Visually deceptive brass candlestick created using photochemical etching.
Flatlight is an optical illusion candlestick holder that has been stripped to its most basic form but keeps people guessing as to whether it is 2D or 3D. Studio Cheha wanted to force people to rethink everyday objects and look at the world in another light (pun definitely intended). Made from brass, the simple accessory costs around $20 and will keep your dinner guests guessing for as long as they can keep their hands to themselves.
The designers turned to brass because it’s durable, doesn’t rust, is easy to recycle, and most importantly, can be cut using a state of the art technique called photochemical etching. A process which corrosively machines away the finest details of a designs on a piece of thin brass sheet, which unlike laser cutting does not create burrs or sharp edges and can be mass produced to the highest standards.
As proof of concept, the designer was originally turned away by the photo etching factory who told him they only worked with 2D designs. Take a look through the gallery below to see if you’re fooled or not: