Candle holder 2010 NYIGF Faves: Phase Design's "Illuminate" candle project successful engineering inventions

Earlier this year Reza Feiz, principal of L.A.-based Phase Design, invited four of his favorite designers/design firms to join him in solving the same problem: Design a candleholder made from a 12" x 9" x 1.75" block of walnut, using turned brass inserts to hold the actual candles.
The beautiful results were on display at this year's NYIGF, and here's what the quintet each came up with:
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Bearing Candleholder by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune, a/k/a CKR Architects of Stockholm, Sweden. Concentric circles - one smaller one larger - each with a single candlestick holder. Turned rotated in relation to each other, they create a sort of candelabrum that can be reconfigured. Although they belong together, they also work separately. Twins. But not identical. A non-static pair.
The name 'Bearing' sprang to our minds because of the associations we saw between our concept and that of one of Sweden's most successful engineering inventions- the radial ball bearing.
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Luna Candleholder by Khodi Feiz, Feiz Design of Amsterdam, Holland. A candle holder which is infinite in its configuration, allowing you to compose it.
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Block Candleholder by Arik Levy, L Design of Paris, France. Respecting the starting block dimensions and interacting with each of its faces results with a multi-positional object that tells a different story at every angle. It can be used as a simple candle holder or to serve cheese and fruit using the candle as light, creating a romantic ambiance. Often the industry turns to cut, chop, divide and section the raw material with the advanced technology they behold...in this design or should I say board-sculpture the idea was just to combine the function to the material.
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Bias Candleholder by Mike Simonian, Maaike Evers a/k/a Mike & Maaike of San Francisco, United States. Evades Gravity, Triggers Curiosity Requires Investigation, Static to Active, Dynamic as Single and in Multiples, Organized or Random 2 sizes: 9" and 6.5"
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Ziba Candleholder by Reza Feiz, Phase Design of Los Angeles, United States. Ziba is a solid walnut candle stick holder where the simplicity of a pure form encapsolates the timeless quality of an object that has aided mankind for centuries. The cantilevered surface allows the Ziba to be comfortably handled. Ziba can be used in singles or in multiples to create different relationships with their environment.

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