Lee Rodezno Interview
Lee Rodezno is the founder and director of Javi Design, a design collective with a passion for making everyday products. The company’s aim is to create sustainable, long-lasting objects. Their current release consists of a minimalistic mailbox with a modern approach and aesthetic.
Who are you?
What do you do?
I am an Industrial Designer and Founder/Director of Javi Design Pty Ltd.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in San Francisco, California, USA and spent the early part of my life living in El Salvador in Central America. We moved to Melbourne, Australia when I was eight years old and I have lived in Melbourne ever since.
When did you take your first big risk in life?
As far back as I can remember, it would be when I first learnt to ride a bike, I was really bad at it.
Why have you found success so far?
We have unique vision to make everyday products beautiful. Turn them from mundane to desirable, frustrating to friendly. We aim to create sustainable, long-lasting products that people will be proud to own.
Paying attention to the finest details in all the products we produce is what drives us, and if we maintain the highest standard, our customers will remain satisfied.
Who is someone you’d love to work with, but can’t?
My dad, he is the most influential figure in my life. We have done many things together and he was the person who taught me the value of doing things properly and paying attention to the fine details. My dad is no longer with us, but I’m sure he would be proud of what we have created at Javi Design.
What are you working on now?
As an industrial designer, the majority of the work we do is strictly confidential and I can’t elaborate much more than that. What I can say is that we have some exciting new products to launch to follow up on the Javi Letterbox range.
Where do you spend most of your free time?
I spend the majority of my free time playing with my three beautiful kids (aged six, four, and two) and my gorgeous wife Danielle. Playing with my kids keeps me energized. I also love watching and playing basketball and football. When I get the time I love making things, I love making just about anything.
When you look back at your life, describe your biggest success.
I think that my biggest success in life will always be being a good father and loving husband. To me family always comes first ahead of anything else.