ligne roset's antoine roset

Having just been to Milan it's lovely to be writing about a company that has a long-standing design tradition and is a regular at the Salone Internationale del Mobile 2010. Ligne Roset was founded in Briord, France, in 1860 and the company is still in family hands. But while it's steeped in tradition, Ligne Roset is thoroughly modern. Just look at one of my favourites, the "Harry" sofa by Eric Jourdan. It's built on the lines of the past but is without a doubt a sofa of this time. Antoine Roset, pictured, is the great-great-grandson of the founder (also called Antoine) and overseas the company's North American operations. He grew up in Lyon, worked in Paris and now lives in New York.

Which five words best describe you? Creative, loyal, honest, dedicated and impulsive


What was your first career job and what path have you taken since? I started as a merchandiser for IWC France, then I rapidly changed to a sales manager in France for the same company. I arrived in the US almost fours years ago as sales manager for Roset USA and for almost three years I have been running the North American Subsidiary of the Roset Groupe.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Don’t trust anyone in business until the deal is done. There are less and less gentlemen in the business world.

What’s your proudest career achievement? My career has been too short so far, and recently the economy too slow… I hope that I will be able to answer this question soon.

What’s been your best decision? Moving to New York almost 4 years ago… New York is the best city ever.

Who inspires you? My Family. I'm quite proud that we've made it 150 years.

What are you passionate about? I really like lighting. I am a big fan of Ingo Maurer’s work. I also enjoy art and cars.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? The pope and the Rolling Stones.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? I am not sure how to answer this question. I am a 30-year-old single guy, so I have many dreams in my head that I want to fulfil.

What are you reading? My iPad!

images courtesy of ligne roset