Keap + Object_ify 139 Matchbox Set

Inspired by early 20th century Japanese labels, it's small-scale functional art

Brooklyn-based studio Keap, the B Corp making affordable scented candles, is dabbling in a new candle-related side project: handmade matchboxes inspired by vintage Japanese labels from the 1920s to 1940s. Made in collaboration with Lower East Side art store Object_ify 139, each box is silk-screened with Keap art director’s Dan Abary drawings then hand-assembled. As a set, the five different matchboxes read out the very …

Ceramic Match Striker

Much more easy on the eyes than the go-to neon orange disposable lighter is this ceramic match-holder handmade by LA-based artist couple Kat Hutter and Roger Lee from their collaborative homewares line, Kat and Roger. Drag a “strike anywhere” match across the rough, unglazed portion of the base to light up. One truly sophisticated way to get the fire started.

English Crystal Match Strike

What do you get the person whose matchbook collection is second to none? The elegant hand-blown English crystal match strike by veteran UK designer Lucy Cope provides the perfect answer—the contemporary glass globe is etched with vertical stripes in a luxe coffee color, with a place of honor for any bunch of matches, ready to strike.