Designer Nick Ross studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen on the Industrial Design program where he was awarded the Arts & Heritage prize for his graduation project in 2008. In early 2009 he moved to Rotterdam to work under Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny and later moved to Stockholm to work for FRONT until the spring of 2010.
In 2011 he became a tutor at Gray’s School of Art and worked there until enrolling on the masters program in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack in Stockholm where he received his MFA in 2013. Upon graduating he worked as assistant to Matti Klenell until founding his own studio in early 2014.
Soft Capital is a fine, practical marble candle holder. You can use the narrow end for regular tall candles and turn it around and use the wide end for tea lights. The design is done with reference to the great, impressive pillars of Ancient Rome. Nick Ross explains, “Soft Capital is inspired by the capitals in ancient Roman temples. A Capital connects the pillar to the ceiling or the arches, which it bears. I wanted to take this basic but beautiful form and give it a new softer look.”
When asked where he gets his inspiration, Nick Ross replies, “I am inspired by history and how it affects the way we see things today. Ancient crafts or values in craft give them a magical quality today. I believe we can add this lost magic to contemporary domestic goods as well. By understanding the past we can add more soul to the present.”