Designer On The Rise: Sierra Yip-Bannicq

by Maxwell Tielman

One of my favorite things about going to the school design shows every spring is the opportunity to see all the creative ideas that are coming out of fresh, new talent—especially if they hail from my own alma mater, Brooklyn’s own Pratt Institute. When I attended the Pratt Show earlier this year, I was totally blown away by the work on display from the school’s soon-to-be alumni. One absolute stand-out was the industrial design work of Sierra Yip-Bannicq. Of French and Taiwanese descent, Sierra began her journey into design work in 2009. In recent years, her work has become focused on experimentation—formal explorations with material, shape, and color. Drawing inspiration from a number of sources, both natural and design-based, Sierra’s work contains both the exactitude of Modernism and the warmth of the handmade. Because of the experimental nature of her still relatively young oeuvre, her work harkens back to numerous aesthetic sources. Still, everything from her delicate, multi-faceted Vasa cups to her bentwood Loop chair expresses a keen interest and ability in craft, material, and beauty. Check out more of Sierra’s amazing work and read some of her own words about her various designs after the jump! —Max

Loop Chair —  “Designed and built in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Loop Chair it is made almost entirely from maple and ash veneer. The double loop system that makes up the back legs allows the backrest to flex and all the pieces can be easily disassembled.”

Vasa Cups —  “Slip cast ceramic cups with a faceted surface that makes it easy to hold. The cups come in plain matte white as well as colors of dipped glaze.”

Durian Vase — “The family of slip cast vases come in a range of colors from grey, blue, white and teal. The texture of the vases was inspired by the Durian fruit, which has a very unique texture. The openings on the vases vary in size. The vases were cast from a five part plaster mold.”

CIG Floor Light — “The no shade floor lamp gives off direct light to its surroundings allowing it to be very bright and a great reading light. The maple tripod legs create a very stable yet lightweight structure and the pop of color just below the bulb can be switched out if desired.”

Nook Desk — “Solid walnut desk top with a blackened steel frame, the nook at the back of the desk is designed to keep the main surface of the desk clutter free. Books, papers, pens and pretty much everything that could clutter your desk can be easily stored in the back leaving more room to work. The cantilever frame keeps the desk feeling open and light.”

Lyra Stool — “ Sixteen identical bent steel rods make up the Lyra stool, which was inspired by the deep sea carnivorous harp sponge. The thin spine like body of the sponge inspired this cage like stool, the profiles are close together making it comfortable to sit on.”

Marrow Table — “Sand cast Aluminum brackets connect the crossbars and legs. The brackets are designed to suit a range of tables from small side tables to large dining room tables. Each piece can be easily assembled and disassembled and any desired table dimension can be created using the brackets.”

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