by Jim Rokos December 13, 2022
It was with great pleasure that ROKOS took part in Material Matters, during this year’s London Design Festival.
Material Matters ran from 22-25 September at the iconic Bargehouse on London’s South Bank, Oxo Tower Wharf.
The white glass matches the white candle. As the candle is inserted and slowly sinks into the water, the white glass appears to magically extend down the neck. After lighting as the candle flame grows, the white glass appears to change pink. Mouthblown borosilicate.
In 2012 the original 13˚ 60˚ 104˚ won the Red Dot Design Award. Ten years on, this anniversary edition’s yellow neck suggests that white wine may also be decanted.
Launched in September 2020 during lockdown – this is the candleholders’ first trade show. The last thing the designer did before lockdown was pick up candles from the candle shop Charles Farris; then he could design a candleholder around them. German Design Award 2021 - Special Mention.
Material Matters gave the first show appearance for the 22° 36° 48° Roiro bowl: the first of this limited edition of 28 was completed in 2014 and hand finished with 25 layers of Japanese lacquer. (Roiro bowl, far left, below.)
Available online since November 2020, Material Matters gave the Gauge large vase its first appearance at an exhibition. The very largest of the Gauge range, it is mouth-blown into a wooden mould in lead free crystal.
The Saturday's talks included 'Dyslexia and Design'.
The panel - Chris Day (glass artist), Simone ten Hompel (metal artist), Bethan Laura Wood (designer and artist) and Jim Rokos - was chaired by Piers Roberts (co-founder of Designersblock).
A swathe of leading figures in design, architecture and craft are dyslexic. How does dyslexia contribute to their professional or personal lives? Is it a creative strength? The panelists described their experiences and illustrated how dyslexia allows them to see the world slightly differently.
Christopher Day is a mixed race artist who uses his craft to navigate what it means to be black in the UK. And also, white. While he might be both, he sometimes feels like he is not enough of either. His new, deeply personal works are often self-portraits that explore what it means to be biracial in the UK.
Bethan Laura Wood work is characterised by materials investigation and a passion for colour. Since 2011 she has worked with Nilufar Gallery to showcase her limited edition and one-off works. She has collaborated with brands including: Rosenthal, Moroso, Valextra, CC-Tapis, Hermes and Dior.
Simone ten Hompel is one of the foremost metal practitioners in the UK. "I started working with metal really early on in my life. I did an apprenticeship as a blacksmith in Germany while I was still going to school. Part of the reason for this interest is that I’m a really excellent dyslexic and I knew that school was going to be difficult." In 2005 she won the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize.
Piers Roberts launched Designersblock in September 1998 at the Old Truman Brewery, 5 years ahead of the London Design Festival. Designersblock went on to plant the seed for city design festivals in London, Tokyo and Milan. Diagnosed autistic aged 50 Piers champions those who think, feel and see differently.