Refillable Candle by Lotte de Raadt & Sara Vignoli
The 'Refillable Candle' series is a unique collection of candle holders, designed to make your own candles with rapeseed wax. The objects were designed by different designers, in honor of the 15th anniversary of Vij5. The basic idea is that you buy a candle holder once, which you can then keep using for a longer period of time by refilling it each time with rapeseed wax, a sustainable alternative to paraffin.
Lotte de Raadt & Sara Vignoli experimented with a very old decorative technique normally used on fabric and known as "Batik," by hand-painting porcelain cups with rapeseed wax. A wax pattern is applied to the porcelain, followed by an additional layer of color based on natural iron sludge (primal). After high-temperature firing, the wax disappears and the pattern is fixed on the surface.
The beauty of this candle holder is that the porcelain is translucent, allowing light to pass through. When the candle is lit, this allows you to see the pattern even better!
Each candle holder comes standard with a refill set; consisting of approximately 600 grams of rapeseed wax (for 2 or 3 refills), a series of wicks, a wick holder and instructions for use. If you run out of rapeseed wax granules, you can order a new refill set through our webshop.
Alternatively, a set of rapeseed wax tea lights is also available.
Free shipping within the Netherlands from €75 euro, on all accessories, lighting & small furniture.
Free shipping of accessories & lighting to Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg & Denmark from €150.
A "refillable candle" is a mold/container that can be easily (re)filled with liquid candle wax to form a candle.
In 2021 Vij5 existed 15 years, therefore prior to DDW we invited all the designers we work with under the Vij5 collection to create a "refillable candle" Design. An overview of their unique Design was on display in the Vij5 showroom during DDW 2021. The designers were given carte blanche, allowing their different handwriting to stand out in the final product. As a result, the exhibition showed a wide range of personal interpretations and at the same time formed an interesting unity, just like the Vij5 collection.
For this project, we are working with rapeseed wax: a local, safe and easy-to-process product as a sustainable alternative to paraffin candles. Another advantage of rapeseed wax is that it has a relatively low melting point, which makes the container easy to clean with hot water and soap or in the dishwasher (if the material of the container allows it).
Want to know more about this project?
Check out our Dutch Design Week 2021 blog post for more background on the 'Refillable Candle' project.
Lotte de Raadt & Sara Vignoli
checked and packed by Vij5, locally produced in the Netherlands
Refill set 600 grams of rapeseed wax + wicks, 6x Rapeseed wax tea lights 6cm