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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.

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