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Josef Frank designed Vänskapsknuten (the Knot of Friendship) as a symbol of friendship and peace at a time when Europe was filled with turmoil. The very first sketch of the candelabra dates back to 1938, just a year before the outbreak of the Second World War. Today the Knot of Friendship has become an iconic object in Svenskt Tenn’s range. In 2018, after a careful assessment of Josef Frank’s original drawing, the candelabra regained its original form from 1938.
Josef Frank grew up in Vienna and studied architecture at Konstgewerbeschule. In the 1920s he designed housing estates and large residential blocks built around common courtyards in a Vienna with severe housing shortages. In 1925 he started the Haus & Garten interior firm together with architect colleagues Oskar Wlach and Walther Sobotka. Svenskt Tenn hired Josef Frank in 1934 and just a few years later he and Estrid Ericson made their international breakthrough. Although he was already 50 when he left the burgeoning Nazism in Vienna for Sweden, Frank is considered one of Sweden’s most important designers. Read more
Unpolished brass will become darker over time from exposure to air. This change can be beautiful. If the surface is affected by water, grease such as fingerprints and candle wax, or by other corroding substances, it can eventually be damaged and more difficult to polish away. This can happen especially in a humid environment.
Clean the surface with a soft cloth. For a deeper cleaning we recommend a gentle, non-abrasive brass polish. Avoid using brushes, steel wool, polishing cloths, sponges and the like since the surface of brass is sensitive to objects that can scratch. Also avoid lengthy contact with oxides that can cause permanent damage. To avoid water damage, keep surfaces dry with a soft cloth.
Never leave candles unattended and make sure to blow them out before they reach the candle holder. Keep in mind that some surfaces may be extra sensitive to heat. Take extra caution if you are unsure of the qualities of the table top.
Sustainability and manufacturing
Brass consists of 65 per cent copper and 35 per cent zinc. For a long time, some have called it “poor man’s gold”. The majority of Svenskt Tenn’s brass products are made at Humstorp metal workshop in Västergötland, largely from recycled brass. At Humstorp, they are constantly working to choose the most environmentally friendly alternatives by collaborating with as local suppliers as possible. In the manufacturing process, the waste is minimized, and the scrap metal that is left over is sent for recycling. An own solar installation provide about 40 percent of the factory's electricity consumption.
The production of the well-known and widely loved candle holder takes place at Humstorp Metal in Västergötland. Here, a part of Svenskt Tenn's pewter and brass range is manufactured; creations that require a thorough methodology and great craftsmanship.
When Vänskapsknuten takes its form, the manufacturing process begins with the brass rods. These are supplied in lengths of four meters and therefore need to be sawn, drilled and threaded. They are then polished before they are bent to the correct shape. The finished branches are attached to the centre by silver soldering, before the whole candlestick is polished; a work performed by three people at once. The candlestick is then hand polished to access all angles.
In parallel with this work, other details are manufactured. The rings around the candle holders are punched out with a tool in two steps before being polished. The candle holders are cut out of tubes and soldered together with a plate at the bottom. Then it is time for polishing and quality inspection. When all details are approved, the candle holder is assembled and packaged. During the production process, the entire company is involved in various steps, which means that a total of eight people are involved.
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.
Decorate with Candles
Candlesticks and candle holders are appreciated decoration details that bring warmth and spread a soft glow in the room.
Collect in storeFree
Delivery within 1-2 working days. You will receive a text-message when you can pick up your goods at Strandvägen 5, Stockholm.
Delivery point105 SEK
Delivery within 1-3 working days.
Home delivery179 SEK
Delivery within 1-3 working days.
Delivery times and shipping costs are estimated. Actual times and prices are shown at checkout.
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Return & Exchange
30 day right to return
You are always entitled to return your item(s) within 30 days from the time of receiving your order. To exercise the right of return within the timeframe, you can contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service and notify them. If the payment has been made via Klarna invoice, you can log in directly to Klarna, report your return and the payment will be paused.
30 day right to exchange
You have the right to exchange the item(s) for something else in the range within 30 days of placing your order. Send it back and place a new order on svenskttenn.se. Please pack the item in its original packaging along with the receipt.
You are responsible for shipping costs when you use the right of exchange and return. Right of exchange and return do not apply to textiles purchased by the meter or made to ordered items. If you want to exchange or return in-stock furniture, please contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service.