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Cloud Nautilus Backflow Incense Burner

Cloud Nautilus | 云螺

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.

Third in the Cloud series of incense burners, the Cloud Nautilus consists of a spiral staircase that draws smaller and deeper into a central well. Instead of spreading the backflow incense plume outwards, the plume meanders along the steps before gathering in the center to create a mysterious pool of fog with an indecipherable depth.

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

-Adolf Loos, 1910 Architecture


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

4.4 (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.

Light the tip of the incense with a flame until it catches fire, allow it to burn for a few seconds, then gently fan out the flame, ensuring that a glowing ember remains.

This may need to be repeated several times if the first time doesn’t work.

You can also refer to this step-by-step article with videos to guide you.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
nice gold on concrete

love the dark concrete with the gold aluminum combination, not something I've seen before

Spiral works well with smoke

The smoke works really well with the spiral on this incense burner, flowing all the way down and into the center - really well designed and made. The concrete is smooth overall there is some bubbles and imperfections but quite refined for what I expected of concrete.

MC Escher

a complex geometry. The smoke flowing down is very cool. It reminds me of a lighthouse or a watchtower, would be very lord of the ring if it wasn't so cute.

Very dreamlike spiral

big fan of the inward spiral for this incense burner, it makes a pool of smoke in the middle, very mysterious

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