Design Meinhard von Gerkan
Co-worker Volkmar Sievers
Material four 4mm stainless steel flat sections
Construction connection of the four segments with inserted joint system and fasteners, five candle holders as stainless steel plates, height 535mm
The box, which conceals the candlestick, is reminiscent of a construction kit, which was the favourite toy of future successful engineers. The single components are clearly laid out; only an instruction sheet is missing, at least in the photograph. Can one do without instructions, which are frequently more confusing than descriptive? The function of the five shells seems obvious enough; the candles have to stand on something. They support themselves and the candles with five screws; the identical number itself forebodes the relationship. It is also generally apparent that the four long elements become the legs of the candelabra. Consequently the two rings support the structure’s stability; the four slits suggest this function. The lower ring has to be pulled over all four legs before erecting the candle-stick, a fact that becomes clear at the latest after the first unsuccessful attempt. Subsequently all components slide into the intended slits almost by themselves.
There still might be an instruction sheet in the box. It would however not