Five minutes with...
StudioSarah is a luxury British stationery studio created by Sarah Silver, whose designs are characterised by elegant simplicity and a love of typography. With a fine jewellery and retail heritage, Sarah has always been drawn to delicate forms and beautiful yet understated objects. Possessing a lifelong love for stationery and handwritten notes, Sarah set out to create modern and chic paper goods, with an emphasis on the finest finishes. As one of the newest designers to join Quill, we wanted to get to know Sarah a little more, so we asked her:
Where did you discover your love for typography?
I remember being bought a dymo label maker when I was about seven or eight which was my favourite present, as I used to love putting my initials everything I owned. I was also addicted to letraset at school, so my love of type definitely began at an early age as it was the mixture of making things and then personalising them which I think I found appealing.
Tell us about three things on your desk at the moment.
My desk is a very busy place as I'm always finding new bits and pieces that I love, but at the moment I can't do without my Hay gold scissors, my StudioSarah notebook (fawn and lilac colourway) and my red leather Smythson diary (much prefer the old fashioned way of making plans.)
What's your most treasured possession?
Letters from my family and friends and my photograph collection.
What inspires you as a designer?
I'm drawn to understated design and fine materials, so it might be anything from a great book cover to a lovely piece of furniture. I find living in London is a wonderful source of inspiration. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by great design on a daily basis and so I do try and make use of my surroundings, whether it's browsing beautiful shop windows in the West End or visiting Alfie's antiques market, there is always something lovely to see that inspires me to be creative. I also love my magazines and have a growing collection that is a really great resource when it comes to starting a new collection or designing something new.