Maker Monday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Andrea Rosso

Andrea Rosso is motivated by things that are beautiful and interesting. He draws on inspiration from culture, his Italian roots, and streetwear, to influence his contemporary lighting fixtures for Lodes, and for his personal fashion brand MYAR. His lighting concepts are architectural and dynamic, rendering the space they occupy fresh and unique. Having studied textile development and marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, it’s no wonder he’s managed to touch so many brands with his keen eye and thirst for pulchritudinous design principles. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Andrea Rosso.

“Vinyl” is a versatile, spun-metal ceiling and wall lamp, but it is also perfect as a suspension lamp. It is available in two sizes, 60 and 32 cm, and two finishes: silver and deep black.

“Vinyl” is a versatile, spun-metal ceiling and wall lamp, but it is also perfect as a suspension lamp. It is available in two sizes, 60 and 32 cm, and two finishes: silver and deep black.

Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Andrea Rosso: I am green, 100%. I love nature and I respect it so much!

Andrew: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Andrea: A peacock because of its beautiful colors. Its blue and green tones reflect the color of our planet.

Andrew: What makes you angry?
Andrea: I don’t like slowness and generally speaking I don’t like waiting for things/answers/people. But if it happens for a good reason and is worth it, then I wait. Some things are worth the wait!

Andrew: What is the last book you read?
Andrea: The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability [by Michael Braungart and William McDonough].

Andrew: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Andrea: More focus and attention to the material we use, to use less for creating more.

Captured above in a different orientation are the “Vinyl” lights. For wall and ceiling versions it is recommended to use shielded light bulbs for an indirect, grazing light effect on the surface, which will seem to vibrate.

Captured above in a different orientation are the “Vinyl” lights. For wall and ceiling versions it is recommended to use shielded light bulbs for an indirect, grazing light effect on the surface, which will seem to vibrate.

Andrew: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Andrea: With no transportation, be everywhere in the world.

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Andrea: Gin & tonic.

Andrew: What was your first job?
Andrea: Working at a warehouse.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Andrea: With 3 words: passionate, natural, dynamic.

Andrew: A book that everyone should read?
Andrea: Cradle to Cradle [by Michael Braungart and William McDonough].

Andrew: Do you prefer to wear loungewear when doing work-from-home or still prefer jeans and a shirt?
Andrea: Sweatpants forever!

Thanks to the contrast between the three cement finishes – soft gray, tough gray and pink dust – and the pure white of the diffuser’s internal surface, “Urban Concrete” gives a touch of material appeal and sophistication to any interior.

Thanks to the contrast between the three cement finishes – soft gray, tough gray and pink dust – and the pure white of the diffuser’s internal surface, “Urban Concrete” gives a touch of material appeal and sophistication to any interior.

Andrew: What did you rediscover about yourself during COVID?
Andrea: I’m a good cook!

Andrew: Which room in the house do you find yourself working from the most? Why? How does this inform your thoughts about architecture?
Andrea: The terrace, because it is half inside half outside and is full of plants. There is more fresh air there. It gives me the space to think without barriers.

Andrew: Where will be the first place you will travel to after COVID-19?
Andrea: I would love to go back to Japan.

Andrew: Who/what was your biggest supporter or motivator in these unsettling times?
Andrea: My girlfriend always!


About The Maker | Curiosity and passion are the two most distinguishing traits of Andrea Rosso’s personality. Born and raised in Bassano del Grappa, Andrea relishes living in his hometown where he can be close to his friends and family, and the lifelong creature comforts that fuel his creativity. Music, graphic art and flea markets are all important pursuits that help him steer his passion to exciting new heights.

Former Creative Director for 55DSL, since 2012 Andrea is the creative director of all Diesel licensed products. In his role, he coordinates the creative design team in the development of new products and guides the image and worldwide communication of all Diesel licensed products, with the aim to build a truly complete lifestyle brand.

In 2014 Andrea launched his own fashion project collecting all his passions: MYAR, a collection of used military originals that Andrea procured personally in vintage markets and old depots, hunting for functional details and fabrics and accessories no longer in production. After being sartorially refashioned, each garment acquires a contemporary fit and brings the history of the past into the present, looking into a future use.

2020 marks a new beginning for Diesel and Andrea, taking on new roles in the form of Diesel Sustainability Ambassador and Upcycling Artistic Director. In January, Diesel launched the brand’s ‘For Responsible Living’ strategy, a commitment to taking actions for the benefit of current and future generations. This was closely followed by the launch of Diesel Upcycling For, the first major initiative aligned with the strategy and brainchild of Andrea.


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