This is a very simple, hand-dipped wax candle made at the Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo, that was first built in the 5th or 6th century. I bought several candles just before we went into isolation. It is a reminder of the wonder of natural, organic materials and traditional making, a symbol of Sarajevo’s rich layers and a souvenir of family dinners in lockdown. This candle was quite tall when I bought it, and it burns very, very slowly, so we have enjoyed its light over many, many home-cooked dinners.

Nataša Perković

Nataša Perković is a product designer from Sarajevo. She aims to create innovative products of a high aesthetic value which users will enjoy for many years.

She holds a graduate and postgraduate degrees in product design from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo, where she also works as an assistant professor. She made her first professional steps at The Partners in London and at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in Italy. She has collaborated with the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in London. She worked as a design associate at Kyoto Institute of Technology D-Lab.

Through her design practice, Studio Nataša Perković, she collaborates with manufacturers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. She has exhibited extensively and globally.

Among awards Nataša’s products have received are D&AD Best New Blood, several Imm Cologne ICONIC Interior Innovation Awards, German Design Award Special Mention, Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum, Belgrade Furniture Fair Golden Key, BIG SEE Grand Prix for Product Design, as well as the Balkan Architectural Biennale Grand Prix for Furniture Design.