A house cannot be a home without the right furniture, decor and lights. Every piece should speak volumes about the owner’s personality, their taste in style and way of life.
Instead of falling into the trap of fast furniture and appliances, we should invest in designer pieces that can stand the test of time, this is where Forma Rosa Studio comes into play. The Brooklyn-based design studio is led by Maria Teresa Castillo and Santiago Braby Brown, focusing on digital design and sourcing limited edition objects for any home.
Maria currently leads the ceramic studio as a fellow at the JoyaIn an interview with The Atlantic, the duo shares "We then choose the shape that we like the most and we bring it into the real world to start sculpting it. We give it a story, we look for craftsmen with whom we want to work, whether in Peru, where I come from, or in other countries that challenge us."s Studio and she has a background in product design for fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and Coach while her partner, Santiago specialises in interior design and computational solutions. In an interview with The Atlantic, the duo shares "We then choose the shape that we like the most and we bring it into the real world to start sculpting it. We give it a story, we look for craftsmen with whom we want to work, whether in Peru, where I come from, or in other countries that challenge us."
Every collection under the brand acts as functional artwork inspired by naturalistic phenomena from both of their hometowns – Peru and Bellingham, Washington. Both founders were trained in architecture and industrial design at New York City’s Pratt Institute and they now share a goal to produce concepts and new ways to create interesting forms that exude tactile sensations and intimacy that cannot be found in our run-of-the-mill decorations.
The Botryoidal Lamp and Planter collections are definitely the most mind boggling pieces up for grabs, but in the best ways possible. The bubbly shapes are designed to imitate the growth of botryoidal crystals as they form in the wild.
The handcrafted pieces come from artisans in Peru with custom glazes to better suit the colour scheme of the given space. The lamp version features three bulbs that are dimmable with a custom brass knob – a smaller variant is also available with just one bulb instead.
Of course, many homeowners are looking for that something extra, something one-of-a-kind, and they can find it at Forma Rosa’s Brooklyn studio. Custom orders for lamps and vases are made with digital precision, taking into account gravity and the chemistry of the kilns, among other key elements like the matte or colour glazed finishes and the metal details.
Maria and Santiago have taken their creative prowess and design expertise international, participating in countless trade fairs, exhibitions and competitions such as the Milan Design Market, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Dezeen Awards.
While the brand’s eccentricities may not be for everyone, Forma Rosa Studio is the perfect place for homeowners who are ready to inject their own flair throughout their quarters and create unique spaces without compromising on functionality in the slightest.
Forma Rose Studio coming soon to Galerie 5, 50 Craig Road.