I take my cues from everyday objects, nature, the world around me, something as basic as a leaf – simplicity and elegance on the surface, but with an amazing underlying complexity.
Jo Roessler of Nojo Design specializes in custom and limited edition residential and commercial solid wood furniture, each piece designed and handcrafted by Roessler. And while his style has been variously described as “modern,” “architectural” and “Japanese-influenced,” he eschews such neat categorizations of his work. “I don’t have a rulebook or dogma about adhering to one particular style,” he says, “I take my cues from everyday objects, nature, the world around me, something as basic as a leaf – simplicity and elegance on the surface, but with an amazing underlying complexity.”
Keeping the business small – Nojo’s entire workforce consists of Roessler – is a conscious choice which has enabled him to invest in his own growth, honing and developing his craft over the years. “If I added more people I would definitely be able to pump out more product,” says Roessler, “but the integrity of the work would suffer, and the standard I set for my pieces means it ultimately wouldn’t make any difference in price or turnaround time.”
Roessler has been designing under the moniker of Nojo Design for twenty years. His work is exhibited at prestigious and jury-entried design and craft shows throughout the eastern United States. He has been featured on Home and Garden Television, and written up in numerous books and periodicals.