J. Rotherham at Grand Designs

At Grand Designs Live- London, in partnership with Siematic, we are exhibiting a stunning quartz worktop, with a unique inlaid checkerboard design. This will be complemented with a bespoke marble champagne trough, inspired by the 17th century Ribera masterpiece of Silenus (taken from Greek Mythology, Silenus is Bacchus the god of wine’s tutor).

Making of the inlaid checkerboard worktop

The worktop is made from Gemini Quartz, Elysian Grey (50mm with Sailors Cap edge profile). The checkerboard design is made from Elysian Grey and Poseidon Black- two materials from our new mythology collection.

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 Making of the Marble Champagne Trough

Story behind the inspiration

silenusThe Silenoi were followers of Dionysus. They were drunks, and were usually bald and fat with thick lips and squat noses, and had the legs of a human. Later, the plural “silenoi” went out of use and the only references were to one individual named Silenus, the teacher and faithful companion of the wine-god Dionysus.

A notorious consumer of wine, he was usually drunk and had to be supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. Silenus was described as the oldest, wisest and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus, and was said in Orphic hymns to be the young god’s tutor.

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