Jason Miller on Sight Unseen's American Design Hot-List

 

Jason Miller

New York,
In addition to maintaining his own studio practice, Miller gets major credit for having founded the preeminent contemporary American lighting brand Roll & Hill, which not only produces his own elegant designs but also provides a much-needed manufacturing platform for up-and-coming American talents.

What is American design to you, and what excites you about it?
American design is often a balance of new and old. When the balance is tipped too far in one direction, it becomes either alien or retro, neither of which is good. What’s exciting right now is that there’s a ton of really great work being created that finds the right balance. It’s a great time to be working in the US.

What are your plans and highlights for the upcoming year?
Through my studio, the biggest project this year is a furniture collection that I’m developing for De La Espada. I’m also working on a rug collection for a French manufacturer. Both will debut during New York Design Week. Roll & Hill will be launching new products again this year at EuroLuce and then in the fall in New York.

What inspires/informs your work in general?
I’m increasingly interested in interiors. While I’m still a product designer, it’s hard for me to think of products outside of a specific interior context. Furniture and/or lighting is never experienced on a white background — it’s part of a room. I think more and more about how the things I make will affect the rooms they inhabit.