Roderick Vos about the design process of his coffee table 'SAN'
'The idea for this table emerged in the wood factory, when I was looking at a CNC (computer numerical control) router, cutting an angled pattern in a rectangular plane. Actually, this is how most of my ideas come about, from LINTELOO’s ‘Isola’ to the ‘San’. I am just not the kind of designer who can simply sit at his desk and start drawing. I have to go out, on an adventure. And factories are where it all happens. For me, that is where I get the best ideas for an interesting design. I am more of a do-er, and this process suits me best.
I realized I could use my basic concept for a series of coffee tables, with an exciting, Escher-esque feel. Plus, I had never seen a table like it, which triggered me to delve in deeper. I don’t enjoy ‘repeating’ what has already been done by other designers. I really want to add something new.'
'Strangely, this concept brought back childhood memories. Folding paper airplanes, in a way that reminds you of Japanese origami. Beauty can often be so simple. It is as if you are folding a sheet of paper in half, but not perfectly, so that the corners do not match up. This is the basic principle of San’s design—a sort of origami, but with wood rather than paper.
By folding the flat 2D rectangle over three times, and each time slightly off-kilter, this 3D image emerges, with the two-tiered tabletop protruding over the sides. And once I had developed this idea, I realized that these 3D elements could then be used as jigsaw pieces, creating all kinds of interesting configurations. I love it when a design leaves room for personal input from the end-user, allowing people to add a playful element to their interior. With just two elements, you can create five different arrangements. But obviously, using just one already adds excitement to a room—great to look at and definitely a conversation piece. In my opinion, this typifies the LINTELOO collection: playful and iconic.'
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.