Kram, Clemens Weisshaar, Massimo Banzi >>
are really fascinating and simple objects, with more than 5000 years
of tradition, with a lot of historical meanings. They are associated
with a lot of different functions that are specified by the color,
the scent, the size, the place and the context. Candles can be magical,
ritual, related with religion or not, sensual, romantic or only beautiful.
Can even be just a helpful light in a Blackout. Even with all this
different usages, there are few variations on the way they work, and
everybody knows how to light one.
as a device for control has interesting properties, too. Firstly, as said
before, you don’t need to teach one how to use it. It is simple
and already rooted in almost all cultures. Secondly, it has a special
slow flame catching behavior that acts as a switch. When the candle
is lighted, it takes a while until the wick burns in maximum strength.
The same happens when you “turn off” the switch, by blowing
it, until the smoke stops rising and the wick gets extinguish. Another
important property is the perishing nature of the material (the wax
or the oil). This fire consumption gives time and life cycle perception.
intention here is not to create a new trendy candle, but a device that
can be placed
in a house and looks like a common candle, and you use as a
common candle, but it has more functions associated than a common candle.
But, then, to be a product, the candle-device should be presented in
a lot of diverse options in way to satisfy the different personal styles,
which becomes quite unreasonable for a product intended to looks like
really simple and not be expensive. Then, why not instead of determine
the possible candles for the user, let this
choice free and do a candle holder that keep tracking
the same switch property of the act of light a wick?
Candle Dimmer is a proposal for a domestic product that controls the
brightness of lamps in harmony with the states of a candle.
consists by a candle holder and a wall dimmer. An electrical
plug of a lamp must be attached to the dimmer and then it to
a wall socket
below). The user adjust the minimal brightness of the lamp in the dimmed
state by rotating the dial in the dimmer. You can have as many additional
wall dimmers as you want for use with the same candle holder. Then, you
just put a candle in the candleholder and light it. As the wick becomes
brighter, the lamps match this mood and dim. You blow the candle, everything
becomes dark. See the Interactive
Behavior page for the complete map of interactions.
here to see
the complete map of interactions of Candle Dimmer. How
I turn the lights on again?
here to see the inicial research done, previous shape studies and
other cardboard prototypes.
here to see the conceptual development process and
the project status at an intermediate stage.