Studio Lim is a design duo who have melded their passion for natural aesthetics with sustainable and innovative crafting techniques to create a collection of unique and handcrafted pieces. As SCHÖN launches Studio Lim in Australia, we asked Founder Patricia Lip to share their start, spark and what they believe is SCHÖN.
How did the Studio Lim Team come together?
Studio Lim was founded by Yin-Ting Lin and myself. We come from different cultural backgrounds (Yin-Ting is from Taiwan whereas I was born in Hong Kong) and met when we were both pursuing graduate degrees at the Royal College of Art in London. I was focused on art and crafts, while Yin-Ting was studying design, but we came together as we found we had similar tastes and senses of aesthetics about form, colours and patterns. Most importantly we both had the goal of bringing new aesthetics to sustainable design.
How would you describe your brand aesthetic?
Our aesthetic strives to be natural, unique and sustainable. It is definitely influenced by our cultural backgrounds and the environments where we grew up. We blend traditional craft techniques with modern technology, and use sustainable materials such as wood offcuts and flax to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Why did you decide to use flax fibre as the base material for many of the Studio Lim objects?
We didn’t start with the idea to use flax fibre, rather it is a result of research and hundreds of experiments. The experiments began when we were still at university – during that time, we were trying to find environmental sustainable materials with which we could still create beautiful products. We were lucky enough to work across disciplines with Dr Koon Yang Lee who was specialising in composite materials engineering. After six months of experimentation, we were continually impressed by the strength sustained by different plant fibres. It drove us to further investigate the possibility of applying plant fibres different manufacturing processes. Through these experiments we found a strong connection between sustainability, agility and flax fibres, which ultimately became Fibrewood Objects.
Tell me more about the colour choices you made for the Fibrewood Collection.
Colour that compliments texture is very important to us. Our creations are predominately colour-oriented, as we look at a wide range of pictures about nature with colour focus. We also take a lot of inspiration from travelling and then we use what we see around us – we observe details and textures of trees, footpaths, and architecture whenever we travel to different places and use them in our designs.
And finally, who are some of your favourite artists and designers working at the moment?
Yin-Ting’s favourite designers are The Bouroullec Brothers, Konstantin Grcic and Tokujin Yoshioka. Artists I am following at the moment are James Turell, Richard Serra, Friedemann Bühler and Sigurd Bronger. Stefan Scholten & Carole Baijings are also incredible designers, and I think Stella McCartney is one of the most successful examples of a designer who is dedicated to sustainable fashion. We both also adore brands like Issey Miyake and Mykita.
See the full range of the Studio Lim Fibrewood Products in the SCHÖN Zen Collection