This week’s Friday Five heads to San Francisco to check out the boutique design firm, VIF Studio and its founder, Lian Eoyang, who earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. Launched in 2010, the company (which is currently all female!) brings a fresh perspective to modern architecture and interiors with a focus on minimalist yet comfortable spaces clients can thrive in. Her refined approach leads to visually pleasing results that are tastefully and beautifully curated for a universal appeal. Her impeccable taste carries over to her five picks, which include footwear, classic cars, a design brand, local shops, and a design aesthetic close to her heart.
1. Inspiring: Australia/New Zealand design scene. I’ve always been so inspired by the aesthetic: effortless yet refined, fresh but not contrived.
2. Inspiring: Anna Karlin’s vessels, lighting and furniture. Unexpected, refined, and an independent maker — all the traits we love.
4. Can’t live without: Bryr, a local maker of the most beautiful and comfortable clogs. Women-owned, made on-site, and a neighbor of VIF Studio.
5. Inspiring: Singer Vehicle Design. They re-build classic air-cooled Porsche 911s from the ground up, birthing a true work of art. I’ve always preferred classic cars, but often find them underpowered and a bit worse for wear. Singers are both heart-achingly gorgeous as well as an incredible thrill to drive — a life dream!