It’s all in the details – that’s one of our mantras, as we’re willing to bet it’s one of O&G studio’s mantras as well. Today, we’re sharing an interview with Sara Ossana, one of the founders of O&G Studio, a modern furniture company, featuring American-made Windsor designs. Sara’s talents span an array of industries, including movie production, but our partnership with O&G Studio is how we were initially introduced. O&G Studio’s designs are classic with a nod to modernity and brilliant touches, which make them true heirlooms. We’re fans of Sara’s and O&G Studio and think you will be too! Enjoy today’s “Who you NEED to meet” post, featuring Sara Ossana…
sm’s: Can you please share a bit about your background/how you started O&G Studio and how you gained the courage to break out on your own?
Founded in 2009, the duo met over ten years ago as graduate students at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where Jonathan studied jewelry and Sara studied interior architecture. Their combined backgrounds allow them to blend intricate detailing with a play on scale and proportion to bring traditional motifs into the 21st century.
Atlantic Counter Stools
sm’s: What inspires you/your work?
Based in Warren, Rhode Island, O&G Studio looks towards the rich history of American design traditions for inspiration. Particularly the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as local auctions in and around New England. Essentially we take inspiration from our surroundings, from nature as well as craft.
sm’s: What is your vision, not only for O& G Studio, but also the individual designs/products you create?
Quality and timelessness are a main focus. We tend to play a lot with scale and proportion and are known for color, particularly our rich stain selections all custom mixed by us in our 20K sf combined studio, showroom and shop. We are not interested in trends or forecasting. We look to design pieces that can work in a multitude of interiors spanning contemporary to transitional and traditional. The pieces pair well with other antiques or modern designs thus making them quite flexible in any interior. We usually start with a ‘room’. We see the entire space with the piece sitting from afar. It must make an impression immediately. Upon closer inspection more detail is revealed adding intrigue. Then when used additional details are discovered through touch and feel of the piece satisfying multiple scales of interaction.
sm’s: Do you have any “mainstays” in your work – is there something you’re always drawn to?
We are always drawn to narrative and legacy. We like to imbue our work with meaning beyond a simply aesthetically pleasing object. I wouldn’t say that we have any mainstays. We love all of our ‘children’ the same:)
sm’s: What are the differences in your collections – i.e. how do you create such unique pieces that remain a part of one, cohesive line?
Magic! No – just kidding, we are neurotic, fastidious work-a-holics. We have to thank our respective spouses for putting up with us. We are very detail oriented but all see the big picture. We never release a piece that we are not fully behind or confident in. I think that the dual partnership also keeps us in line. It creates a constructive critique environment to discuss designs and their merit.
Colt High-Back Side Chair
sm’s: What do people need to consider when looking to purchase from O&G Studio?
I would say a few things, take your time. We make everything to order. We can help with decision making and understand that our work can be a focal point in a room. Feel free to ask anything about a piece. We like to match our clientele up with work they will be happy with forever. Everything is made to order so we will pick the wood for your piece by hand to match the stain you choose, this takes time. Pieces can take up to 12 weeks to produce during busy times of year, although sometimes we have unfinished stock available on a quick ship lead time.
sm’s: What’s on the horizon for you/O&G Studio?The best thing about creativity and business is they way they build their own momentum. Every idea, every challenge sets in motion an exciting series of events. This coming year is all about feeding our creative vision through speculative one of a kind, one off pieces. These allow the full blown expression of an idea that can give birth to an entire new production line.sm’s: As an artist/business person how do you recharge?Good question, we love to eat so really good food is always a must. Going to the beach, enjoying Rhode Island and spending time with our families. Both of us have small children so weekends are off limits for work. We spend that time with our children enjoying everything that the Ocean State has to offer. We also find a lot of inspiration from teaching; both Jonathan and I teach at the collegiate level at RISD. Working with young designers is important. We want to give back and help others on their career paths.