This candle holder does something that is both revolutionary and common-sense: it captures a candle’s melting wax to make a new candle over and over again. The Rekindle candle holder from designer Benjamin Shine is an ingenious way to get the most for your candle-buying dollar.
An ordinary taper candle drips melted wax down its sides as it burns. Typical candle holders may, at best, catch the wax to keep it from pooling on your table. This one directs the melting wax into a plexiglass cylinder.
Before burning a candle in the Rekindle, you have to insert a new wick for the next candle to use. As wax from the first candle fills the cylinder, it also surrounds the wick, making a “new” candle.
Of course, some of the wax is lost to the magic of chemical reactions every time the candle is burned. This means that the Rekindle won’t exactly give you an infinite candle because eventually there will be no more wax to recycle. But it will prolong the life of a regular candle many, many times over. The Rekindle isn’t yet available for purchase, but we’d love to see it gracing the tables and mantels of homes in the future.
About the designer: “Benjamin Shine is a multidisciplinary artist most known for his pioneering work in tulle, which centers on ideas of energy, impermanence and the relationship between the spiritual and the superficial. Works have been exhibited by arts institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design New York, The Crafts Council UK and The London Design Museum. Clients and collaborations include The MET, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, Bergdorf Goodman, Beyonce, Barclays Wealth, Vogue and Google. Benjamin has also won a number of awards including the Red Dot Design Award, The Enterprising Young Brit Award and the Arts Export Award in Australia.”