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Downtown by Roderick Vos

Milan 2010: Dutch designer Roderick Vos will present a shelving unit designed to reference Art Deco skyscrapers in Milan this week.

Called Downtown, the furniture is made of square metal tubes with wooden horizontal platforms and matt black vertical planes.

Vos created the design for Dutch brand Linteloo. It will be on show in the Zona Tortona district 14-19 April.

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The following information is from Roderick Vos:



The construction and shapes of Roderick Vos’ latest design remind of a classic building in Art Deco style. With its impressive 180 cm height and optional illumination the show case is an eye catcher even without content. Just like in architecture the owner determines the function: book tower, audio rack, mini bar, trophy shelf et cetera. If necessary Downtown is all at the same time.

Roderick Vos is one of the talented Dutch designers Linteloo regularly works with. The current collection counts several pieces designed by Roderick, like the circular Nureyev bookcase, the Tulipani chair and the Vanity reading table. For his Downtown ‘show case’ the designer used the same square metal tube as in Vanity to construct a sky high creation.

Squaring the circle

The structure of Downtown is made of square tube that partly has been lasercut in several circular shapes. Vos thus created a three dimensional frame with round as well as rectangular surfaces. The horizontal ones are covered with a wood veneer of Ebony or Black Frake; the vertical panels are coated matt black like the rest of the frame. Downtown is available with and without integrated illumination.

Vos about Downtown

“The object is an original and functional interpretation of ‘how to store’ in this new century. Nowadays we use our living room from floor to ceiling. Downtown lightens up our space as a temple or tower to honor our memories, putting little statues, souvenirs and books. In a way Downtown reminds me of American ‘Art Deco’ buildings, like the famous Victor Hotel in Miami.

About Linteloo

From the headquarters in Zeist, in the heart of The Netherlands, Linteloo brings together international designers and European craftsmen to create contemporary furniture that lasts for years. The new collection is exclusively designed for Linteloo and for sale through an international network of authorized dealers.

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