Intricate works: new scented candles by Brooklynites Calico Wallpaper and Joya

The Brooklyn-based companies Joya and Calico Wallpaper
The Brooklyn-based companies Joya and Calico Wallpaper have teamed up to create three meticulously conceived scented candles
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Two creative studios are rarely as well matched as Calico Wallpaper (opens in new tab) and Joya (opens in new tab). The two Brooklynites have joined forces to produce a trio of scented candles worthy of every mantlepiece. Each vessel is a true testament to Calico Wallpaper's intricate design process, delicately marbled by hand, using the studio's signature techniques. The candles are then poured by hand in small batches by Joya, who've devised a sustainable, domestically-made wax blend and created the enigmatic fragrances.

Joya, a label known for unconventional scents, has created 'L'Absinthe (opens in new tab)' (a star anise accented construction) to match a white and gold container. 'Outrenoir' – a mix of calamansi, chinotto and tulsi leaves – sits within a black, silver and gold marbled jar, while 'Seul au Monde', a smoky muddling of tangerine zest and atlas cedar, is housed in moody black and silver. Due to the delicate handmade process, no two vessels are exactly alike, making this otherworldly joint effort all the more alluring.

'L'Absinthe', 'Outrenoir' and 'Seul au Monde' are set

'L'Absinthe', 'Outrenoir' and 'Seul au Monde' are set in Joya's domestically-made wax blend, and housed in Calico's marbled vessels

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.