Award-winning, self-taught Danish designer Tom Rossau started his career in the basement of his parent’s house in Denmark. LEGO was the main companion to his vivid imagination. In the 90s, Tom picked up the thread where he’d left it some years before. He started to design and sew leather clothes and in 1997 he eventually opened a shop in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Since 2004, Tom has worked mainly with natural wood veneers. At first these lamps were only available from the old shop on Istedgade in Copenhagen, but in 2006 the TR4, TR5, TR6 and TR7 were introduced to a broader audience at Copenhagen Furniture Fair, where the TR7 received the Audience Favorite Award.
Although the business is expanding Tom still holds on to the core. And the core is design. In Tom’s own words:
“The design process is actually quite selfish – I do for the kick that it gives me. It’s quite a thrill to get an idea out of the blue, to work with it, to get caught up in it, to be totally consumed by the details from the early drawings over prototypes and on to production. Then there’s the magic experience when the material intended to do one prototype reveals unintended characteristics and all there is to do is to dive right in and explore these new possibilities. Inspiration comes from all around, but the process of working out the limits and potential of various materials can be very interesting. At times it would be more appropriate to refer to the material as the designer and I the mere help, fetching screws and fastening lose ends. With functionality, sustainability, and energy consumption as obvious issues of all design, it becomes an even more intriguing task to meet the demands of the end consumer. All in all I’m a firm believer in coincidence and enhancement of the element of play in all design.”