DESIGNERS


REBECCA UTH


“The human being is the focal point of everything I do. I want to seduce, wonder and change people through objects. To me, design must relate to the body and soul and must be felt, tasted and seen – sometimes unexplained and on an inaccessible level, sometimes just an everyday wonder.”


Rebecca Uth has been a part of Ro Collection from the beginning and is the designer behind a large part of the collection. Today, Rebecca has her own design studio, Uth studio, but she is still designing products for Ro Collection.


Rebecca is a qualified ceramist and designer from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. She has collaborated with several national and international designers and has designed a number of products for Georg Jensen’s collection.


Rebecca has designed Bowl, Hurricane, Glass Candlestick, Chandelier and Light Piece for Ro Collection.




JAKOB WAGNER


“As a designer, one stages the relationship between object and user and the quality of the relationship depends on the designer’s ability to sense and decode all of the objects aspects while integrating credibility, knowledge, and seduction into the process.”


Jakob Wagner is an experienced industrial designer who works in depth with products for several international design brands. A sometimes playful approach coupled with a poetic dimension in a balanced and simple expression are Jakob Wagner characteristics. The relationship between single parts creates a sensual and intelligent whole for the idea, expression and meaning to a process where Jacob is never afraid to put himself at risk for development in the name of creativity.


Jakob has designed Mill & BBQ Tools for Ro Collection




NINA ERICHSEN


“I think of form through working with glass and ceramics. I think of objects. Functional objects that in addition to function, have a special material value. When people understand my language and when they see, use, and appreciate my objects, my goal is reached.”


Nina Erichsen is material-fetishist and loves working with glass and ceramics. She loves the possibility of transforming fragile, applicable, and organic materials into forms of function. Nina Erichsens sensuous design language develops through her work and merges design with subject to create coherent objects. Nina Erichsen is not only a passionate designer, she is also an associate professor at the School of Design Bornholm, where young talents are gaining better knowledge of design through Nina’s teachings, experience, and enthusiasm of material disseminated in both a practical and theoretical sense.


Nina has designed Flower Vase for Ro Collection




ASGER SOELBERG


“My goal is to make product design free of short-term trend and I don’t care much about fashion and style. In my opinion, a good product can withstand the test of time and have a quality that can endure a long lifespan, perhaps for generations.”


Asger Soelberg is a self-taught designer, and since 2004 he has been working professionally with design and product development. He has collaborated with a wide range of companies and designers including Paustian, DK3 and Martin Colberg. A long-standing friendship between Asger and Martin has formed the basis for numerous design collaborations based on their shared goal of creating furniture with a traditional approach to design and craft, while gently trying to renew this tradition. With a unique and intuitive understanding between the two, characterized by an open dialogue, they have designed the Salon chair and the Salon table series together.


Asger Soelberg has designed Salon chair, the Salon table series and Regatta armchair for Ro Collection.




LASSE SORTKJAER


” In my work as a designer, I draw on my experience from construction, which has given me a good understanding of materials and production technique; thus, my designs can be innovative and still commercial due to the fact that I know how they can be done easily.

I enjoy designing products that could last for decades.”


Lasse has a BA degree in Furniture Design from Teko, and in 2014 he started his own design studio DesignbySORTkjær. Since then, he has been designing products within both furniture and accessories category. Always with his high knowledge about materials and functionality in top of mind.


Lasse Sortkjaer has designed Oak Board for Ro Collection




AURÉLIEN BARBRY


“Design is an exercise where you take the simplest things in your daily life and ask yourself how they could be done differently. I want to move objects towards simplicity and create a dialogue with the end user. Reinstate everyday forms, simple and accurate.”


Aurélien Barbry is French but lives and works in Hamburg. He has extensive experience from his previous work as a designer for the world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel in Paris. In recent years, Aurélien has created products under his own name from his studio in Copenhagen/Hamburg. He has recently designed products for Danish brands like Le Klint, Normann Copenhagen and Georg Jensen.


Aurélien has designed Toolbox for Ro Collection




MIKKEL KARLSHØJ


"To capture nature in a product is important for me. Wood represent time and the beautiful veins in the wood is a work of art in itself. Often I find my self wanting to stop in the middle of the process to preserve that exact image of the moment."


Mikkel Karlshøj is a versatile artist who masters different art forms and materials. Lately he has engaged all his passion into woodturning, a craft which he masters to perfection after dedicated training. After working as a glassblower at Swedish Kosta Boda he finished his bachelor in glass design at The Academy of Fine Arts in Bornholm. His approach to his work comes from a deep love for craftmanship, materials and the surounding nature.


Mikkel has designed Oak Piece for Ro Collection.




PETER SERUP


“I am a craftsman and a creator at heart. I find my passion where visions come to life and where that which dose not yet exist becomes reality. I believe that the ultimate expression of design is refinement, to the point where nature itself could have been the architect”

 

Peter Serup is a trained joiner and furniture designer from the VIA design school in Herning. During his time in design school, he collaborated with Martin Colberg and Asger Soelberg and based on a shared passion for wood as a material and good design, they developed a close relationship. Just before Peters graduation he made his debut as a furniture designer with the beautiful Dodona table range. After graduation in 2020, Peter joined Martin Colberg at True North Designs, leading up to the acquisition by Ro Collection, where Peter now works as full time “Design Developer”

 

Peter has designed the Dodona lounge tables and the Pantry storage system.




MARTIN COLBERG


“To me, wood is the most beautiful and soulful material there is. If you’re making a thousand tables in the same shape, none of them will be the same - they will vary in both tone and grain drawings. This is part of why I find wood inherently beautiful. Perhaps even poetic.”


Martin Colberg entered the furniture industry by accident in 1993. After a short detour, he re-entered the industry in 2016 starting his own furniture agency. As a businessperson he has an entrepreneurial mindset. He is a great developer and have managed to get a lot out of a little by applying skills he already possesses and never being afraid to lean new ones. 


His ambition is to make furniture that are beautiful enough to make you want them in your home and strong enough to use in the workplace. He is passionate about re-vitalizing the Danish design tradition, by offering a voice to a new generation of Danish designers - and writing another chapter to the Nordic design tradition, that we so proudly see as an important part of our heritage. Martin is currently participating in “Denmarks Next Classic”, a Danish TV show.  


Martin has been a part of the design processes on all of Ro Collections furnitures.