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Designer Spotlight: Sarah Cihat's Rehabilitated Dishware

Making the old new again, Sarah Cihat [www.sarahcihat.com] takes second-hand, thrifted and otherwise discarded plates and redesigns and resurfaces them for a fresh, modern look that extends the life cycle of discarded plates and makes a subtle statement about recycling and reuse.

Sarah uses lots of organic and animal forms; combined with soft colors and shapes, the silhouetted shapes are intricate without being busy and clean without being too simple. She started out working mostly plates and shallow bowls, and has recently updated her collection to include some fun ramekins (below) and different bowls (further below).

Fond of the silhouette, most of the Brooklyn-based designer’s work features animals, people and things like anchors and skull-n-crossbones in colorful contrast the ceramics’ new glaze; says the designer, “Each piece represents a rejection of more brand new products filling shelves and storage closets. Rehabilitated Dishware is a subtle statement of the importance of recycling and the renewed value of unwanted things.” Check out more at her website; several of her designs are available from Rose and Radish online. The decorative, modern plates can be had at a few of our favorite design stores around, including Barneys New York [barneys.com], The Future Perfect [www.thefutureperfect.com], CLIO [clio-home.com] and Rose & Radish [store.roseandradish.com]; find a full list of retailers at her website [www.sarahcihat.com].