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Made from thin brass sheet - The Flatlight is a sleek and functional design piece that will set the mood on fire! Cool, beautiful, fun!
Made from thin brass sheet - The Flatlight is a sleek and functional design piece that will set the mood on fire! Cool, beautiful, fun!
227 backers pledged £8,407 to help bring this project to life.

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The Flatlight [black colored]
The Flatlight [black colored]

My Story

I am an artist at heart and a product designer by nature. And you will often find me exactly where you’ve found me: working in my studio!

This project has been an artistic journey that began with a simple “eureka!” moment and has evolved to reveal limitless possibilities.

Back to Basics  

I like to make my 3D designs beautiful and functional but with a twist; forcing people to rethink their everyday objects and look at the world in another (flat) light.

Flatlight [black colored]
Flatlight [black colored]

Merging the 2D & 3D Worlds  

It all started with the design of simple candlestick holder, which I stripped to its most basic form. After months of playing with and drawing different prototypes, I arrived at the perfect product that combines a classic object with modern design. I looked once, I looked twice, and saw something completely new, innovative, and contemporary: The Flatlight, a candlestick that transforms into a sleek, totally flat 2D product thanks to the art of optical illusion.

Totaly FLAT!
Totaly FLAT!

The Making Of

Now this is where material meets concept. After experimenting with a range of materials for the Flatlight I arrived at my trusty friend, brass: it’s durable, it doesn’t rust, and it’s readily recycled. What’s more it can be cut using a state of the art technique called photochemical etching. This process corrosively machines away the finest details of my designs, on a piece of thin brass sheet, with the utmost precision thanks to the chemical milling process it undergoes. Unlike laser cutting, it does not create burrs or sharp edges and can be mass produced to the highest standards. And, it’s pretty neat to watch too. 

Flatlight ZOOM-IN - Don't get confused! it's 100% FLAT!
Flatlight ZOOM-IN - Don't get confused! it's 100% FLAT!

In fact, when I first went to the photo etching factory, they saw my Flatlight design and turned me away because they only work with 2D design! Job DONE.
Optical illusion - 1:1 - Product designer. 

the Flatlight and the XL-Special edition piece
the Flatlight and the XL-Special edition piece

The Finished Product

Made from 0.4mm thick brass, the Flatlight, will be available in a range of colors as well as natural brass. But for those who simply can’t choose, reversible color options are available too. It’s the perfect design piece for any occasion or even a gift you can pop in the post. It’s light as a feather, flat as a piece of paper and is cool, beautiful, romantic, relaxing, and fun... And don’t forget, you just put a candle on it!

Plain brass / White colored / Black colored
Plain brass / White colored / Black colored
Just put a candel on it!
Just put a candel on it!

Thank you for backing my project.

The Flatlight is here to keep the design flame burning.

Features

  • 0.4 mm thick [0.01 inch]
  • Light, durable, and water resistant
  • If needed, pour on boiling water to wash away the wax
  • Dimensions 15cm [5.8 inch] long by 6.4cm [2.5 inch] wide

Funding

I’ve spent many months sitting in my studio, hour upon hour, designing and working out the logistics for the most efficient and cost-effective production plan. 

The next part is the simplest, which is where you come in! I need support through funding to make enough Flatlights to sell them at a fair price. I’ve set my target at just £5,200 in order to kickstart the project and produce a batch of 400 pieces to send to the homes and design-driven hearts of my backers. For each 50cm x 50cm brass sheet, I can create 21 Flatlights. 

Thank you Kickstarters!

Risks and challenges

Every project has its challenges, but the beauty of product design -- making elegant yet functional objects -- is all about overcoming them. The Flatlight is made using just one machine, one brass sheet, and one process; meaning that the finished product is simply one piece that requires no additional assembling costs. The final stage, involves sanding the Flatlight by hand, which keeps me in control of how the finished product turns out: to perfection and of the highest quality.

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    Receive one 2-SIDED B&W COLORED brass Flatlight candelstick.
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    Receive one GOLD-PLATED brass Flatlight candelstick.
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    Receive A SET OF 2 brass Flatlight candleholders. Free shipping worldwide!

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    Pledge £24 or more About $39

    SPECIAL CHRISTMAS : A SET OF 2 brass Flatlight candleholders wrapped in a special Christmas package: **1 Flatlight - RED side & brass side, **1 Flatlight-- GREEN side & brass side. BEGINNING OF DECEMBER!!
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    SPECIAL EDITION: Receive one SPECIAL EDITION X-LARGE brass Flatlight candelstick. [30cm/12.7cm // 11.9inch/5inch]
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