Roderick Vos (1965) studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. After having gained experience with Ingo Maurer in Munich and Kenji Ekuan in Tokyo, he settled in Indonesia from 1990 to 1996.
From 1996 to 2004 he was one of the driving forces behind the famous Maupertuus furnishing store in Groningen. Since 2004, he has been focussing entirely on product design in collaboration with his wife, Claire Teeuwen, also a designer, from Heusden Vesting in Brabant, The Netherlands.
The Roderick Vos Studio works for many Dutch and foreign companies including – apart from Durlet – names like Alessi, Driade, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Spectrum, Moooi, and Van Esch.
As a designer, Roderick Vos has a special, often intuitive, way of working. From a small sketch, which is immediately worked out to actual scale, an initial prototype follows. This allows him to literally come into touch with every aspect of form, the handling of the materials and production during the creative process, and that is why many of his products, despite an industrial semblance, retain a typically craftsmanlike appeal.
Quote: “I feel the idea behind a design is something personal and essentially irrelevant. The final product designed by me has to be able to ‘tell its own story.’ Only in this way does a product earn its right to exist. I detest intellectual stories about simple everyday objects.”
For him, factory visits are of vital importance. Quote: “technology always feeds me with the best ideas for new designs. Of course, I eventually come up with a detailed product drawing, but I only do that after the product is ready.”
Various products designed by The Roderick Vos Studio are included in museum collections, such as The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (products for the Italian company Driade).