THE string lights are strung -- they are, aren't they? -- and now, here comes the mood lighting. Designers Adam Frank of New York and Sam Johnson of London channel the pre-Edison era with atmospheric candleholders. Frank's Lumen series casts shadows in the shapes of trees or birds, left. The pieces are made from die-cut brushed stainless steel and come with two ready-to-light oil containers ($48 total); they're at A + R in Silver Lake, (323) 913-9558; www.aplusrstore.com. Trees 1:50, Johnson's blackened brass tea light holder, throws a forest of winter firs on tabletops and walls ($25). It's from www.charlesandmarie.com (enter "trees" in the search feature). Stone Candles in Culver City has hurricanes, above right, made from crystalline wax and illuminated by liquid paraffin capsules that burn up to 50 hours ($20 to $60). For added drama, the custom candle factory also produces tall wax pillars with an interior platform for a liquid fuel cell (from $35). (310) 559-0133; www.stonecandles.net.
The mod menorah
With a nod to Pop artist Claes Oldenburg, Kathleen Walsh designed one mod menorah in the form of Last Match. "It was a challenge to design something so steeped in tradition using a secular approach," Walsh says. Her solution: Think simple and literal. Clear pine posts are topped with black or red porcelain vessels, each equipped with wicks that allow celebrants to re-create the origins of the menorah by burning oil. The 12-inch-high Last Match is $240 at Diva in Los Angeles, (310) 278-3191. For other stores, visit Walsh's website, www.walterialiving.com.
A one-of-a-kind sale
Handcrafted cuteness alert: Felt Club, the self-proclaimed "li'l craft fair that could," is expanding its monthly event for an extra large holiday edition with more than 70 vendors. Among the entries will be Lisa Arena, who crafts her Niceclutter collection of vases, magnets and candleholders from clay mosaics. By combining candy colors into what she describes as "sushi-type rolls," then slicing the clay and affixing the resulting tiles to glass containers, Arena creates pieces that glow like stained glass, right. The fair is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Ukrainian Cultural Center of Los Angeles, 4315 Melrose Ave. Vendor list: www.feltclub.com/holiday.php.
Charge up your patio
YLighting, one of the most adventurously stocked online lamp discounters, has begun importing a rechargeable tabletop lantern to brighten your outdoor decor. The Bruno Rainaldi-designed Orten'zia lamp ($246.50, shown here) is a petite orb about 5 inches in diameter, and it glows for up to seven hours on one charge. Nonrechargeable versions of the Italian design come as floor lamps and hanging pendants of various sizes. Call (866) 428-9289 or go to www.ylighting.com (search for Orten'zia).