The candle-laden surtout de table is a collection of seven ‘towers’ fixed atop a hovering silver landscape which itself rests upon a hidden under-base of golden-polished pearwood. Perhaps reminiscent of an architectural utopia, each tower rises on a starburst pattern of silver blades and soft radii and is crowned by a flawless, mirror-polished silver disc, itself rising almost imperceptibly to catch and play with the candlelight emanating from its centre. The handmade shapes are a combination of spun, rolled, cast and hand-joined 958 Britannia silver (a rarely used and exceptionally pure silver standard). Cidade is lit with bespoke candles made of a custom beeswax formulation, and each candle is held within a removable silver bobèche whose perimeter edge and retreating wax is kept neatly hidden by a separate simple silver collar.
Cidade, by Edward Barber, Jay Osgerby, for Meta