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Tom Rossau

Istedgade 59
1650 Copenhagen

Self-taught Danish designer Tom Rossau, started his current career in the 90’s. He started to design and sew leather clothes and eventually opened a shop in Copenhagen, in 1997. Tom has since 2004 worked mainly with natural wood veneers. At first these lights were only available from the shop on Istedgade, but in 2006 the TR4-TR7 was 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 Toms own words:

“The design process is actually quite selfish to me. It may be that the end consumer gets his or her need covered by the product, but in all honesty 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 suddenly starts misbehaving and 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 determination process of limits and potentials of materials can be so 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. But all in all I’m a firm believer in coincidence and enhancement of the element of play in all design.”

With annual exhibitions at IMM Cologne and the Northern Light Fair in Stockholm the number of retailers sharing in the Tom Rossau story is expanding rapidly. The collection has continued to grow with the addition, in January 2010, of shelving units and a convertible coffee/dining table as well as new lamps.

“Ideally, the product covers the need of the customer – but in all honesty, I design for the kick that it gives me.”

Tom Rossau Flagship Store and Showroom
Frederiksberg Alle 5
DK – 1621 Copenhagen V
Tel: +45 5192 4717
E-mail: info@tomrossau.dk
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Blog Features


SS 2015 pencil trend

pencil design 2015
Something is going on in pencils in 2015 – it seams like a new focus is surfaced – We risk our reputation and point to a new contemporary trend in the furniture / living segment.
We are fund of new ideas, but even more curious when a designer integrate basic elements in new design. And since the good old pencil are no longer is use by most designers and people at large why not give it a new assignment in design – because it’s still a cool object whether used in a more traditional way or not!
Our Danish Craftsmen Tom Rossau joined the club of enthusiastic designers and craftsman who found a new use for this fantastic and more than 150 year old invention.
made in copenhagen, denmark
Tom is famous for another iconic lamp, but perhaps this new model can create even more brand buzz for Tom Rossau.
made in denmark
Other designers tipped in during the last 12 month and they are making a wide range of possible new pencil icons. Perhaps it’s just because they needed new ideas or source of inspiration. But it’s rather funny taking into consideration that most designers have had a pencil close by for many years.
For now I just enjoy the new take on an old object.
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Last in this new trend, it seams like pencils has drawn the attention of not just designers but other creative minds as well – for them pencil lead is now used as a micro canvas. This is rather new to most but thanks to google picture search we found a range of this new art form – perhaps we all need to sharpen the pencil in a new way too.
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It seams like there is no turning back – SS 2015 pencil trend – How do you use your pencil?

When great furniture meets great lamps

Furniture designer and producer Ask Emil has started his exhibition together with lamp designer Tom Rossau at Tom’s showroom and boutique.

Ask Emil and Tom will be co-displaying their beautiful designs until Dec 29.  Go see.


Uncompromising design by Ask Emil Skovgaard and Tom Rossau

Two of Copenhagen’s most iconic designers joint forces and exhibit organic furniture and lamps in combinations not seen before – all designs pointing to a beautiful and uncompromising direction. The two present handmade icons at Vesterbro from November to end December. The exhibit takes place in a satellite workshop, to understate craftsmanship, the process and unique importance of local production.

The exhibition is situated at Frederiksberg Alle 5 at Frederiksberg in Copenhagen. Open daily from the 1st of November until 29th of December 2012 – between 11am – 6pm.