Designer Crush: Farrah Sit

Have you heard of this new curated, online marketplace called WorkOf?  It features thoughtfully designed, handmade furniture, lighting and decor from independent brands.  The price points are on the more expensive site, but it is such a therapeutic experience touring their well curated offerings.

Among those on display, I am FASCINATED by Brooklyn designer Farrah Sit.  I’ve come across her hanging planters before and loved her aesthetics.  But seeing her range of products for WorkOf took my designer crush to the next level!

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work-1398376916945Her design philosophy is something that I seek to imbue in my creative pursuits:

With the ethos “own less and own well,” designer Farrah Sit focuses on creating strikingly simple objects that speak to their intended purpose, striving towards the perfection of form and function. Each product is inspired by the vivid purity of the natural world, bringing nature inside with a sleek yet practical approach to luxury. Farrah Sit is the founder of the Brooklyn-based company Light + Ladder, which represents a return to meaningful consumption by providing artistic, American-made accessories for the home.work-1398376020670

work-1386887651625Other designers who inspire me: here, here, and here.

 

 

 

 

Our Trip: Bangkok

I can’t believe it’s been three months since we returned from our backpacking trip.  It scares me how quickly we can adapt to our circumstances and how fast memories recede into the past.

We took a lot of photos on this trip.  A LOT.  Just the other day, we finally got around to downloading them all to the computer.  Going through these thousands of photos was like time travel.  Certain detail shots brought me right back to specific moments.  It’s like listening to an old song, or smelling a familiar perfume.

Here are some photos from Bangkok.  I’ll have more photos from the other locations in the weeks to come.

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“Everything Is Beautiful”

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A beautiful passage from Chekhov:

“In Oreanda they sat on a bench not too far from the church, looked down on the sea, and were silent.  Yalta was barely visible through the morning mist, white clouds stood motionless on the mountaintops.  The leaves of the trees did not stir, cicadas called, and the monotonous, dull noise of the sea, coming from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep that awaits us.  So it had sounded below when neither Yalta nor Oreanda were there, so it sounded now and would go on sounding with the same dull indifference when we are no longer here.  And in this constancy, in this utter indifference to the life and death of each of us, there perhaps lies hidden the pledge of our eternal salvation, the unceasing movement of life on earth, of unceasing perfection.  Sitting beside the young woman, who looked so beautiful in the dawn, appeased and enchanted by the view of this magical decor – sea, mountains, clouds, the open sky – Gurov reflected that, essentially, if you thought of it, everything was beautiful in this world, everything except for what we ourselves think and do when we forget the higher goals of being and our human dignity.”

Decor for a Cause

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Have you heard about the Handcrafted Collection from West Elm?  I randomly stumbled upon it while scouring for home accessories on their website.  As a part of this collection, they’re collaborating with 20 different artisan groups around the world (from Philippines to Mississippi) to develop handcrafted products that directly benefit the makers and their families & communities.

I love that tiered chandelier made from capiz shells! It’s organic yet elegant at the same time.  Here are a few more of my favorites:

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From top to bottom: capiz shell chandelier (Philippines), esma wool rug (India), papier-mache elephant sculpture (Haiti), printed armchair (Mississippi), hives vases (Santo Tomas)