Aina Kari Considered Home Fragrance is a new high-end and sustainable brand of scented candles that thoughtfully combines the unsurpassed craftsmanship, history and prestige of Italian Murano glass with the finest eco-sustainable materials. Merging creative talent from around the world with a hyper-local production process, Aina Kari is an innovative and plastic-free brand that stands out as a trailblazer in the luxury candle market.
Aina Kari’s debut Commedia Dell’Arte is comprised of four collections— On The Stage, Play, With Confidence, and Coriandoli— as a homage to some of the greatest periods of Italy’s artistic legacy. AK draws inspiration from Venice’s history, the Italian theaters, the iconic masks of Commedia dell’Arte, and the first women who in the seventeenth century first took to the stage. The 4th, Coriandoli Collection – is the collection dedicated to Venice anniversary 1600 years of Venetian heritage.
Founded by Marina Cighir between Milan and Venice, at the axis of Italian design, Aina Kari has been meticulously designed to tell a story; one that celebrates both tradition and contemporaneity in art, design and craftsmanship, while making zero compromises on the sustainability of its ingredients and production processes. After years of working in the scented candle industry, Marina Cighir had gained the experience to recognize a truly performing fragrance, as well as the inspiration to take on the challenge to create a 100% sustainable, high-end scented candle.
Portland-based Designer Irina Flore, Founder of Studio Flore, was in charge of designing Aina Kari’s vase collection for Commedia Dell’Arte. Inspired by the characteristic silhouette of the Venetian water wells found in every piazza, Irina Flore designed the Aina Kari vases to be viewed as art objects and cherished for many years to come. Although it was her first time working specifically with Murano glass, Irina’s experience in designing glass objects allowed her to manipulate light and form to enhance the experience of lighting the candles. By applying traditional patterns and colours representative of Venice, Irina was able to create caustics— magical refractions around the burning candle that offer a multitude of shades and lights brought to life by the flame within— making it as much a visual experience as an olfactory one.