form seems to float in thin air making it perfect for my Halloween table.