Hans Nagel was born on the outskirts of Cologne in 1926. His father was a blacksmith and Hans and his brothers spent difficult years collecting empty American cartridge cases to be transformed into ashtrays, cases, and candle holders as the family tried to scrape out a living in post WWII Germany. After studying at the Cologne Art School, Hans eventually took on the role of CEO at his family's small metalwork company.
At the age of 35 Nagel met architect/artist Werner Stoff and their shared passion for great design sparked a creative match that would go down in history. The idea for their project was born of an accidental impression made by Nagel following a fall in the Alps - leaving three prefect finger holes in the snow. Inspired, Nagel pitched the idea of a three pronged candle holder to Stoff and Stoff in turn created a three legged holder topped with three moon-inspired domes. Designed to stand alone or stacked one upon the other, the late 1960s design launched to great success worldwide. Most recently, Danish design company 'Just Right' reissued this iconic piece of history - bringing a timeless masterpiece into the hearts and homes of a new generation of enthusiasts.