We stumbled upon the team at Rothschild and Bickers recently and have been blown away (lol) by the pure elegance of their handblown (geddit now?) lighting range.
The studio founded by Victoria Rothschild and Mark Bickers in 2007, is the last remaining glass studio in the UK that focuses on hand blown lighting. They have a reputation for sophisticated and elegant designs that are now seen in commercial and residential projects world wide.
Their products reference the architecture and details of traditional interiors with a contemporary twist. Each piece is made to order using age-old techniques in a furnace that is on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Do these guys ever get a day off?
Rothschild & Bickers are on a mission to be a beacon in a diminishing craft industry, and to push the boundaries of what's possible. "I love the design work" says founder Rothschild. "But the fact that I know I am keeping a craft alive, and for a good reason, is what makes it worthwhile. What's more, glassblowing gives me the freedom to experiment with a fascinating material every day. I'm often surprised when the glass can do things we hadn't thought were possible."
The staff at Rothschild and Bickers are all trained in glass design (the founders Victoria and Mark met while studying Masters Degrees in Applied Art Ceramic & Glass at The Royal College of Art London) and are passionately driven to create hand crafted and custom-made products that will with any luck be cherished by future generations.
There are around 14 signature products, from the Arts and Crafts-inspired Flora Pendant to the sleek mid century Retro Light, and all can be tweaked to your personal specifications. Furthermore, the team offers a bespoke service, to design and produce special one-off projects. This is where it can get exciting, as the possibilities of what glass can achieve are tested.
Their hard work is paying off, with bespoke projects ranging from an installation in the Lobby of the Hilton Hotel Wembley, London, bars all over the UK and Europe, being a fixture in Ted Baker retail in the UK, U.S, Malaysia and Hong Kong to including Nando's and Starbucks as clients.
Such dedication to your craft requires absolute passion and faith that what you are doing will find patronage, and we hope that in some small way the Detail Collective can add it's voice to illuminate (couldn't resist) the sheer beauty and heritage of Rothschild & Bickers products.
Have you got a favourite amongst these?
We'd also love to hear if you know any Artisan or Creative who is out there beavering away to keep a dying craft alive.