‘revitalizer 2’ by merve kahraman

the ‘revitalizer 2’ by london-based designer merve kahraman is a regenerative wax lighting piece that recreates itself over time as part of her ‘grow old series’. the design represents poetic transformation through metamorphosis: the wax embodying the cyclical death and rebirth of the object.

after the high voltage bulb inside the lamp melts, the material gradually collects into a retainer and the heat resistance inside the core allows the wax to create a new mold. once the wax cools down and takes its shape, one can take it out and replace it into the top compartment. the result is a soft glow created by the dripping substance, creating an ambience that is continually evolving.

kahmaran describes the philosophy behind the concept:

‘this project is motivated by a desire to create solutions to the negative effects of obsolescence, excessive consumerism, technology and lack of emotional attachment between users and their products. ‘grow old series’ consists of objects that have the ability to transform and recreate themselves, representing cycles.

the ultimate purpose is to design products with a poetic quality and create an emotional attachment even before interaction, which surprise users and engage their imaginations and emotions.’

revitalizer 2: regenerative wax lamp by merve kahraman after the high voltage bulb inside the lamp melts, the material gradually collects into a retainer

revitalizer 2: regenerative wax lamp by merve kahraman the heat resistance inside the core allows the wax to create a new mold

revitalizer 2: regenerative wax lamp by merve kahraman

revitalizer 2: regenerative wax lamp by merve kahraman

revitalizer 2: regenerative wax lamp by merve kahraman

revitalizer 2: regenerative wax lamp by merve kahraman

a video demonstrating the wax lamp concept