ABOUT TOM ROSSAU
Danish designer (born 1970).
Since 2004 he designs and produces of lightings made of wood veneers and a variety of other materials.
He and his co-workers work on a 700 sq.mt large area in the centre of Copenhagen, where he has both his workshop, offices and flagship store.
Tom Rossau's lightings are sold all over Europe and in the world through high end retailers, as well as often specified both in residential and hospitality projects.
SIMPLE. INVENTIVE. NAIVE.
LAMP DESIGNER TOM ROSSAU LIVES IN THE WORLD OF LIGHT. WITH LIGHT HIS PASSION LIES.
IT IS ABOUT THE GAME BETWEEN IDEAS AND MATERIALS, ABOUT THE SIMPLE MADE INTO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AND ABOUT BEING ALLOWED TO BE A LITTLE NAIVE.
700 square meters in an exclusive area of Copenhagen paints a picture of a visionary drive.
It’s here that Tom Rossau has his company, that mostly resembles an open and creative world through the symbol of light: showroom, store, workshop and art all together.
Even the production of the lamps takes place in open sight, behind big windows that face the busy street. ”Made in Denmark” is not just an expression.
Most of us live taking light for granted. For Tom Rossau, light is an essential need; something he constantly thinks about. The 43 year old designer admits that light is what first catches his attention in a room, and that bad lighting can change his mood drastically.
He usually has his mind on lights, shadows, materials and ideas, that release the dream of creating the perfect lamp.
“It’s the idea that motivates me. I love to be bored because to me it’s a creative place to be, a place where ideas can push forward.” he explains, sipping on a strong coffee in the company’s back offices.
This is what Tom Rossau is about, and also what he’s good at, extremely good at: to develop strange ideas into clear, simple, plain expressions. In Tom Rossau’s opinion, it takes great strength to be able to be naive. Naivety should not be interpreted as stupidity, or obstinate stubbornness, but instead as the ability to believe in something, to not conform to other people’s views, and to not give up on an idea until it is completely decrypted. The will to create something real, formed from an idea that has evolved and moulded into his final view.
JUST TWIST AN S
It speaks volumes that the entire present collection is mostly born from one specific model that did not work because of the nature of the materials. So Tom did something else with the idea, he moved it. “I love to run around confused and try out new materials, play, get it wrong and learn. This way I progress from the original idea to the prototype and design.” he says.
Even though Tom Rossau does not have children himself, he still plays, on a professional level, with ideas, materials, the complexity that culminate into the simplicity that shines through in his designs, because simple is beautiful. An example is his best-seller, the TR7 lamp, created by the simple idea of twisting a long stripe of birch, so it resembles an S. Repeat this process many times and the iconic, hourglass shaped lamp is born. A quite clear expression, and simple, too.
Tom looks out to the world seeking inspiration, and an artist and creative designer such as German Ingo Mauer's best works are among the ones that he isn't afraid to call 'heavenly', because they manage to include both the functionality and the game, resulting in beautiful, aesthetic products.
Tom's own designs begin primarily by experimenting with materials.
“To stand in one place and then explore the outside world in a relatively small radius is great. To mark the materials open the way to new opportunities" he explains.
Enthusiasm for lighting is clearly intact, and Tom Rossau acknowledges his fate with a smile. "I will never be finished making lamps" he says, and you believe him.
The coffee is drunk, but the day is not over. That's what happens when you live in the world of light with inventiveness as a driving force and simplicity as a goal. And preferably with a reasonable dose of naivety along the way.