Lauren Rottet brings her refined aesthetic to the products
Lauren Rottet was captivated by Houston’s skyscraper boom of the early 1980s. “Watching all these tall buildings go up so fast was fascinating,” the designer recalls. When she had the chance to peek inside a few of them, she says she was “disappointed by their lack of appeal”. Eventually tasked with the interiors of many of these skyscrapers herself, Rottet vowed to transcend the bland spaces she had glimpsed before.
Rottet’s first contact with architecture dates back to his childhood, when the Waco, Texas native built little stone houses for horned toads, a passion that was nurtured – after a false start in pre-school studies. -medical and artistic – at the University of Texas at Austin. After working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she co-founded a design practice, Rottet launched his eponymous studio in Houston in 2008 (it now has offices in New York and Los Angeles) moving between residential, hotel, commercial and office realms.
In 2017, she unveiled the Rottet-Collection, a range of furniture and lighting adapted to his minimal and lyrical pieces influenced by the Light and Space movement. For example, there is the sculptural Artis swivel chair covered in mohair, as well as the marble-clad walking bench, whose angled legs give the illusion of an elegant walk. There’s also the dichroic side table made from sheets of glass stained with metal oxide to refract light and a 20th century-inspired rattan sofa.
Whatever object or space is in front of her, Rottet knows that the design will ultimately reflect “a solid thought that I have in mind,” she explains, citing her Float chair as an example. Mixing solid walnut and acrylic, it was born from the idea that “people don’t really think about a chair before sitting in it. I thought it would be interesting to create something that someone would have to look at and wonder, “Can I sit in it?” “Will that hold me back?
Like his architecture and design projects, which currently include a residential tower in San Francisco and hotel properties in Austin, Milwaukee and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Rottet’s products are imbued with a sense of movement and discovery, and she considers them all to be handmade items. numbered collectibles. They go back to a time, she adds, when buying furniture was a commitment — when it was “a little more handmade, a little more valuable.”
This article originally appeared in HD Product market number 2022.