INTRODUCING NICK ROSS
Nick Ross is the second of our PN1 designers to be featured on our website and take over our Instagram stories.
Nick is a Swedish-Scottish designer living and working in Stockholm. He creates visually restrained design objects that draw on a complex repertoire of history to create bridges between past and contemporary.
PAVILION NORDICO team member Nele Ruckelshausen asked him about his work, inspiration, and the PN1 residency.
Where did your interest in design originate, and where are you currently at in your career as a designer?
I have been running my studio full time in Stockholm since 2014, where I work with both furniture design, installation, and one-off objects. Most of my work looks at the role of history and storytelling in how we perceive the world around us. This was something I learnt from my Grandfather, who was both an avid collector of Scandinavian modernist furniture and a massive history enthusiast.
What do you have in mind for the PN1 residency?
I am working on a small collection of furniture made in a local wood called Algarrobo. Its a super dense hardwood with a deep red tone, and from what I'm told its seen as a wood of high quality, but not one used by contemporary designers.
What surprised you the most about working with your Argentine collaborators?
In terms of how the local designers and craftspeople work, the internet and social media has really brought us all closer together in our working methods and reference points. So I have to say I was expecting more things to be lost in translation. In terms of the wider culture in Buenos Aires at least, its been fascinating to see ways in which Spanish, Italian, American and indigenous elements have been brought together to create new experiences.
Is there a particular Argentine designer or artist you find inspiring?
I've been looking at a lot of work by architect and artist Clorindo Testa recently, after seeing the Banco de Londres building in Buenos Aires, which is a totally mad looking brutalist building he designed in 1966. I am also fascinated by the fact he produced art as well as architecture.
What experiences will you take away from having participated in PN1?
I think the main thing is hanging out with the other designers and artists during the residency. The constant flow of knowledge there is very inspiring.
If you want to learn more about Nick's work and process, be sure to check out the PAVILION NORDICO Instagram stories over the next days. And check back in soon to read about our other designers!
Photo by Pale Grain