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Cloud Keep Backflow Incense Burner

Cloud Keep | 云庇

This modern concrete incense holder (or incense burner) is part of a series where we try to imagine the essential elements of architecture buried in our collective unconsciousness, comprised of stairs, platforms and towers that recall a place familiar but distant at the same time. This is an architectural folly in miniature, a monument to some forgotten event.

The Cloud Keep is the second in the Cloud series. Ensconced within a golden house, the backflow incense is placed on top of the stairs and its plume flows gently down along the steps and walkways of the burner. Cloud Keep is larger than the Cloud Stairs, and has two striking plume waterfalls, drawing the fog flow in different directions. One waterfall connects to a center platform, which pools the plume, allowing it to overflow in a dreamlike fashion to the stairs below. Also available with a Wutong wood tray.

Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument.

-Adolf Loos, 1910 Architecture

Cloud Keep Size:

11.5 (L) x 7 (W) x 9 (H) cm | 4.5 (L) x 2.8 (W) x 3.5 (H) inches

Wutong Tray Size:

27.5 (L) x 15.5 (W) x 3.5 (H) cm | 10.8 (L) x 6.1 (W) x 1.4 (H) inches


Incense burner: concrete, aluminum (standing structures), steel (incense plate)

Tray: Wutong wood (also known as Chinese parasol), a light weight Asian wood commonly used for incense boxes

As our concrete products are individually hand-made, each one will be different. Characteristics such as air bubbles, slight unevenness, minor scratches or bumps were all incurred in the production process and are unavoidable due to the nature of concrete. These are not considered defects unless they affect the functioning of the product.

We recommend gently wiping with a damp cloth shortly after use. Do not rinse directly under water. Metal parts will be very hot during and immediately after burning, care should be taken to avoid injury.

Avoid contact with oily or colored substances as these will stain the concrete.

Place this product on silicone mat while burning to avoid smoke damaging standing surface.

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Inspired by the richness of traditional Chinese culture

Kin draws its inspirations from thousands of years of Chinese history.

Fragrances, or incense, known as 香 (xiang) in Chinese, was treasured in ancient China and first used in the royal palace. The first Chinesebook of fragrances was written as far back as the 5th century.

Re-interpreted with a unique, modern aesthetic

Kin objects showcase minimal designs with clean lines.

Bill Yen, the award-winning architect and designer behind Kin, brings over 15 years of experience. Kin objects are developed from scratch in our Shanghai studio, and are painstakingly designed, re-designed, prototyped and re-prototyped .

A beautiful balance:
Acceptance, Calmness
and Belonging

The result are objects that capture the balance of traditional Chinese culture with a modern lifestyle in its most beautiful form.

Kin creates objects for our homes that embrace seemingly contradictory influences in our lives; objects that ground us, accept us, bring us a sense of calm, and give us a sense of belonging.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier
Love It

This is such a great, good-quality, and unique incense burner. It is so fun to watch the backflow trail outside of the tower and down the steps. I highly recommend it! Just be sure to clean it regularly.

incense burner and book end in one

a solid chunk of concrete, its completely solid. The gold houses are made of aluminum with a electroplating of gold color on top.

Smoke turns down the steps

The smoke follows the steps down and turns the corner and flows all the way down, some spilling of smoke but coming down the side is also pretty cool.

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