Light + Ladder

Design Studio

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Minimal, functional, visual, thoughtful, precise and clever: these are all words the come to mind when visiting Farrah Sit’s studio for her home good collection Light + Ladder. A line that started with stand-out desk accessories has evolved into meaningful, aesthetically pleasing goods to adorn your whole home.

We’ve all been there, searching the internet (i.e. Pinterest, Tumblr, Insta) for the perfect planter for our succulent collection or something easy and effortless to house the lush fern we bought impulsively. Farrah knows our trouble well and has created a line to cater to our needs. An industrial designer by trade, form and function has always shined through her designs. We love how she describes her creations as “luxury home furnishings for the modern nature-lover.” Living in a metropolitan area, we are known to be short on space so we must think thoroughly about what we bring into our homes and choose wisely. As modern nature-lovers ourselves we know we won’t regret gracing our homes with a Light + Ladder anything. In addition to planter cult favorites like the 3 Tier Ceramic + Leather Planter, Flat Back Spora planter and Hex spora for baby plants, Farrah makes incredible lighting installations, shelving units and another classic: gardening tools!

Keep reading for some our favorite Light + Ladder picks (if you can’t live without the Flat Back Spora either, it’s okay you can now click through directly to her site!)  Farrah was also kind enough to answer a quick Q+ A so we can learn more about her world of creating.

 
 

Go-to coffee spot?

Home.coming for the ever inspiring vibe and plants. Our studio has lived off their Dough donuts.   

 

We love that your pieces live on a line between form and function, how does your design background influence this?

I’m an industrial designer. With every opportunity to make something functional, I hope that it may also be pleasing to the eye and hand, hence addressing the function in a cycle. For some reason I’ve always shied away from creating things that don’t have a function of some sort (as a designer, not an artist). For me, functionality has created comfortable criterion to evaluate an object. I am always aiming to minimize design moves, and realize function into a pleasing form.  

 
 

3 ways to brighten up a space with Light + Ladder.

  • Choose a planter and plant that best suits your watering schedule and amount of natural light.
  • Hive planters for an airplant installation on your wall.
  • Hex Spora for tiny succulents and cacti.
  • Chromo Planters if you like lush ferns.

 

Favorite part of the creative process.

Of all the phases in the creative process- I think the small part I secretly enjoy most is the final tweaking of the form- from shaping or “cleaning” greenware, to filing and sanding metal- the last 10% of the form coming together. It’s the least cerebral- but a silent zoning in on the material- a dialog that only happens between your hands, eyes and the object.

 

We hear you’re an avid gardener, what plants are the best for styling with your designs?

I love Maidenhair Ferns. They are so finicky, they need to be watered all of the time but I think that’s why I enjoy working with them. They have this wild unruly gentle look.

 
 

We hear you’re an avid gardener, what plants are the best for styling with your designs?

I love Maidenhair Ferns. They are so finicky, they need to be watered all of the time but I think that’s why I enjoy working with them. They have this wild unruly gentle look.

 

Thing you are most looking forward to in 2015?

Building out our new apartment in Greenpoint! No IKEA is allowed in the house- we’re excited to make everything and as well as filling it with furniture made by our friends. It’s gonna take us a while!

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