A singular candle snuffer inspired by an ancient tree

Michael Aram’s jeu d’esprit captures the delicate butterfly-like leaves of the Ginkgo biloba

Butterfly Ginkgo candle snuffer, $80
Butterfly Ginkgo candle snuffer, $80 | Image: Andy Barter

The butterfly-shaped leaves of the ancient Ginkgo biloba tree are the inspiration for this intricate candle snuffer by metalware designer Michael Aram. Twig and leaves are of handcast brass – the twig oxidised; the leaves polished to golden brilliance – and the snuffer is sculpted from nickel-plated aluminium.