Glass artist Simon Lewis Wards is no relation to Janice Kumar-Ward – but he might as well be. The two have been close friends since their early teens.

Simon is known for his joyful Pop Art style and the colourful pieces that play on his Kiwi-as childhood – jet-plane lollies and the power poles he would spot from the car window on road trips for instance.

The Mr and Mrs Ward candlesticks he has created with Janice and Julian may be more grown up, but they retain that same ebullience. “I wanted a candlestick with a clean aesthetic that would hold a basic white ‘National’ candle you can buy at the supermarket,” explains Janice, “something that would celebrate the pure form of glass.”

Over dinner at the Wards, Simon and Janice nutted out a series of three cuboid forms – small, medium and large-sized candlesticks that would look great grouped as a trio but could also be appreciated (and bought) individually. Then, at the furniture-making factory, Julian built the wooden moulds for the candlesticks that are cast using the lost-wax technique at Simon’s workshop in the old Montana winery in the west Auckland suburb of Titirangi.

One trio is made in ‘warm’ colours (apricot, pink and citrine), the other in ‘cool’ tones (lime, olive and pale lime) but all are superb examples of translucent simplicity. “I’ve never embarked on a collaborative design before,” says Simon, “so it was great to be doing my first one with such a good friend.”

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