Friday Five with Sarah Pease

Sarah Pease is a student designer, maker, and researcher. Through her work in all mediums, Pease strives to create products that challenge notions of value and function. Her appreciation for straightforward thinking and efficient construction manifests in minimal aesthetics and intuitive interfaces. A Rhode Island native, Pease is currently completing her senior year in the Department of Furniture Design at RISD. She was recently noted in Dwell magazine as one of the “youngest and most promising designing minds at work today,” and has been highlighted by Core77 and Lifehacker for her work as a visiting student at the MIT Media Lab. Let’s see what she puts forth as her Friday Five.


1. Jamestown, Rhode Island
My beloved hometown: nine square miles of farmland and New England-style homes in the center of Narragansett Bay. I have an endless supply of inspiration from exploring rocky beaches, wandering through wooded meadows with my dog, sailing with friends and family, riding bikes, growing my own food, and more. I feel ridiculously lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful, vibrant place, as a member of an active and creative community.

2. My Eames Lounge
Until recently, the chair belonged to my grandfather, who graciously passed it on to me as an early graduation gift. As a student of furniture design, the Eames lounge is an historical icon, representing great strides in the iterative process we have grown to expect from design. The chair was built to last, intending to indulge multiple owners over the course of its own lifespan. It means the world to me to have my grandfather’s well-loved chair. I highly recommend purchasing one now to hand down to your children and grandchildren. They will certainly appreciate it!

3. CW&T
Che-Wei and Taylor are a neo-renaissance duo, tinkering away in their Brooklyn studio to form elegant solutions to imaginative problems. I greatly admire their fun, yet thoughtful and logical, approach to successfully tackling both product and software development. I find their wide-range of high quality, long lasting work to be exciting and inspiring.

4. Mini Leatherman
Always be prepared! Carrying a basic arsenal of tools can lead to some very creative and effective problem solving. I’ve had this little guy in my pocket for over five years now.

5. Disposable Water Bottle
Not that I am a fan of its disposability, but I do think it is a great looking object. For some reason I was hesitant to toss the bottle after I was done drinking from it the first time, and I’ve been holding onto it now for way too long.

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.