“I’d like us to move through and beyond the function and form of interior design into engaging in a conversation, eliciting emotion. Lighting felt like it could handle that conversation.”
midwest minds meet
Hennepin Made paired well with Prospect Refuge Studio, in both reverence for the handmade object and the humanity these objects can hold.
Beyond the congruence in design philosophy, Sass also was keen to work with Hennepin Made for their ability to fabricate each piece in-house, from metal and woodwork to electrical configurations. We were drawn to Prospect Refuge Studio for their connection to the midwest, with regionality being essential to the collection.
“We have always tried to see how our skill and use of materials can be pushed forward to create new forms. This is very representative of midwestern values of wanting to be resourceful and work with what you have right in front of you.”
In Philosophy, Ontologia is the study of existence and the collection is a play on what it means to exist. In the uniqueness of each piece, personality is shaped by their individual responses to light and each “personality” expresses a unique character. The collection invites us to ponder how we live with things and how things live with us.