Through A Glass Jar, Not So Darkly

Sunday, January 23, 2011

All those rows and shelves of jewel-coloured jams, preserves, sauces and mysterious-but-oh-so-enticing condiments are one of the things I love about providores and gourmet grocers*. They shine with sugary promise, and have the same I’ll-take-one-in-every-colour allure as crisp stacks of Kookai t-shirts and Sambag ballet flats.

The glistening richness of the essence of the fruits distilled into a glass jar makes you want to hold it up to the light as if you’ll still be able to capture an outline of the plump forms that went into it, or see tiny worlds spinning inside. It can be almost a little hypnotic when stirring pans of home-made jam or syrup (which is when you stop paying attention and end up with a sticky mess).

The Marmeled jelly lamp gives out the same luminous glow...

Marmeled jelly lamps
Marmeled lamp from Semiki Studio via Design Fetish

It’s refreshing to see food-inspired design that isn’t either too cute for words (all those cupcakes!) or better suited to a children’s room than a modern apartment. The red one’s my favourite (although the online shop doesn’t seem to have it, only a pink equivalent), with orange a very close second.

Orange Marmeled jelly lamp
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I think they’d be a great addition to warm up a murky corner at home. Or perhaps a row of them on a shelf in the kitchen – they’d also avoid that slightly abandoned look that kitchens sometimes take on once the lights are turned out.

* For some funny reason, jars of mass-produced stuff under fluorescent lighting in gigantic supermarkets just don’t have the same effect... can’t imagine why!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on January 23, 2011 at 8:45 PM

That jam does look lovely and just perfect for a gift too! :D

Kellie Collis on January 24, 2011 at 5:43 AM

They look too pretty! I wonder if I would have the heart to eat them and ruin their beauty. Have a lovely week, Kellie xx

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