Height 7cm, Diameter 9cm
Styled shoot – HAY
Product shoot – Sjur Pollen
Most of us can recall a childhood fascination with the flickering flame – mesmerized by the rhythm of the burning light; the concept of time seemed to slowly dissolve. Lars Beller’s «Moment» candle extinguisher revisits this lost meditative watch with an added reminder of its impermanence. As the flame slowly makes its way towards the bottom of the candle, the suspense builds towards its split second finale.
Its formal language is purely dictated by its function, optimizing each part for its intended task. The weight can be adjusted to adapt to a variety of differently shaped candles. This analogue solution stands in sharp contrast to today’s high-tech society. Cast iron was the perfect functional as well as aesthetical match for this design. The matte and heavy appearance of this peculiar object creates a nice contrast to the brilliance of the slow burning flame.
Lars on process:
“The idea of the Moment candle extinguisher was born during a visit to the people’s museum in Oslo in 2012.
During my stay I stumbled across a collection of silver candelabrums I from the late 19th century. Amongst these pieces was an extraordinary device described as a candle extinguisher. I couldn’t help being completely obsessed with this quirky concept, and I immediately decided that I wanted to create my own modern and simplified interpretation of this remarkable contraption.”
HAY has always believed that good design is everyone’s right. That’s why, from the very beginning, co-founders and Creative Directors Mette and Rolf Hay committed to working with their generation’s best designers from all over the world to create high-quality products that would be available to a wide audience. This founding principle continues to motivate us today.
At HAY, everything we make draws from three primary sources of inspiration: art, architecture, and fashion. We have always paid close attention to and been inspired by our surroundings, and putting our finger on the pulse of contemporary culture is how we keep pace with the world around us.
excerpt from hay.dk