Jason Miller, founder of Roll & Hill
In Jason Miller’s life and work, it’s clear that quality comes before quantity. His apartment in the residential neighborhood of Carroll Gardens is an airy, classic Brooklyn space where Miller lives with his six-year-old daughter, Tuesday.
The quietly confident designer is known for his lighting, a blend of modernist geometry and American signifiers—Edison bulbs, deer antlers—an example of which hangs from the apartment ceiling like a heavenly constellation alongside paintings from Peter Halley and Tony Matelli. The designer’s story is a unique one. He studied painting at Indiana University before getting his MFA from the New York Academy of Art and working in the factory-like studio of the artist Jeff Koons before creating his own designs. Two years later a curator asked him to participate in an exhibition and he showed a lighting piece that immediately attracted attention, leading to his first commercially successful product.
He came to his current practice through participating in the ascendant Brooklyn art scene of the 2000s and his approach is defined by an openness to new ideas and collaboration. Through Roll & Hill, a company based in Industry City, a nearby complex of warehouses that have been refurbished into modern glass-and-steel office space, Miller manufactures designs for other artists and firms as well as his own work. The designer’s philosophy of careful experimentation and scaled modular production makes him a design voice well worth following.