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#TheObsessions — These are Studio Vetyver Firdaus Aris’s Favourite Things

#TheObsessions — These are Studio Vetyver Firdaus Aris’s Favourite Things

What makes some of these local or global creatives tick? In this weekly column, Firdaus Aris, the founder of Studio Vetyver, shares his many inspirations and obsessions.

1. Markus Raetz:
Best known for his work that engages the viewers in a game of human perception, Markus Raetz’s purist approach — in both aesthetic and meaning — finds beauty in simplicity.

2. Cambria:
Cambria is the resident studio cat. She is both a good alarm clock and a reminder for when I need to take a break.

3. Studio Vetyver’s Studio: The studio, although much like a second home, is also a functioning creative space where exciting things are always happening.

4. Nature:
Being out in nature is the best way for me to recharge.

5. Textiles:
I like finding inspiration for textiles in overlooked or unexpected places.

6. Friends:
Introspection is important for personal and creative growth. Surrounding myself with like-minded people to bounce off ideas facilitates this.

7. A Muted Palette:
I’m currently obsessed with in between colours!

8. Molly Nilsson:
The Swedish singer-songwriter’s DIY minimal dark synth pop muses on her observations on the overlooked aspects of the human condition.

9. Garment Experimentation:
I like to use existing garment construction techniques combined with the sculpting and playing of form to brainstorm new possibilities for garment design.

10.  Art Exhibitions:
It’s important to not live in a bubble if you’re a designer and visiting exhibitions are a good way to gain new insights and perspectives on materials.