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Modern Day Rosies

Rosie is our company named after the industrious people who won the second great war by building the equipment and weapons. They built everything with their hands, tools and manually controlled machines.

We love the quality and heft of things made in the WWII era. When you pick up a simple appliance, camera or tool produced in the mid-century, you know it was made to last generations. Our hearts break to pick up today’s plastic toaster or flimsy lamp.

Where did it all go?

Nowhere. That manufacturing might of WWII has always been alive and well here. It lives in obsessive makers and zealous fabricators all around us. Hidden in plain sight. They work in those little buildings, sheds, and barns you see while driving a country road.

If you stopped in, you’d see amazing things. Apparatuses, contraptions, machines whirling, chopping, drilling, cutting, spraying. The symphony of manufacture. A few people in a shop. Building beautiful, useful objects for a select few. Quality and design can never be mass produced. It must have character. It must have a spark of its maker embedded. That little imperfection, that quirky notch. That’s the signature of the human being who made it for you.

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee. February 1943. Photo Credit: Photograph Courtesy of the Library of Congress # LC-USW361-295 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a “Vengeance” dive bomber, Tennessee. February 1943. Photo Credit: Photograph Courtesy of the Library of Congress # LC-USW361-295

Our Design Team

Jen Koss
Jen Koss Furniture Designer

I come from a long line of builders and designers. Raised in a progressive household, both my mom and dad encouraged me to use power tools, build things, and be creative. For 20-years I’ve channeled my creativity and productivity into the tech industry with great success. But the desire to create physical objects people can use, always takes hold.

Now for something completely different. I’ve traded my computer for power tools, sandpaper, and stain. I love the smell of raw wood. The feel of heavy metal. I aim to make something simple but complex. I’m searching for a perfect form to provide exquisite function.

Over time I’ve discovered there are three key components influencing my design:
  1. Scandinavian Heritage: I’m moved by simplicity and functionality. It’s in my bones and spirit. I find peace and authenticity in the unpretentious. I challenge myself that each piece I design be bold, to embrace others, and not hide behind excess and clutter.
  2. Respect of Resources: I use only what I need, repurposing and up-cycling wherever possible and continually looking for places to reduce. I’m deliberate in my process for practically and quality of my materials. This highlights natural beauty. I engage in mutuality beneficial partnerships with other artisans and craftsmen.
  3. Purposeful Living: I design my pieces to enhance and foster relationships. Furniture should support and provide the backdrop for everyday life. Not be the center of it. It can’t be too pretty to use.
Blair Koss
Blair KossLighting Designer

The genesis of my love of lighting was the theatre. Setting the mood. Highlighting the protagonist. Figuring out a way to make the fairies in Midsummer fly without cables. Problem solving at its best. Telling a story with color and hue. I also loved writing and painting.

Fond memories.

I came out of college with a degree in Production Operations and Industrial Engineering. Time to get to work.

Being part of a team at manufacturing plants in automotive and aerospace industries was the beginning of my vocation. We made real things.

I Loved it.

Then a career in management consulting happened. For twenty-five years. Traveling the world, working for some of the world’s largest companies. A successful and exciting experience.

Then a decision. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over. Never have. I left the consulting world with the ambition to design and build real things again.

I love the challenge of designing things people love. Figuring out how to make the item. Pulling together the necessary suppliers to source materials. Finding a way to scale up production is magic. This is fun stuff.

I design Rosie lighting products. I build and wire the prototypes and one-of-a-kind camera lights. I have a great love of Thomas Edison and his warm glow filament bulbs. You’ll find them in most of my lights.

Plug one in, lower the dimmer and open a bottle of wine. You’ll find yourself staring into the amber glow like it’s a fire on February night. Enjoy and be inspired.

Erika BeckmanClient Design Specialist