Widely credited with starting the back-to-nature movement, Miller talks about designing ahead of trends and his new ‘Endless’ lighting system.
This week, PSFK will be interviewing a variety of designers — both established and up-and coming, to give a preview of what to look forward to at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), taking place this Friday through Monday in New York. This year, the majority of designers will be displaying their work at the Jacob K. Javits center, and we’ve asked them to give us some insights into what they will be displaying, their design process, where to find them in the center, and which booths they’ll be checking out in their free time.
We asked Jason Miller of Roll & Hill to share some thoughts and images about his work and the work of others with us.
What are you preparing to show at this year’s ICFF?
I am showing two new products with Roll & Hill. One is a modular lighting system called Endless. The other is a series of wall lights called Odds & Ends. I also did a special project with Lindsey Adelman that will be for sale at The Future Perfect.
How would you briefly describe your design process?
My design process is always different. Some projects are very computer intensive. Some go right from a sketch to a product. I almost never know.
Have any recent design trends influenced your current work?
That’s a hard question to answer. I would hope that I am designing ahead of trends. However, since you can only recognize a trend after the fact, maybe I’m just a follower.
Who is the one designer whose work you will definitely be checking out at the show?
I always like looking at the work of Lindsey Adelman and Jonah Takagi.
Do you feel the ICFF show is evolving in a way which keeps pace with the design industry?
I wish ICFF would evolve faster however, my hope may be an impossibility. I wish there was a single United States furniture fair. Currently there are so many different fairs (ICFF, Highpoint, the hospitality show in Las Vegas, NeoCon, the list is endless) it’s impossible for one event to have a critical mass of interest.
Where will you be exhibiting during this year’s ICFF?
At Javits in booth 1926, at the Future Perfect and at a private event on Bond St.
As the culmination of all our ICFF coverage, PSFK will be hosting a Salon on the Future of Design featuring the editors of top design websites. The event will take place this Friday the 13th from 8:30 to 11am at Soho House.
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