With Halloween just around the corner, it’s high time to start sprucing up your pad to welcome all manner of ghouls and apparitions for the most frightful night of the year. To inject a bit of venomous inspiration into your preparations, we at Home Journal have prepared a selection of design goods that fall in that uncanny valley between the eerie and the exquisite, and wouldn’t look out of place in your home past Halloween – if you don’t mind a sprinkling of scare factor throughout the other 364 nights of the year.
The Vivre Sconce light from Koket offers exquisite vintage details with a decidedly modern profile. Its dark neutral tones and the exquisite patterns in the agate stones are uniquely captivating against the light and the gold metal, and when the light pours through, it casts a dim, bewitching glow on its surroundings. Look closely at the centre of the powerful agate and it almost looks like a ghoulish vision staring back, adding evocative new facets to the light and giving us instant shudders.
– Emily Leung, Editor
For those future Gothic vibes, look no further than the Harcourt Our Fire candlestick from Baccarat. Crafted from leaded crystal with a metallic finish and beveled base for an alluring aura, the candlestick was designed by the renowned Philippe Starck and is based on Baccarat's timeless Harcourt goblet design.
– Gavin Yeung, Digital Editor
Infuse a whimsical yet opulent dose to your dining table for the special occasion with Jonathan Adler’s Eve Serving Set. Made of polished cast brass with food-safe lacquer finishes, the hand-shaped serving utensils will sure keep your guests entertained through its quirky motif.
– Nikey Cheng, Associate Editor
There’s nothing quite like the flicker of candlelight to evoke the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve. Add a touch of olfactory mystery to the occasion with La Cloche from Cire Trudon, a glass bell jar that, when lifted, releases the concentrated scent of the candle beneath it, while at the same time recalling ancient apothecaries and evincing gothic glamour that works all year round.
– Mercedes Hutton, Deputy Editor