Coffee tables / side tables
by Roderick Vos
With his coffee table series ‘IWA’—Japanese for ‘stone’—, Roderick Vos celebrates the hidden aesthetics of humble plywood. The stratification of this undervalued material, commonly used in construction, creates the most amazing effect when a stack of sheets is milled into an undulating silhouette. Exposing the variations in colour, suddenly large flames appear to be licking their way up the sides, meeting their counterparts in the oak-veneered top. Appearing to be sculpted by nature, like a rock that has eroded over time, ‘IWA’ is in fact a feat of human ingenuity and technology.
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.