Born in Mexico, Iván Meade, principal designer and founder of Meade Design Group, has established himself as one of the foremost designers in Canada. With over 20 years of experience and distinguished success in interior, graphic and industrial design, Meade is expanding his personal design narrative to include a new line of organic luxury candles. Delighting our senses last year with his wildly popular line of organic fair-trade chocolate, Meade introduces APAPACHO, a luxury candle collaboration with local perfumer Angela-Marie L’Heureux. Adopting his mother’s credo that we should in indulge ourselves in everyday luxuries, Meade brings us “a candle has the capacity to not only enliven but to emotionally narrate the story of a room.”
Considered the most beautiful word in Spanish language, APAPACHO harkens back to the traditional Nahuatl tongue and is roughly translated as an “embrace of the soul.” Meade’s line has two unique fragrances – APAPACHO CË (White Amber + Vetiver) and APAPACHO OMË (Oakmoss + Rosewood) – which speak to the diverse ways that one can encounter the sensibility of APAPACHO. APAPACHO CË soothes the soul, uniting top notes of White Amber and Vetiver into a heartfelt hug while CË instigates intimate gatherings and reflective contemplation. APAPCHO OMË lightens the soul through an exceptional blend of Oakmoss and Rosewood. OMË’s fragrance kindles emotional renewal and stimulating conversation.
Staying true to his philosophy of quality craftsmanship meant making a local product in small batches while paying close attention to every detail, such as using only the highest quality 100% natural and organic ingredients. The result is an exquisite candle that is in a class of its own, blending sophistication and aromatic singularity into a complex sensual narrative.
One of Meade’s fundamental design principles is a phrase his mother would often use: “Find luxury in what you touch every day.” This deep-rooted philosophy is revealed in the complexity of scent and superior quality and care taken to produce the APAPACHO candle line. Re-appropriating his mother’s expression, Ivan believes that with his candles, one can “find a small luxury in what you light every day.”