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There is so much to write about our new design, Seraphina, but I’m going to let the beauty of the design speak for itself.  Designed by Robyn Macready for our ISCD design collaboration in 2013, we’re delighted to finally share this stunning design.

The design is art deco inspired with the inner plumage of the wing designed to resemble a colony of bees.  I loved this design from the minute I saw it not just because I think it is fantastic design work, but the design itself speaks on so many levels.

With no further ado, I present you… Seraphina. [Seraphina is a feminine derivation of the word Seraphim meaning “fiery ones”… apt really!]

Seraphim art deco wing design in bronze on pure beeswax hand rolled pillar candle Queen B

Seraphina (L -> R 15cm medium, 10cm medium, 20cm fat)

 

Art deco bronze wing design on hand rolled beeswax pillar candle from Queen B

Seraphina – 10cm medium

 

Natural bees wax pillar candle with bronze art deco wing design

Seraphina – 20cm fat

Seraphina is available in 5 sizes:
– 1ocm narrow (10cm H x 6cm W)
– 15cm narrow (15cm H x 6cm W)
– 10cm medium (10cm H x 9cm W)
– 15cm medium (15cm H x 9cm W)
– 20cm fat (20cm H x 11cm W)

If you voted in 2013, you may have noticed that we changed the colour?  We’ve been testing different colours all year and it wasn’t until we tried the bronze that I felt the design came to life.  What do you think of our choice?

Hoping you love it as much as we do!

Cate xx

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Wow!  What an amazing response.  Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote.  Turns out you’re a clever bunch agreeing entirely with the eminent judging panel and also picking my other favourite!  Yes, that’s right, we’re going to be launching 2 new designs.

The winner of the design competition is Nectar by Bec Cooper.  We’ll be announcing the launch date and the chosen colour/s within the next couple of weeks.

Designer beeswax candles - who thought non toxic could look so good

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White

 

We’ve chosen “DC”‘s comment as the winning comment – “Nectar! The design holds my gaze and changes as I look at it — rather like a flickering candle flame does. It contains tumbling cubes, snowflakes, and honeycomb-like hexagons.”

This year voting was incredibly tight and interestingly there were different, clear winners depending on where the voting happened.  The other clear favourite was Lily by Melissa Nalder, so we’re planning a launch for that too!

ISCD Queen B design collaboration - bringing designer values to beeswax candles

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White

 

We’ll be making launch date and colour announcements shortly.  A big thank you again to design luminaries, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy for their time and sharing their expertise and insight in judging this year’s finalists.  I have found it rare to meet people so talented and successful who are so down to earth, generous and caring.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.  It is only with your feedback and involvement that Queen B can continue to create light that is loved by the community we seek to serve.

Cate xx

 

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your eyes (and opinion)…

This is the second year of our collaboration with the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD) and the submissions for our design competition have been fantastic.  So fantastic our judging panel – Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and myself – were divided.  With a 2:1 split we’ve voted (and a judging panel winner has been picked) but ultimately the vote that counts the most to me is the vote from you as one of our tribe.

Hopefully being given a voice is enough to encourage you to vote, but we’re adding an incentive.  We’ll be picking a winner from all the comments posted on our blog, Facebook & Instagram who will get a pack of candles in the design chosen for us to add to our range.  Consisting of a 10cm medium, 15cm medium and 20cm fat hand-rolled pillar candle the pack is valued at over $200.  Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, 7th November 2014 with the winner (both the design and the commenter!) announced on Monday, 10th November 2014.

Following are the chosen finalists (from 23 designs submitted) – in alphabetical order!  We’re also, for the first time, considering whether to offer the design in the 3 colours chosen by the designer (each height will be one colour) or whether to continue with how we do all of our existing designs which is that all sizes come in the one colour.

To be in the running for the prize pack, write a note in the comments field below telling us:
– which is your favourite design and why
– your favourite colour (of the 3 shown) or whether you think we should offer it in all 3 colours shown

Which design is simply so stunning that you’d have to have it (or that you’d have to get it for someone special in your life)?!  Ultimately the ‘best’ design is the design that people will buy because that is the only way that we achieve our goals of lighting up lives, supporting Australian beekeepers, developing artisan skills and ensuring that if you’re burning candles, you’re burning pure beeswax candles!

ISCD surface design pure beeswax candles Queen B interior design collaboration

Beaded – Old Gold, Indigo and/or Hemlock?

 

ISCD surface design collaboration with Queen B - design focused pure beeswax candles

Celebration – Burnt Orange, Spring Green, Powder Blue

 

ISCD Queen B design collaboration - bringing designer values to beeswax candles

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White

 

Designer beeswax candles - who thought non toxic could look so good

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White

 

Design collaboration ISCD and Queen B - beautiful and functional beeswax candles

Spring – Morning Glory, Magneta, White

 

Non toxic candles for the stylish home - collaboration ISCD and Queen B pure beeswax candles

Windsor – Gold, Silver, Copper

 

 

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One of the exciting things we’ve been working on this year is a collaboration with the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD) with each of the students in the Surface Design course coming up with a potential new design for our rolled beeswax pillars.

The first batch of designs are in.
We’re spoiled for choice and we need your feedback.

We’re potentially launching 2 new designs… depending on your feedback.  The first design we’ll be launching was chosen by a judging panel consisting of Louise Olsen (Dinosaur Designs), Deb Bibby (editor of Real Living magazine), Jodie Warters (Surface Design teacher, ISCD) and me.  The winner will be announced (and profiled) in the Christmas issue of Real Living magazine (on sale on 11th November).

Our potential second design will depend on your feedback.  For me, there was at least one other design crying out to be part of the Queen B range.  But ultimately the success of any new product is completely dependent upon having customers that love it.  Please be opinionated, it will only take a second – you can comment below or comment on our Facebook page.  I’ll be picking one entry to win a prize pack valued at over $350 (that’s 1 in every size of the new design & a pack of Jam Jar Tealights because they’re gorgeous).  The winning comment will be picked on Sunday, 3rd November @ 5pm and my decision is final!

Vote loud.  Vote long.  Vote strong.
Here’s your chance to shake off the shackles of your day to day life and be a product designer for a minute… and you’ll have my heartfelt gratitude too.

Here’s the line up (and following is a closer up photograph of each design).

Rolled beeswax pillar candles ISCD Surface Design competition line up

Please be opinionated – tell us which is your favourite design and why (click on the image to see a larger version)

In no particular order, the designs are as follows:

Natural Threads surface design by ISCD studen for Queen B candles

“Natural Threads”

Starry Night surface design by ISCD student for Queen B candles

“Starry Night”

Art deco sunburst surface design by ISCD student for Queen B candles

“Sunburst”

Tribal surface design by ISCD student for Queen B candles

“Tribe”

Pollen surface design by ISCD student for Queen B candles

“Pollen”

Wings surface design by ISCD student for Queen B candles

“Angel Wings”

Fez Lantern surface design by ISCD student for Queen B beeswax candles

“Fez Lantern”

Bedelia surface design by ISCD student for Queen B beeswax candles

“Bedelia”

Diamonds surface design by ISCD student for Queen B beeswax candles

“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

A very big thank you also to Louise Olsen, Deb Bibby and Jodie Warters for being on the ‘pro’s’ judging panel and sharing their time and expertise.  It was a privilege.  And it heralded a whole rethink about Queen B and what we do.

Surface Design judging panel for Queen B rolled beeswax pillar candle 2013 design

The Judges – Jodie Warters (ISCD), Louise Olsen (Dinosaur Designs), Me, Deb Bibby (Real Living Magazine)

Thanks for being part of this journey with me.  There is no Queen B without our customers.  It is you who ultimately keep our dream alive with the choices you make.

Cate xx

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