Clay seems to have unlimited potential in the hands of Eny Lee Parker, whose hand-spun ceramic lighting and furniture take on amorphous forms that induce childlike joy and have established her as one of the independent design sphere’s most exciting talents. As with most in-demand young designers, getting your hands on one of the Brazilian-born, Korean artisan’s totemic lamps or four-legged bouclé stools isn’t cheap, and the gallery-worthy pieces often sell out quickly once shared on her Instagram.
“When you have a small studio, you’re making everything by hand,” the Queens-based designer tells Clever. “Your overhead is so big and it takes so much time to make products that the price point is going to be much higher.” Now, a partnership with direct-to-consumer lighting brand Mitzi is offering a range of her pendants and lamps at more affordable prices. Much of the range departs from her most recognizable luminaires while not compromising on their signature whimsy. The Elsa family, for example, evokes cherry berries from Korea—a complicated form to achieve single-handedly in her studio, but possible with Mitzi’s production infrastructure. Her favorite part? “My mom or my friends could afford this.”