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mori.london merges the raw emotion of a flame with the highest grade of technology, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design
mori.london merges the raw emotion of a flame with the highest grade of technology, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design
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LED candles by mori.london
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  As far back as the collective memory of mankind goes, the flame has been the first and only light source, guiding our ancestors through history from the moment we dared to differentiate ourselves from the animal kingdom. The fascination with the movement and warmth of this light source is hardwired into our brains thanks to millions of years of this most special of relationships. The advent of electric light has done nothing to diminish our love for candle light, if anything it has helped to emphasise, just how special it's effect is to us.

'eternal flame' LED candle
'eternal flame' LED candle

   A few years back a playful experiment with a small LED matrix at Studio Waldemeyer produced a surprising result. Despite it's very low resolution, the digital circuit managed to perfectly reproduce the complex motion of a flame. But the surprise was less in the technical ability but in people's response to it. As if by magic we had captured the essence of everything a flame means, and added some intrigue. The tiny circuit had it's own soul and captured peoples imagination unlike anything we had created up to this point or since.

 

 mori.london sets out to define a completely new category of lighting: playful, emotional, atmospheric and elegant, always innovative and always low power and low impact on the environment. mori.london creates the perfect balance of beautifully crafted objects with a sprinkling of tech. We use inspiration from the past to position ourselves right in the future.

 

 mori.london's debuts at Milan design week 2017 with two products: 'eternal flame' evokes the shape of a classic candle holder while 'midnight oil' is a minimal interpretation of a historic oil lamp. Their beautifully crafted hand made glass body offers the perfect housing for the minimal circuitry that carries the flame.

About the Technology

The candle movement is based on footage of a real candle flame. We have developed a special algorithm that animates the flame with endless complexity, just as in a classic candle. 

The circuitry is based on tried and tested modules that we have combined in a single board design. This includes LEDs, LED drivers, an Arduino compatible ARM processor and a battery management circuit. 

The battery contains a Sanyo cell, made in Japan - the best quality we could find. It's clipped into the board to make it easily replaceable - to give the candle as long a life as possible. 

 

 

'midnight oil' - LED oil lamp
'midnight oil' - LED oil lamp

About the Creator

Moritz Waldemeyer is an internationally renowned artist based in London. His work occupies a diverse range of creative spaces, from art and product design through to fashion and entertainment.

In 2005 he made his debut into the art and design world via his first solo gallery show with Rabih Hage Gallery London.

Following his early collaborative work for the likes of Phillippe Starck and Zaha Hadid, Moritz soon established himself as an independent artist. In 2008 he participated in MoMA’s Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition. In 2013 his lighting product ‘My New Flame’ was unveiled as part of MoMA’s permanent collection.

Studio Moritz Waldemeyer, founded in 2004, was built on a philosophy of playful experimentation by forging links between art, fashion and design, with an eclectic client list including Audi, Panerai, Versace as well as Bono, Will.I.Am, Rihanna and Jamiroquai. Moritz acts as head creative in everything the studio undertakes, crafting his signature aesthetic into each piece.

 

Technical Specifications

Printed circuit board - assembled in UK
Borosilicate glass - Turkey
Sanyo 16650 rechargeable battery - Japan/China
Recycled cardboard packaging - UK

Each component that goes into our pieces is carefully considered for its impact on the environment and we aim to create as little waste as possible. mori.london has been designed to last a lifetime. Our products are tested during manufacture and before they are shipped to our customers to ensure we are delivering a quality product.

The lamps require a Micro USB cable for charging (not included). We recommend that you only use branded/certified chargers.

Timeline

Once the Kickstarter has ended and the money is cleared we anticipate delivery within 8 - 10 weeks. We have researched our manufacturing long and hard to make sure we are getting the best we can within our price point.

We are hopeful that we will ship all the products together at the beginning of July.

Other rewards such as the prints will come sooner, we will reach out to you after the end of our campaign to arrange delivery.

We will be posting regular updates on Kickstarter and our instagram.

 

Risks and challenges

The most complex design task was the circuit board and software. That's why we went through several iterations until we were perfectly happy. And we did all this before the Kickstarter announcement. We chose manufacturers for both the circuit board and the glass component that we have had years of working relationship with from previous projects. And we have done a larger volume pre-production run, to streamline every tiny component, delivery times and shipping routes. The moment you pledge your support, we have already designed and tested the product and carefully fine tuned every aspect of the manufacturing process and will be able ramp up to larger numbers in the smoothest way possible.

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    Thank you!

    Be part of our mori.london family. We will keep you updated with how our campaign goes and make sure you receive news about our journey.

    We will also mention you as one of our supporters on our website.

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    Digital Flame Image

    One completely unique digital image of a flame at one point in its movement.

    Using the flame that our animations is based on we will take high resolution stills capturing the true essence and inspiration behind our vision. Each capture will be a totally unique one of a kind image of our flame.

    We will also give you a shout out on our thanks you page!

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    Midnight Oil

    1 x 'Midnight Oil' LED Oil Lamp

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    Eternal Flame

    1 X 'Eternal Flame' LED candle

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    The Complete mori.london Collection

    1 of each mori.london products - Eternal Flame & Midnight Oil

    Be the first to have the whole debut collection.

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    Reseller/Santa Claus

    Become one of our first resellers and receive 5 each of 'midnight oil' and 'eternal flame'. The recommended retail price is £189 or €199.

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    Custom mori.london installation

    A one off custom designed mori.london installation by designer Moritz Waldemeyer for your home or space of your choosing.

    Installation will use a minimum of 15 candles in the form of a hanging chandelier.

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