An ‘obi’ is a broad sash worn round the waist of a Japanese kimono. It is also
the name of a group of islands in the Indonesian province of North Maluku.
Dutch designer Roderick Vos has a love of all things Asian. His series of ‘Obi’
tables was in fact inspired by the shape of Balinese offering plates. Upscaling
their size and simplifying the traditional silhouette led to what quickly became
an iconic table.

Roderick Vos

Dutch designer Roderick Vos (1965) graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1990, upon which he and his wife Claire, a textile designer, upped sticks and went to live in Surabaya, Indonesia. There, Roderick further developed his interest in Asian culture and its designs, an interest he was quite literally born with, being part Asian himself. Once back ‘home’ in the Netherlands, Roderick and Claire established ‘Studio Roderick Vos’ in beautiful Heusden Vesting, in 1999. In his design aesthetics, Roderick feels less connected with post-modernism than with the Platonic philosophy that every soul desires the good, the true and the beautiful. So, that is what he tries to achieve. ‘I want to make people happy with beautifully useful pieces. Objects that exude aesthetic pleasure. Strong shapes that feel beautiful, good and true.’ We at Linteloo feel he succeeds in his achievements, each and every time.