Redefining Standards: Moving Mountains
Redefining Standards is a showcase of young talent who embody the bold, relentless spirit of Cadillac. Through their work, these artists and designers are making their mark, daring to push the boundaries of contemporary design, and, in doing so, drive the world forward.
Syrette Lew knows how to make an impression. When she finally decided to launch her own studio Moving Mountains in 2014, she did so with a bang — debuting her first collection of furniture at ICFF and sweeping up the Editor’s Award for Best Craftsmanship, followed by the Metropolis Design Distinction Award, Dwell Magazine Young Gun, and a slew of other accolades. “That was kind of the real beginning of Moving Mountains,” she says.
Lew doesn’t take any of it for granted, going so far as to say that the name of the studio itself is as much a tribute to her homeland of Hawaii’s northwestward movement, as it is to the feeling of launching a venture of her own. “Sometimes it literally feels like you’re moving a mountain,” Lew says. On top of that, Lew is committed to working with regional craftsmen and fabricators, resulting in a series of pieces that are playful, yet refined, and have been described as the unlikely pairing of ‘Shaker meets Memphis.’