nendo's sunset candles slowly reveal color as they burn
nendo's sunset candles slowly reveal color as they burn
jan 19, 2016
nendo's sunset candles slowly reveal color as they burn

nendo’s sunset candles slowly reveal color as they burn
all images by akihiro yoshida




japanese designer nendo has produced a collection of candles which slowly reveal color and scent as it burns. called ‘sunset’ candles, each appear white at first, but once lit, the heat reacts to the center and begins changing to yellow then orange, red, purple, and finally to blue. the idea was influenced by the shifting shades of light during sunset; reflecting the soft transitioning of hues. each color is accompanied by a scent: bergamot, lemongrass, sweet marjoram, lavender, and geranium. by combining scent and sight, the candle not only provides illumination, but represents the passage of time.
the candle appears all white
depending at what stage, the candle reveals a different color
the wax reacts to the heat of the flame- producing a color and scent
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the wax changes to yellow then orange, red, purple, and finally to blue  
as well as color, the stages produce a certain scent as it burns
colors also serve as a reminder of the passage of time








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