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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Himmeli: The Geometry of the Heavens





What is an himmeli, you ask?

Although the root of the word “himmeli” is Germanic – in Swedish and German himmel means “sky” or “heaven” – and different versions of this geometric mobile can be found in other Nordic countries, the himmeli is considered the quintessential traditional Finnish Christmas decoration.

Back in the olden days, himmelis hung above dining tables to ensure a good crop and stayed on display from Christmas till Midsummer. The structure of a himmeli is visually striking, with geometrical shapes traditionally made out of pieces of straw or lately, for longevity, from metal.

It is easy to see why these darlings are so popular - staring at an himmeli slowly swaying with the draft can easily captivate and enchant.


Featured here is our 5 sided faceted prism (black himmeli), available in 2 sizes - small and large.  Ideally sized to hold an air plant.

How to display:
1. The 5 sided faceted prism can be displayed from the wall.
2. At an angle on your table, or
3. As a hanging mobile, slowly swaying in a breeze.      

For more information, www.elsje.co.za.

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