an ancient vessel reimagined for the modern world, bringing light, comfort and calm into our complex, fast-paced lives
Light and darkness form a recurring theme across religions, cultural traditions, mythology and science. They touch every aspect of our universe and lives, from the Big Bang Theory’s sudden flash to the way many languages use light to describe the birth of a child, an idea or an identity.
Light and darkness are also intrinsically linked to the changing seasons. Since the earliest times, people around the world have celebrated renewal in the depths of winter – the Pagans with Yule, the Romans with the festivals of Saturnalia and Juvenalia. Even today, when our lives are no longer dictated by natural rhythms, the December solstice represents hope and the return of the sun, with firelight, candles and oil lamps brightening
the long, cold nights.
Many solstice traditions have become entwined with Christmas – itself a celebration of joy, gratitude and togetherness. It’s a time when we gather with our family and friends, give gifts to show our love, and search for meaning and a sense of belonging. Light plays an integral role in Christmas customs around the world, symbolising hope, faith, wisdom and new life.
AKI glass oil lamps combine beauty, functionality and spirituality. Designed in Italy and handmade in small batches in the Czech Republic, they are a contemporary take on an object that has held symbolic meaning across different cultures and traditions for thousands of years. They become part of our everyday rituals, encouraging self-care and quiet contemplation.
With their simple geometric shape and shimmering colours, AKI oil lamps look beautiful in any space.
But they are about much more than aesthetics.
Their warm light embraces and grounds us, helping us to slow down, breathe more deeply and connect with our inner selves.
Discover how AKI will help you consciously take time for yourself.
Oil lamps have occupied a special place for almost as long as humans have been able to control fire. They offer light and comfort, they transcend different cultures and traditions, and they play a central role in many rituals and stories.
Inspired by our love of glass and simple forms, we have reimagined these ancient vessels for the modern world – a world where our homes are our sanctuaries, our time is increasingly precious, and many of us are searching for balance and harmony.
Follow In 2021 our homes are our sanctuaries.
With a mindful attitude, we seek new relationships with the objects and spaces that surround us.
Rituals for Inner Quiet
A ritual is a routine that we perform mindfully and with intention. We bring quality to it, as opposed to the million other daily actions we do on auto-pilot (brush teeth, get dressed, unload dishwasher). Big or small, a ritual is a sacred moment with ourselves. It can be as simple as drinking coffe ...
Light is essential to our existence. Without it, there would be no plants, no crops, no animals, no us. For thousands of years, the rhythm of human life was dictated by light – by sunrise, sunset, the moon and, later, by fire. Nowadays, the prevalence of electricity means it’s easy t ...