samuel wilkinson unveils shape-shifting candelabra for lobmeyr
 

samuel wilkinson unveils shape-shifting candelabra for lobmeyr

 

zymbel is a solid brass candleholder by london-based designer samuel wilkinson for austrian artisan lobmeyr. the idea behind this unusual looking piece is to create a candle holder that would reflect and amplify the glow from a single candle with a bit of theatrical zest and shape-shifting qualities. by doing so, lighting and colors come together to create different effects and impressions.

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the solid brass discs pivot via a hidden axis

 

 

set to be exhibited at the international contemporary furniture fair in new york (ICFF), samuel wilkinson‘s zymbel candelabra are all handmade by lobmeyr‘s skilled crafstmen. with all parts constructed from solid brass, the form is based on four shifting discs whose composition can be changed as desired — moving around a candle in a spherical space. the weighted base allows the other three discs to cantilever up and around the candle, producing a gravity defying appearance. all faces are highly polished, apart from two which have also been rubbed with oil to produce a rich and contrasting darkened surface.

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the composition of the discs can be changed as desired

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
the weighted base allows other parts to cantilever up and around the candle

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
a central spike makes the candle visually float above the lower disc

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
two of the faces have been rubbed with oil to produce a darkened and contrasting surface

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
the four brass discs in full spread

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
deconstructed layout: each part has been handmade by skilled craftsmen

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
a handmade butterfly nut on the back allows to tension or reposition the rear discs

samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra lobmeyr icff designboom
samuel wilkinson zymbel candelabra in closed configuration

 

 

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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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