New partnership was announced at the Stockholm Design Week in February, and debuted with a dining table and chair, sofa, and two storage units
A collaboration between Jason Miller and Portuguese furniture brand De La Espada launched at Stockholm Design Week in February. The Brooklyn-based industrial designer and founder of lighting brand Roll & Hill created a body of work that captures the sumptuous qualities of a traditional American aesthetic in a more modern design language, while focusing on harnessing the woodworking expertise of his manufacturing partner. The result is furniture with elegant joinery, complex forms, and luxuriously tactile surfaces.
“When I was in school, and just out of school, I worked as a carpenter. I have always liked the humanity of wood. It’s one of those materials like stone, ceramic, glass that humans have been using for centuries and will continue to use into the future. I think De La Espada has a respect for the material that comes through in the products,” Miller says.
De La Espada appreciated the way Miller’s work combines decorative elements with contemporary design: “Jason built his company on an awareness that a wide range of interiors would benefit from this kind of language, which was missing from the European design scene. As such, as we grew to appreciate Jason as a creative director of his business as well as a designer on his own merit, we felt that this company would benefit from tapping into this energy,” explains De La Espada founder, Luis De Oliveira.
Jason Miller’s product line for De La Espada, which launched with a dining table and chair, sofa, and two storage units, is inspired by the juxtaposition of old and new design increasingly found in Brooklyn brownstones. A current housing trend sees 100-year-old brownstones being renovated with modern elements while retaining original details such as ornate fireplaces, moldings and woodwork. The products capture this juxtaposition of time, purpose, and aesthetics allowing them to work in a variety of environments.
“I try to design things that the designers I admire will like … but also things my mother would want to have in her home. I think this is possible.”
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