The Chronicle

Inspiration: Vintage Table Lighters

Here at Tetra, we believe that lighters belong proudly displayed on your coffee table and not furtively stashed in your pocket — which is why we stock an array of exclusive, design-forward fire-starters, from Tribe of the Eastern Sun's how-cool-is-this plasma version to Andrew O. Hughes's color-shifting glass tetrahedron lighter and ashtray set.

Much of what inspired us to seek out the best and brightest of the category is the rich, oft-overlooked tradition of tabletop lighter design. From elegant metal versions by Braun and Hermès to rainbow Murano glass to a few far-out one-offs, here, a roundup of the best vintage lighters we've seen.

Included are Braun designs by Dieter Rams (red) and Reinhold Weiss (gold) and versions by Hermès (rectangular) and S.T. Dupont (cylindrical).