Award-winning design studio, ROKOS, unveils its newest invention; the candle holder

May 16, 2021

A decorative object led by science, the candle holder is a unique creation that allows the user to determine the burn time by the amount of water poured into the holder.

Jim Rokos, Founder and Creative Director of ROKOS, explains: “The invention consists of a floating candle, the lower part of which is initially constrained so that it will burn at the vertical angle. As the candle gets shorter its bottom end rises upwards to the point that the constraint is no longer effective and the candle revolves over onto its side, extinguishing itself in the water. For less burn time, add more water.”

Named after its maximum burn time of 231 minutes, the ≲ 231 MIN is formed from the highest-quality, borosilicate glass, mouth-blown on a lathe using the same processes that create laboratory glassware.

The benefits of the design mean that candle waste is minimised and there is a reduced fire risk as a result of the self-extinguishing feature of the innovation. Its playful nature also lends itself well to dinner parties where the burn time can signify the end of the event and encourage guests to depart.

The versatile design can also double-up as a vase, making for a show-stopping centrepiece, whatever the occasion.

Measuring 32cm in height by 18cm in diameter, the hand-crafted ≲ 231 MIN weighs between 0.3 and 0.4kg. The design is currently available in two colours – clear or amber glass.


Jim Rokos is a multi award-winning designer who creates products of exceptional quality, made without compromise at any stage of the process, from design to manufacture. Rokos won the prestigious 2012 Red Dot Design award for the 13° 60° 104° Wine Decanter and the Enterprise Europe Network Award 2014 for the Gauge vase. The vase also won the German Design Award 2017 for Excellent Product Design.

In 2016, Jim curated the very first Dyslexic Design exhibition, which was designed by Ab Rogers and hosted by designjunction. The show challenged perceptions of dyslexia by accentuating its positive effects and its close association with design. Dyslexic Design is a Silver Winner in the London Design Awards; category: Pop-Ups, Display, Exhibit & Set Design. It was also nominated for the iF Social Impact Prize 2017 for Health & Demographic Change.

Working from his studio in London, Jim is passionate about creating playful, sculptural home décor that behave in unexpected ways. Coming to life when in use, each object in the collection has a distinct personality.

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