In creating the ROARK MODERN by Lisa Bowles collection of handmade lamps and accessories. Bowles returns to her original passion – sculpture. As a Fine-Arts major, who began her academic journey as a sculptor and then turned her keen eye into a decades long career as an Interior Designer and dealer of European mid-century furniture. Known for her modernist approach towards curation, Bowles boldly and seamlessly mixed furniture, lighting and art from the European 19th c. through the mid-20th century. Her instinctive understanding of the sacred relationship between an object and the space it occupies is key to her success and her creative process.
Lisa considers herself a sculptor and a maker of functional art. Her hand formed and carved sculptural lamps, inspired by artists including - ARP, MOORE, NEVELSON - are crafted with thoughtful consideration of each form and their purpose within an environment. The collection takes its name from Howard Roark, the modernist architect and protagonist of The Fountainhead, inspired by his uncompromising approach to innovation. Bowles applies the same integrity to her choice of custom finishes - using her recipe of European waxed lacquer and signature black bonded bronze to create the lustrous forms. These are the finishing techniques that go into each of her signature lamps and accessories, reflecting her bold vision and that of her collectors.