Simple, highly functional, reduces clutter and is appealing to the eye. Let me introduce you to the match striker.
Where have I been? I will admit freely, I knew nothing about match strikers until this spring when British interior designer Rita Konig casually mentioned them in her design course, and consequently was sitting directly next to one on the side table next to her in the video shot (it was a vintage glass and sterling silver orb similar to this one).
Not only does a match striker hold your matches, but it also allows you the ability to light the match upon it as well eliminating the need for any matchbooks or matchboxes or lighters which are either hideous to lay out and about or dangerous depending upon which you are speaking about. (Note: Make sure you have ‘Strike Anywhere’ matches – look for the white dot on the tip of the match as you can see in my photos above and below.)
Any novice potter can make a simple match striker seen in the images of the two I now have in my home (I paid under $25 for each). The majority of the holder is glazed, leaving the bottom rougher enabling a match to be struck successfully.
Match strikers can be made of sterling sliver and glass as well. Etsy is full of them, which is where I found one of mine, but you really can find then wherever antiques or ceramics are sold. The key is to have a rough surface to quickly strike the match against to encourage it to come alight.
Speaking of antiques, there are lovely treasures to be found when it comes to match strikers, and if you are shopping online you will likely be asked to pay a pretty penny. From France, from Britain, from many European countries, match strikers are a small, yet significant detail that reveals your careful attention to both function and beauty. I have shopped a few from Etsy below where I found these items to be more affordable, but there are many more here and all of their French match strikers here. One King’s Lane has match strikers, and 1stdibs is also a wonderful place to shop for vintage and antique treasures – here are their match strikers (although at a bit steeper price).
The match striker I have in my bedroom (seen in the below images) is from Henro Company which makes seven different styles, all under $30.
Needless to say, I am going to be keeping my eyes open for match strikers for each place in my home where I have a candle to eliminate the matchbook that I used to have sitting either next to the candle or in a drawer (but I would always forget which drawer). The size is minimal, and the simplicity is lovely. All the more inspiration to create a lovely candlelit setting and relax with a good book.
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