Open Studios: Forward Thinking


Artist and furniture designer NJ Roseti is shaping the future through form and thought

The artist standing on the Low chair in Jatoba and Maple Pinstripe (Photo by Ekaterina Izmestieva).

Many makers use technology to create form and pattern, but the work of artist and furniture designer NJ Roseti feels as if it jumped out of a futuristic metaverse. The exaggerated, geometric- shaped pieces shaped out of mahogany, walnut veneer and plywood are handmade in his studio in Oakland. “I was studying to be an industrial designer at SCAD and soon realized I wanted to be an artist instead and create pieces with meaning and subjectivity,” says Roseti. “Those studies in industrial design, however, have influenced the sense of order I incorporate into my work.”

Inspired by the mesmerizing world of Peter Sedgley, he plays with form, color and finish to create hypnotic focal points. “His art is intriguing to me due to his pioneering role in the op art movement,” he remarks. “Sedgley’s work in this genre is captivating because it engages viewers with optical effects that challenge their perception and create a sense of movement and depth on a two- dimensional surface.”

With a very bright future ahead, Roseti is currently working on a group exhibit with six other artists at Alcova, Milan’s new show that will open for the first time during this year’s Miami Art Week. When asked what collaboration is at the top of his list, he remarks, “I dream about having a piece in the MoMa.” An aspiration that seems easily attainable for this visionary thinker.

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