When Sara Ebert and Jason Pfaeffle were studying industrial design at Pratt Institute, they developed an infatuation with bleary eyed, studio all-nighters—and each other. “We were constantly helping each other out with projects. It was a good excuse to spend time together,” laughs Sara. One of the things that helped them click: They were both raised in professionally crafty families (her parents own a folk art gallery in Virginia, and his dad was a cabinet-maker on Long Island).
When they graduated, they joined the ranks of power couples who both live and work together. Since launching Cofield in 2013, Sara and Jason have experimented with everything from shrink-wrapping light fixtures to cutting bottle openers out of intentionally patinaed brass to stamping mix-and-match earrings from clay. “We’re really drawn to the properties of each material. We stumble onto a detail and hone in on that,” explains Jason. But from their brand-new Brooklyn studio space—not too far from the undergrad shops where they met—the two are honing in on colorful, tic-tac-toe and squiggly line jewelry and hitting a new stride. “At first, we were throwing it all out there, working on everything at once. Now we’re focusing on a single collection,” says Sara. Sometimes it takes a pair to pare down. —jane gauger