Stylist Stacy Kunstel and her partner, photographer Michael Partenio, began designing candelabras three summers ago after discovering one on a shoot. Using a woodworking technique known as turning, artisans transform maple and oak into pieces that the duo assembles and sand into shape. Professional painters make each to order in lacquered shades like Cap Ferrat Bleu and No Scurvy Yellow. The duo then polish, wire, and sign each piece.
An Eye to the Past
Whether it’s a candelabra, sconce, floor lamp, or table, Stacy connects each and every piece to objects from the past, like spindles. “I’m inspired by anything that’s rooted in history,” she says. “We put a lot of ourselves into our pieces, not only because we dreamed them up and made them, but because we pack them up ourselves to make sure they’re perfect.” A few go straight to her table where she uses them each night while eating with her family.