We have been greatly appreciating the elegant work of Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland in the last few years and on the 4th of September – during Maison Objet in Paris – the inspirational creator returns with the official presentation of his latest project, which is once again quite incredible. Named poetically the ‘Moment’, Beller Fjetland created his new work inspired by his childhood fascination with the flickering flame – being mesmerized by the rhythm of the burning light; the concept of time seemed to slowly dissolve. The ‘Moment’ candle extinguisher was created to revisit just this lost meditative watch with an added reminder of its impermanence. As the flame slowly makes its way towards the bottom of the candle, the suspense builds towards its split second finale. We love this new elegant and playful creation of Fjetland!
The formal language of the ‘Moment’ is purely dictated by its function, optimizing each part for its intended task. The weight can be adjusted to adapt to a variety of differently shaped candles. This analogue solution stands in sharp contrast to today’s high-tech society. Cast iron was the perfect functional as well as aesthetical match for this design. The matte and heavy appearance of this peculiar object creates a nice contrast to the brilliance of the slow burning flame.
The idea of the ‘Moment’ candle extinguisher was born during a visit to the people’s museum in Oslo in 2012:
During my stay I stumbled across a collection of silver candelabrums I from the late 19th century. Amongst these pieces was an extraordinary device described as a candle extinguisher. I couldn’t help being completely obsessed with this quirky concept, and I decided immediately that I wanted to create my own modern and simplified interpretation of this remarkable contraption.
Lars Beller Fjetland grew up on the west coast of Norway, where he has nurtured a lifelong fascination for the combination of function with the finest of nature’s materials in furniture, interiors and lighting. Graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree from Bergen National Academy of the Arts in 2012, Beller Fjetland is now looking to broaden his horizon as an explorer of form and function through different kinds of projects. We discovered his work through his beautiful ‘Re-turned’, after he returned in 2013 with the impressive ‘Cloche‘ lamp and now ‘Moment’ is here.
Photography by Sjur Pollen.
Maison Objet in Paris will take place from the 4th until the 8th September 2015, when visiting make sure to check Lars’ incredible ‘Moment’ first hand.
For more information see here.