Traditionally speaking, canelés are little scalloped cakes – custardy on the inside with a caramelised shell – from the French region of Bordeaux. Now they’re also incense holders, fruit bowls and jewellery dishes, thanks to Melbourne designer Corey Ashford.

“I'm always inspired by the beauty of food and the sensory pleasure it brings,” says Ashford, the former head of retail and visual merchandising at Dinosaur Designs, who established his namesake studio in 2016. “I’ve reimagined the sculptural form of the canelé using marble and precious metals to turn a single moment of edible delight into a timeless treasure.”

His brand new range features three canelé-inspired designs, with soft fluted edges and practically edible forms in marble, brass and silver.

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The Canelé holder accommodates dinner candles or incense sticks, the Canelé jewellery dish is just the right size for rings and little trinkets, and the Canelé catch-all is big enough for at least a couple of medium-sized avocadoes. Or perhaps a generous helping of real-life French pastry treats?

Just like Ashford’s other wares, all are made by hand and designed with a sense of elegance and fun.

The new product drop also includes luxe hand-carved marble champagne coolers and hand-dipped beeswax dinner candles – another nod to the iconic French cake.

“Baking the perfect canelé requires the moulds to be coated in a mixture of butter and beeswax,” Ashford explains, “so using the canelé form to hold my range of beeswax dinner candles felt like the perfect way to honour the beloved French pastry.”

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