As an industrial designer, Farrah Sit constantly finds herself questioning the functionality of her furniture. And if others inquire about the composition of one of her pieces, she feels accomplished in her role as an artist. “I want to make objects that urge you to keep looking,” Sit explains. “It’s important to push the design to another level, where people question its form.”
Growing up in upstate New York, Sit would find the artistic capabilities in unassuming everyday items, crafting larger than life artworks from construction paper and other found materials. “As a child I was continually looking for new ways to create — oftentimes to the perplexity of my parents,” says Sit. “We own a Chinese restaurant, and when my mom would ask me to fold napkins, I would end up folding them ten different ways.” Sit’s hunger for discovery never waned.
At the early stages of “fast design” — a time when consumers prioritized price over quality — Sit, who was working for Calvin Klein Home, began questioning why she became a designer in the first place. She found her answer while taking pottery and welding classes. “I had to reconnect with my creative process again,” she adds. “When these materials would solidify through my hands to create something new, it became clear.” In 2014, Sit launched her eponymous collection of lighting and furniture, allowing her to communicate her point of view as a designer once more.
Not faithful to any particular material, Sit explores a concept through several different mediums. Her notable Pingala pendant merges Carrara marble, neon glass, and bronze into an individual fixture, while the Satin Khora design supports jewel-like ceramics from delicate strings of satin brass. Each with the singular mission of capturing invisible forces of tension through geometric forms. “I’m always trying to convey an idea in new ways. It’s this freedom that excites me,” says Sit. “That might keep me from delving into one category at a time, but it’s the only way to keep my creativity alive. I need to have my space to inquire.”