The Rekindle Candle that (almost) never burns out

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. Filed under: Art Beauty & Style Entertainment Environment Home & Garden
Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine ©Benjamin Shine Studio

Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine
©Benjamin Shine Studio

(Relaxnews) – Sustainable design is one of the hottest interiors trends right now, but while you might be used to the idea of reupholstering vintage chairs, you may not have considered recycling your… candles.

Luckily British artist and designer Benjamin Shine has made it easy to do so, thanks to his witty and stylish creation the Rekindle Candle. The candle holder features an elegant transparent stem which captures and re-molds the wax as it melts, resulting eventually in an entirely reusable candle.

Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine ©Benjamin Shine Studio

Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine
©Benjamin Shine Studio

The ‘new’ candle requires a replacement wick, and will be a slightly smaller size each time — a result of the chemical reaction which takes place during the burning process. However, it can be reused several times, putting a cost-efficient and innovative spin on the most traditional of lighting accessories.

“Ideas of re-use and finding the potential from a single entity are a constant source of fascination for me,” explains Shine. “Though I try not to think in terms of Art or Design — instead, just in terms of the ‘idea’ — as a Creative Explorer, searching for new and worthwhile ideas that really connect with people, challenge perceptions and demonstrate human creativity.”

Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine ©Benjamin Shine Studio

Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine
©Benjamin Shine Studio

The piece, which can be fabricated from stainless steel, aluminum or porcelain, is not currently available for purchase. However, Shine is in discussions with various brands about the possibility of manufacturing the product for the global market.

The multidisciplinary designer has previously been the recipient of a Red Dot Design Award and the Enterprising Young Brit Award. He has collaborated with brands including Google, Eurostar, Givenchy and Coca-Cola and his current series of tulle portraits is on display at the Opera Gallery in London and Monaco.

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