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Bold from Brooklyn

Photo by Scott Benedict

Knotty Bubbles by Lindsey Edelman. Photo by Scott Benedict. Source: Roll & Hill

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. We are inspired by bold forms of lighting fixtures made by a Brooklyn-based Roll & Hill, a studio founded by Jason Miller in 2010. Miller’s vision was to make lighting for American market. European brands that dominated the market at the time had, to designer’s view, alien aesthetics to American consumer. Comfortable, rich, solid, simple, durable — are what was sought after by the US lighting aficionados.

Roll & Hill is not after mass market and makes one fixture at a time. Their web-site states 16 weeks production time. Fittings are made by hand and the studio collaborates with several talents from around the area: Lindsey Edelman (her Knotty Bubbles above) or Rosie Li (the fixture below was inspired by the famous painter Frank Stella, below).

Stella Hexagon by Rosie Li. Source: Roll & Hill

Stella Hexagon by Rosie Li. Source: Roll & Hill

James Miller designs are rich in historical context. Endless (photograph below) is brought from 70’s approach when large graphic elements were taken into architecture. This product comes in a variety of options and materials. Studio craftsmen use contemporary light sources. We have noticed the use of LED bulbs (though further specs missing) and typical for the US Triac (or thyristor) dimming. European or Middle East specifications would ask for DALI for better controls integration.

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Endless by Jason Miller. Source: Roll & Hill

We wish Roll & Hill further success around the world, and hope one day to see their creations live!

Sources: Roll & Hill website, Fast Company, Port Magazine

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