Earnest Studio, founded by American-born, Netherlands-based designer Rachel Griffin.

— Hello Rachel how are you?

Hello, I’m well, thanks! I have just returned from some weeks of travel and am happy to be back in the studio. Also, it’s sunny here in Rotterdam, which is rare and definitely something to get excited about.

— Can you introduce yourself?

I am an American-born, Rotterdam-based product, lighting, furniture and (occasional) graphic designer.

— Where does your interest in design come from?

I was interested in design before I knew what it really was; as a child, I spent as much time typesetting my book reports as writing them. Nowadays, I am inspired by material and functional form.

— Can you explain to us one of your projects?

Our most recent project — the “Mill” table lamp — draws inspiration from the dexterity of the basic sphere. Balanced on a hollow cone and connected using gravity, the continuous three-dimensional symmetry of the form operates as a simple but limitless joint with an exceptionally wide range of motion.

— Do you have a favorite material to work with?

No. I work quite a bit with stone — the textures and colours are too pretty — but every material has special properties that are interesting to investigate.

— A designer that you admire?

There are too many to name. So many people are innovating in different ways. No matter how small or how large, I always find that admirable.

— Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?

Books about making, craft and industry have been helpful in bridging the gap between my non-industrial education and my (increasingly) industrial work. Dieter Rams’ “Ten Principles for Good Design” is also a nice mantra to circle back to every so often.

— The last word…


Pictures & projects by Earnest Studio.

Interview: Dennis Moya and Tiffany Bähler, 08.16