True Transparency

​​The interplay of sheer and opaque looks define today’s best fashion, while anthropomorphic furniture, like the chairs designed by Sarah Ellison for Design Within Reach, are increasingly popular in living spaces.

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June 23, 2023

“People have been getting so excited about soft, tactile fabrics and design that feels like it’s wrapping its arms around you,” says interior stylist and furniture designer Sarah Ellison. Available exclusively at Design Within Reach, the Australian’s collection is all about creating a natural body feel.


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Top: Bevza

Earrings: AGMES

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Dress: Bevza
Heels: BY FAR

Earrings, necklace, bracelet: Lady Grey

Arch Chairs in Byron Oyser: Sarah Ellison for DWR

Having started her design career in fashion Sarah has always had a distinct personal style and an acute awareness of the body. A fascination with the ’70s, her favorite fashion brand, Jil Sanders, and her beachside lifestyle in Byron Bay, Australia all influence her style.


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Top: Bevza

Boots: BY FAR

Piscina Coffee and Side Tables: Sarah Ellison for DWR

Purse: Pipatchara

Boots: BY FAR

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Top, skirt: Tory Burch

Sarah’s furniture designs like the aptly named “Huggy Swivel Chair” echo the torso and limbs to create an embrace. Next to real bodies, appearing in just as tactile and interesting looks like the Knyahynya Dress by Bevza, Sarah’s furniture shows that the most enticing forms are the ones that reflect ourselves back to us.


Earrings: Senia

Skirt: Veronica Sheaffer

Boots: BY FAR

Bra: Stylist’s own

Huggy Swivel Chair: Sarah Ellison for DWR

Earrings: Monbouquette

Heels: BY FAR

Tights, bra: Stylist’s own

Tights, turtleneck: Stylist’s own

Alva Chair: Sarah Ellison for DWR

Fashion by Hailey Tessem

Hair & Makeup by Linsey Marmorato

Models courtesy of The Rock Agency

A version of this article originally appeared in Sixtysix Issue 10 with the headline “True Transparency.” Subscribe today.

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