Designer of the day: Sarah Ellison – SURFACE

Here we ask designers to take a selfie and give us a glimpse into their lives.

Age: 45

Occupation: Designate.

instagram: @sarahelisonstudio

Hometown: Byron Bay, Australia.

Studio location: Byron Bay and Sydney.

Describe what you make: Beautiful things for your home.

The most important thing you’ve designed so far: My son Blaze! The non-human design would be my Yoko bed.

Describe the problem your work solves: Boring piece of furniture.

Describe the project you are currently working on: In addition to launching my existing collection with Design Within Reach, we have other products in development that will launch later this year exclusively with DWR, and a new sofa that I’m very excited about is almost ready. On top of that, my team and I are working on a restaurant in Byron Bay as well as building a new office/showroom space in Sydney, so it’s been a busy time.

A new or upcoming project we should know about: A new sofa design (launching mid-2022).

What you absolutely must have in your studio: A sketchbook and a pencil.

What you do when you’re not working: Being the personal assistant to my seven-year-old son, Blaze. An unpaid intern, in fact!

Sources of creative desire: David Bowie, Charlotte Perriand and Gio Ponti.

The distraction you want to eliminate: Social media.

Concrete or marble? Marble.

High-rise building or townhouse? high rise building

Remember or forget? Remember.

Aliens or ghosts? Ghosts.

Dark or light? Light.

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