Sustainable Candles, Adorned with Picasso Paintings

By Zoe Ruffner For the New York Times

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When Diana Widmaier Picasso first encountered Amen’s mycelium-packaged candles at Dover Street Market in 2020, she found a striking similarity between the sustainability-driven brand and her late grandfather Pablo Picasso: “In his 50,000-piece oeuvre, Pablo never once used plastic as a medium, even though he experimented with every material,” noted Diana, who was then in the midst of curating an exhibition dedicated to her mother: “Maya Ruiz-Picasso: Daughter of Pablo,” now on display at Paris’s Musée Picasso through the end of the year. Starting next week, the museum’s visitors can take home their very own Picasso, thanks to a new collection of hand-poured candles created in collaboration with Amen founder Rodrigo Garcia. “They’re like a white canvas ready to be painted — and who better to paint them than Picasso?” Garcia says of his line’s signature Limoges porcelain vessels, which, for a limited time, will feature four of the prolific artist’s lesser-known works, each complemented by a distinct, paraffin-free aroma: “Figure” (1927) offers a blend of orange and cinnamon inspired by summers in the South of France, where Pablo long lived and worked. “Guitare à la main blanche” (1927), a piece that incorporates the initials of Marie-Thérèse Walter, Diana’s grandmother, lent itself naturally to a single note of jasmine, which Pablo spoke of in an intimate letter he wrote to the French model in 1936, less than a year after the birth of their only child together. Muses Diana, “With this captivating, feminine and floral fragrance, my grandfather captured the scent of his secret lover” — much like the candle itself. $117, amencandles.com.

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