Rossy became familiar with the field of interior design at an early age because of her parents’ love for decorating. Coupled with the fact that her father was an engineer, it is understandable that she would consider becoming a part of the industry. After obtaining her interior design degree from University of Santo Tomas in 2005, she placed 8th in the 2007 interior design board exam.
Although she admits that she has always dreamed to develop her own designs, Rossy worked for several well-known firms before opening Heima. During one of her many vacations to different countries across the globe, she encountered a small shop that had charming, one-of-a-kind pieces. Aside from the unique and appealing merchandise, she appreciated the fact that the owners were actually there to greet and assist the customers. Drawing inspiration from this, she started her own home and lifestyle store with the help of business partner, Bong Rojales.
While Heima is identified as her first foray into the world of furniture design, Rossy has actually had experience with business. “In the past, I also designed and sold my own line of jewelry and accessories abroad. This craft helped develop my attention to details”, she shares. Aside from her ability to focus on the specifics to create a greater whole, she is also known for her inclination to lean towards the whimsical and eclectic. Her colorful and playful work has become her trademark and it has set her store apart from the rest.
To help maintain her dedication to her chosen profession, Rossy keeps certain icons and role models in mind. “I always look up to people who are dedicated about their profession. I especially admire those who are passionate in contributing something beautiful for this country.” She names Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of rags2riches, Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue and graphic design group, Team Manila as inspirations.
Less than a decade into the business, Rossy cites her ongoing work for the US Embassy Veteran Affairs as her most memorable project so far. “We were commissioned to be the consultants for the new US Embassy Veterans building. This is challenging because this is my first work for the government”, she explains. As she continues to gain more experience, she has advice for those that want to follow in her footsteps. “Love your work, dream big and inspire others”, she urges.
Rossy devotes much of her free time mto the arts, which she claims to be her first love. “On weekends, I listen to indie music, read design books and watch movies. I am very much interested in graphic design and lomography (photography using toy film cameras). I also love to travel. Last year was my best travel year. I was able to visit more than a dozen countries. I love exploring different cultures because it inspires me to create something beautiful for my own country.”
With her triumph in the field of design, Rossy has already taken the industry by storm. Fast on her way to achieving even more success, she still has so much to offer and the rest of the world is breathlessly anticipating her next great contribution to the world of color and style.
Written by Therese Dehesa
Photographed by Zanti Jimenez (portrait) and Paolo Valenciano (interiors)