For Farrah Sit, attending Rhode Island School of Design was a game-time decision. She’d already signed the acceptance letter from Vassar to study cognitive neuroscience, but when she heard from RISD, she knew she had to follow her passion—despite her parents’ advice. “My family was always supportive, but they definitely tried to steer me the other way,” she says, noting that she has a bit of a rebel in her, courtesy of her dad who escaped from China to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution.
By 2004, Farrah graduated with a degree in industrial design and made her way to Calvin Klein to work on the line’s tabletop collection. “That’s really where I grew up as a designer,” Farrah explains. But when the corporate world started to feel…well…corporate, Farrah made the move to her new Brooklyn studio and, in 2013, started Light + Ladder—a home accessory company all her own.
The vibe? Unfussy but stunning pieces—think planters, wall hooks, and desk accessories—that are all dreamt up and produced locally. And these days, her parents are totally embracing her creative spirit. “My dad owns a restaurant upstate, and the waitress recently told me that he framed one of my high school paintings and brought it to work,” she says. “He’s totally proud.” –olivia seely
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Get Outta Town Go to Big-Girl Arts-and-Crafts Camp with Farrah Sit
There are cabins, nature hikes, and hours spent in the woodshop.
This is some pure-white prettiness right here.