Jason Miller opened his Brooklyn-based design studio, Roll & Hill, in 2010 to satisfy his desire “to make products that appeal to the American market.” Nestled somewhere between mass production and custom design, Roll & Hill creates lighting fixtures that assume a classic form and style while appealing to a contemporary American sensibility. As Miller sees it, Americans prefer more warmth and visual weight than their European modernist counterparts, who are stylistically rooted in minimalism.
Miller came onto the design scene in a big way in 2003, not long after opening Jason Miller Studio, with the introduction of his Superordinate Antler Collection, a presage to the rustic chic aesthetic that emerged in the next few years. That sculptural collection exemplifies Miller’s approach, which blurs the boundary between art and design. This is unsurprising because his background includes an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, work in the studios of sculptor Jeff Koons and designer Karim Rashid and a stint as art director at the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather – diverse experiences that led to a dedicated career in product design. Since opening, Roll & Hill has evolved to produce not only Miller’s designs but also those by Lindsey Adams Adelman, Jonas Damon, Paul Loebach, Rich Brilliant Willing and Jonah Takagi. With Roll & Hill, Miller aims to create luxury lighting designs that are “unique, responsible, innovative and add beauty to whatever space they occupy.”