Traditional in construction and modern in conception, the Areaware Menorah is elegant and functional. It has an incorporated plate which catches the drippings from candles and provides a safe resting place for a used match while it is still hot. It is made of solid cast iron and has the heft expected of such a material. The weight gives it a sense of solidity and self worth, like a trusted tool found on a family farm. There is an honesty in the singularity of the iron material which suggests this object could age and continue to look even more beautiful as it acquires a patina from continual use. Part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Jewish History and recently added to the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, along with some artifacts of its developmental process. Winner, Chicago Good Design Award.
Photos by Clint Blowers.