Friday Five with Lian Eoyang of VIF Studio
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Photo by Cindy Loughridge Photography

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.

Photo courtesy of Black Barn Vineyards

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.

3. Can’t live without: March and The Line, purveyors of beautiful things for the home.

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.

Photo courtesy of Singer Vehicle Design

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!

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.