The latest design product recently launched by NTC based OTHR, is a 3D Printed Candle Snuffer Collection starting at $85.00. A single object conceived in three iterations; each reimagined by a distinctly different designer. Numbered editions, in 3D Printed Steel.
These three geometric candle snuffers bring a fresh take to a classic form. Pablo Alabau, Vera & Kyte, and Studio Yonoh—each from a different city around the world—have re-conceived this iconic shape, in their own design language.
Pablo Alabau was born in Valencia, Spain. He holds a degree in Fine Arts at UPV and Moved to New York in spring 2012.
“It’s funny – he says about the Halcyon Candle Snuffer that he created for OTHR – I was always thinking of what OTHR might be interested in, like what kind of product. I was in Valencia, at my grandmother’s house. At dinner, there was something on the table and I asked her, “What is this thing?” She showed me how it worked, and immediately I understood its function. It was actually very ugly—made out of iron or steel with a super long neck so that the heat didn’t transfer. Not a nice object that you’d want to look at on the table. Even so, it struck me as an interesting typology—I haven’t seen many contemporary snuffers, and I noticed that OTHR produces a lot of things around candles and light; either to light the candle, or support it, so I thought this would be a nice complement to their collection.
While each candle snuffer is unique, cones and curves are used throughout. In this way, the three objects become a cohesive collection, all in 3D printed steel.
Studio Yonoh is tucked between a tightly-packed row of colorful apartments in Valencia, Spain, a modern glass exterior stands in opposition to the paving stones, cascading window plants, and wrought iron balconies that adorn the alleyway. While perhaps not traditional, the studio’s glass facade acts as a mirror to its environment— reflecting the stamps of the old world outside while, on the inside, something entirely new is being born.
This collision of past, present and future captures the essence of Studio Yonoh, founded by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma in 2006. The two met as young designers–now, their collaborative workspace captures the vibrant colors of the city outside, archived neatly within the white walls and clean lines of the studio. This minimalism reflects the studio’s Scandinavian influences— with, as Clara puts it, a little “Mediterranean daring” mixed in.
Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte hail from the west coast of Norway: what might be considered the epicenter of Nordic design. While the clean, white lines of their Bergen studio bely a deep connection to their Scandinavian roots, their work often transcends the neutral minimalism of traditional Norwegian design—venturing into bright colorways and playful shapes.
“The strict limitations of manufacturing with 3D printing technology—specifically, sizing and material combinations—was an interesting challenge in itself,” the two designers say about their work for OTHR on this project. “The most challenging part was achieving an in-depth understanding of what is uniquely possible with this technology, and how far you can push these aspects before reaching the limits of the materials or machines. While visiting OTHR in New York City – they explain – we were able to physically pick up and study previously printed objects, looking at trials, errors and successes. This gave a hands-on understanding of the process, which is always important when designing. Our learning curve has been steep—which to us is the mark of a meaningful collaboration.