May 29, 2010

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Second-hand love

“I simply wanted to make something new with existing products that would look new and fresh” by Sarah Cihat

What only began as a thesis project in 2003 have now bloomed into creations that any designer would be proud to call their own.

Upon graduation from Parsons School of Design in New York City (NYC), Brooklyn based designer Sarah Cihat has started a line of Rehabilitated Dishware Collection.

Reincarnating existing products – the process begins with purchasing unwanted or used dishware from second-hand stores or pieces of porcelain that are flocked with a thick layer of dust in retail outlets, each piece of dishware are re-glazed and re-fired to create new-old porcelains. All the items are produced by hand in Brooklyn.

She co-designs Perfume in Porcelain, which is a series of 150 limited edition scented candles and fragrance diffuser sets, with Frederick Bouchardy who has fashioned his path in the candle market and now, founder of Joya – New York based luxe home fragrance studio. Cihat continues her collaboration with metalsmith Michael Miller, entitled ‘Taken’.

‘Taken’ is the combination of two materials that are of different elements. Both metal work and porcelain are crafted with extreme sophistication creating pieces that will blow your mind. The collection boasts an assortment of funky designs, as exhibited by the metal chains and porcelain shapes, in a nutshell it is ‘simplicity in its finest’.

Since then all her designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Vogue, Elle, The New York Times, Surface, O at Home, Metropolitan Home, to name a few. Her work was also featured in exhibitions at the St. Etienne International Design Biennial, Salone di Mobile, and Fragiles Exhibit. As of recent events, her work was placed on in Object Factory at the new Musuem of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle.

For more information of the pieces you can visit her website or to make purchases, you can simply send her an email and make arrangements.

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