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.
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.
“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.”