Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer
The installation "Candles in the Wind" fascinated many visitors during Milan Design Week 2012 and in New York the following spring. The lighting object made from 100 LED "candles" is a collaboration between Moritz Waldemeyer and Ingo Maurer.
Showcasing the soft lighting pieces in a threaded chandelier, as well as scattered throughout the space as candlesticks.
Each 'candle' is an individual unit, comprised of a custom-designed 250-LED panel and circuitry. Studio Waldemeyer programmed the behaviour of the 'flame' based on video footage of actual candles, converting the moving imagery to pixel data and working with a software engineer to code each individual LED to reflect the movement of the flame, achieving an extremely realistic representation. From a slight distance or in darkened settings, the pixels meld together and the top of the lighting unit disappears, leaving only a virtual flame visible and flickering atop a candle-like form.
The light colour of the LEDs and the highly sophisticated programming of the LEDs create a visual effect of a real flame. A combination of high-tech and poetic expression.
The project was on exhibition for Milan design week 2012 as part of Ingo Maurer’s 'a dozen red things' showcase at Spazio Krizia.
Candles are still exhibited in Ingo Maurer’s New York showroom and in Munich showroom.