Rosie Li is a Chinese-born American designer focusing on sculptural lighting. Lifelong interests of drawing and sculpture led her to attend Rhode Island School of Design, where Li graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Furniture Design. Shortly after graduating, she launched her design career by partnering with Roll & Hill to produce ‘Stella’ – a series of Op Art-inspired mirror sconces.
Li’s love for lighting design eventually grew into her eponymous studio practice, where she blends geometric forms with organic elements. Her works challenge visual perception and blur the lines between product and sculpture. Rosie Li currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Founded in New York, Rosie Li Studio is a lighting design practice formed by designer Rosie Li and engineer Philip Watkins.
The duo forgoes traditional lamp design for building systems driven by science and mathematics, constructing fixtures using modular parts with a focus on simple geometry and pared-down forms. This adaptability allows light fixtures to achieve a sculptural quality by consciously responding to their environments and seamlessly integrating into the surrounding space.
Parts are fabricated in-house or culled from local vendors and meticulously assembled by hand in their Brooklyn studio. Each piece is made to order.