Nendo’s new Sunset candles change colors and scents as they burn.

Amazing “Sunset” Candles Change Colors and Scents as They Burn

Amazing “Sunset” Candles Change Colors and Scents as They Burn

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
Jan. 22 2016 12:26 PM

Amazing “Sunset” Candles Change Colors and Scents as They Burn

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Sunset candles from award-winning Japanese designers Nendo.

Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy of Nendo.

The genius of award-winning Japanese designer studio Nendo is in its talent for surprising reinventions of ordinary things, injecting a touch of magic and whimsy into everyday objects like rubber bands and doors while maintaining a streamlined aesthetic.

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Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy of Nendo.

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Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy of Nendo.

In plenty of time for Valentine’s Day, Nendo has created Sunset candles, a family of seemingly standard white pillar candles with a secret inner life. Once lit, the candles glow with color that changes as it burns: starting with yellow, then turning orange, red, purple, and finally blue.

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Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy of Nendo.

“The transition of colours is inspired by the shifting shades of light that paint the sunset sky,” Nendo writes in a project description, adding that each color includes its own accompanying scent: bergamot, lemongrass, sweet marjoram, lavender, and geranium. “Not only does the candle provide illumination, but the transition of colours also serves as a reminder of the passage of time.”

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Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy of Nendo.

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Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy of Nendo.

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.