Lars Beller Fjetland designs self-extinguishing Moment candlestick for Wrong for Hay


Maison&Objet 2015: this cast-iron candle holder by Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland automatically puts out the flame just before the wick burns out (+ movie).

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

The Moment candlestick is produced as part of Danish brand Hay's collaborative range created with British designer Sebastian Wrong.

The device features a pendulum with a needle on the end, which is inserted into one side of the wax close to the bottom of the candle.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

As the wick burns, the wax melts and releases the needle, allowing the weight to swing down – pulling with it a domed cap that falls over the flame to put it out. The weight can be adjusted to accommodate candles of different sizes.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

"This simple mechanism is powered by the stored momentum of the adjustable weight that rests on the very tip of the moveable arm," said Beller Fjetland, who has previously created a lamp shaped like a dining cloche lifted up in the air.

"It is a relatively fool-proof solution that only relays on gravity to function," he added.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

Moment is made almost entirely from cast iron, which forms the circular base, curved arm and rounded cap.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

"Cast iron was the perfect functional, as well as aesthetic, match for this design," said Beller Fjetland. "The matt and heavy appearance of this peculiar object creates a nice contrast to the brilliance of the slow burning flame."

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Beller Fjetland came up with the idea for the design during a visit to a museum in Oslo, where he found a collection of 19th-century candelabra.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

"Amongst these pieces was an extraordinary device described as a candle extinguisher," he said. "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."

The candle holder will make its debut within the latest Wrong for Hay collection at the Maison&Objet trade fair in Paris, which continues until 8 September 2015.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

Hay is also launching a collection of outdoor furniture by the Bouroullec brothers at this edition of the event, which takes place in both January and September each year.

The humble candle holder has been recreated in a variety of unusual iterations in recent years. These include a design that looks like an unfinished sketch, brass accessories based on cogs and versions made from discarded slag.

Moment by Lars Beller for Hay

Photography and movie are by Sjur Pollen.

  • barto

    And if the wax drops on the system and locks it? Niiice design as usual…

    • dan

      In the unlikely event I guess it’s not beyond the realms of possibility to still blow it out… Nice idea but somehow doesn’t seem as elegant as it could be.

  • Vicki

    Wow! This is clever! Finally a piece of worthy design innovation good enough to show on Dezeen!

    • Rae Claire

      Yes, they usually just burn out all by themselves. But there are exceptions. I once left a candle in a metal holder on top of a TV set – the old boxy kind. It had a plastic case, as they did in those days.

      I forgot it and left my house. I got home to the most awful smell and a lot of smoke in that room. The metal candle holder had been heated by the dying candle and melted a four-inch hole in the TV. Fortunately it did not progress; it seemed like there had been little or no flame, but lots of black toxic plastic smoke. The TV still worked, but I got rid of it. Aired out the house and everything was fine. I still use real candles occasionally, with care.

  • David

    Very clever, but what exactly is the point? In my experience candles just go out by themselves in the end, hence the phrase “burn out”.

    • GPart

      The point dear boy is that many a monk had burned down the monastery through abject lack of responsibility, or was that heresy! Anyhow, a flame left burning unattended is a disaster in the making.

      Perhaps, never been a boy scout, eh, nor very adept in the wilderness. Pity, this is simple design, brilliant in concept and function and best of all we don’t have to hear the dweebs cry out, “Mommy my battery’s dead and I can’t find my charger. Whatever shall I do!?” Basic stuff, dear boy… basic.

  • James

    I could watch this all day.

  • Concerned Citizen

    So, you take something the candle already does by itself and invent a contraption to do it. So much needed in the 21st century, too.

  • GummyHoops

    So he invented something that already existed for hundreds of years? What’s different about this one?

    • GPart

      Safety, dear boy… safety!

      • Jur

        As a boy scout, would you take an upscaled version with you in the woods to extinguish your camp fire? No! You would make sure the candle is out, dear boy.

        A person who thinks she needs this is already very invested in his/her safety and should never buy it. I think it’s wrong and sad to put all your trust in an object for securing your safety.

        As the movie shows, the added function is not needed. The person was able to blow the candle out before. The function only has added value if the bottom is made from a material that burns easily so it’s protected from itself. That only shows the product doesn’t secure safety at all.

      • GummyHoops

        Not sure what you mean? I’d imagine they’re more for saving candle wax than safety, but either way my point is that these devices have already existed for centuries. I’ve seen them myself in museums. This article itself says the “inventor” was inspired by seeing one in a museum! My question is what is he bringing with this device that wasn’t in the earlier versions?

        EDIT: on closer inspection this one is much less useful than the original versions because it’s fixed to the base of the candle holder. The original design was something that you could slide up or down the candle to the level you wanted to extinguish the flame at, so you could decide how long you want the candle to burn for. So he invented a worse version of something that already existed. Well done, I guess.

  • dick_c

    I like it. If the snuffing mechanism could be adjusted higher and lower alongside a tall candle it might be used as a timer to let a candle burn just a certain distance.

  • Moniker42

    Candles go out by themselves so this isn’t really a solution to anything. A candle that *doesn’t* go out would be innovation…