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  • And the winner is...

    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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  • We need your opinion to help us pick our new design

    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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  • Launch of Dinosaur Designs Atelier range of Queen B candles

    A creative collaboration is in some ways like giving birth (although the pain is rather more cerebral!)... you have to find the right partner, with similar values.  It's best if you each bring different, although compatible, strengths to the relationship.  There's a process of getting to know one another and, if it is a good partnership, the alchemy where 1+1=3.  You get better at it with time.  And then you decide to create something that is in and of your joint DNA, that hopefully you'll love (!!!).  I guess that's where I'll leave the analogy because it the product world there is also the process of rejecting things you don't like along the way and trial and error and, well, that's just a conversation we don't need to have on a beeswax candle blog!

    Which brings me to the point of this post which is the announcement of our new Dinosaur Designs Atelier range - a joint collaboration with Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the talented duo behind Dinosaur Designs.

     

    dinosaur designs atelier range of Queen B candles - individually hand made in Australia Dinosaur Designs Atelier range of pure beeswax candles from Queen B

     

    Atelier is the French word for "workshop", and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices worked together producing pieces released in the master's name.

    Building on last year's two designs - Totem and Boulders - this year they came up with 3 new designs in the Atelier range.  We clearly used up all the creativity on the design and making process and they're simply titled "Blue, Red & Yellow"!!

    Beautiful to mix and match in a cluster, or as you can see below just as stunning on it's own... or with a honeycomb pillar.

    You can only imagine the hardship I went through having to do testing...

     

    dinosaur designs collaboration with queen B - hand made beeswax candles Atelier Blue - testing!

     

    The candles are part of a larger Atelier range from Dinosaur Designs covering an entire range of homewares and jewellery.  To see the full Atelier range (including the candles), head to your nearest Dinosaur Designs stores (including London and New York).  Or, you can find an extensive range of Queen B candles (including the Dinosaur Designs candles) at Make Designed Objects in Carlton and, of course, you can see them at Queen B's Hive in Brookvale.  We've all got them available online.

    We'd love to hear your thoughts.

    Cate xx

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