So Ellis, an industrial designer who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, founded Facture Studio in 2015 along with Nebojsa "Shoba" Sheric, an artist from Sarajevo. Since then, he and his partner have been developing tables, shelves, and wall pieces with simple geometries that exploit multiple layers, saturations, and opacities of resin.
We asked the breakout designer about who inspires him, his most treasured possessions, and what daily rituals get him in the zone. Read the answers below.
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current location: Brooklyn, New York
Something you always carry with you: Trying to visualize how everything I see was made.
First childhood memory related to design: I spent a lot of time around water when I was young and remember really wanting to make a table lamp that was surrounded by water.
Daily ritual to get into a creative space: We usually pick a visual property of a piece we like, and then do some free association and see where it leads us.
Person you most admire: My grandmother, who was the CEO of an electronics factory in the '60s.
A word or phrase that is guiding you currently: Light, color, transparency.
Your most treasured possession: My wedding ring that got picked up from a midtown jewelry caster during our wedding party.
Advice you would give yourself five years ago: The most important thing to do is start exploring an idea and letting that determine the final piece.
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