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Cloud Stairs Backflow Incense Burner

Cloud Stairs | 云梯

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.

First in the Cloud series of burners, Cloud Stairs is comprised of two gold colored houses connected by a staircase that cradles the backflow incense’s plume as it descends from the top. The meandering fog creeps and overflows as it pleases to create a dreamlike scene. In addition to the stairs, there is also a plume waterfall on one side that spills onto a long platform ending in a cliff edge.

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

-Adolf Loos, 1910 Architecture


13 (L) x 10 (W) x 6.5 (H) cm |

5.1 (L) x 4 (W) x 2.5 (H) inches

Color: slate grey

Material: concrete, aluminum (standing structures), steel (incense plate)

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 4 reviews
Smoke flows down the steps

The smoke really does flow down the steps like the video shows, very nice display piece (although remember to not put it next to any fans or windows when you want to watch the smoke)

Really cool smoke flow

I've seen some other incense burners on the market using backflow incense, but this is a much more modern design, and the smoke flowing down the steps is pretty cool


like the others in the series, it's black conrete and the gold is a really classy color combo. Looks nice even without burning any incense it. like an architectural model


Love the architectural inspiration for this

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