The Dutch based design studio Rive Roshan made a big impression with their interactive works during the Dutch Design week in 2019. This year the duo was invited to exhibit at Museum JAN in Amstelveen, a place that mainly focuses on contemporary works of glass art.
Rive Roshan started working on the exhibition during the pandemic which caused a direct influence on the work they were putting out. ‘Shifting Perspectives’ embodies our way of being and especially the way we had to change our lives during this global pandemic. Just like the objects in this exhibition we as humans have to continuously adjust to the new normal, but it also offers a moment to pause and reflect.
Ruben de la Rive Box and Golnar Roshan have been working together ever since they were colleagues at the Dutch design studio Marcel Wanders. This is where they put their graphic design skills to use between the worlds of product and interior design, which developed into a fascination with industrial design and more. For this exhibition the design duo experimented with glass creating works that muses on the different qualities of glass and it’s natural properties associated with glass, like sand to create it, to the light refracted through it.
Playing with movement, water, and light is an important theme within the design studio. Which surprised me to hear was that Roshan never thought of the link between her name and her own work; using light as a tool to shift perspectives and her last name Roshan meaning light or bright in Farsi. I guess without knowing she always carried this influence into their works of art.
Although the main focus of inspiration comes from nature and its materials there is an obvious playful reference to digital art. This is partly because of the work being interactive, but also because of the graphic design background of both designers.
After almost an hour observing the exhibition and deep conversations my curiosity arose and I asked them; what would be the next material you would like to explore?
Roshan explained; it is not so much the material but more the technique that they would like to explore. By collaborating with certain companies or people it would give them the opportunity to experiment and carry out certain ideas.
As most of their works have an interactive aspect to it, Ruben adds how they would love to collaborate with dancers or musicians. To me, that sounds like the perfect next step and I can’t wait for what is next! Big thanks to Ruben and Golnar for their honest and real conversation and of course Token PR for putting me in touch.