West Coast designer Martha Sturdy is an iconic creator who has turned her hand to homewares, art and jewelry over the years and always conveys an impeccable integrity.
In the 80s, the purity of her style and the gutsy scale of her pieces immediately made Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Vogue instant fans.
“You have to have a level of confidence,” Sturdy explains of her recently unveiled Reflections jewelry collection that she dubs ‘wearable sculpture.’ “It’s not wishy-washy or delicate. It’s more definite, for someone who wants to make a statement and loves the combination of shapes.”
Sturdy’s home furnishings and accessories are made of warm, elemental materials such as resin, brass, steel and salvaged cedar.
“One of the things that is a truth about what I do is it’s always plain and simple. You have to know what you’re doing, otherwise the balance or proportion will be off. If a design is clean, there is no hiding the mistakes.”
Find out which of Sturdy’s personal luxuries are closest to her heart below.
Designer Martha Sturdy’s no-fuss list of her favourite things includes several grey and white Arabian horses and Porter, her Dutch Warmblood, who she rides on her 50-acre farm in Pemberton, BC. Her sunnies of choice? Prada. Salal is her favourite plant: it dries beautifully and isn’t pricey. On Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester, Sturdy says: ”I love her, almost everything in my closet is by her, clothes and shoes both.”
Sturdy gravitates towards the fresh lily-of-the-valley scent of Diorissimo perfume by Dior. As for jewelry, it’s not surprising Sturdy’s own designs top her list. “I design and make my own, but I call it wearable sculpture. Some of the weighty handmade brass and resin pieces reference round hay bales from my farm.” On the run, she reaches for Bottega Veneta handbags and Tumi luggage. Martha’s furniture designs are as clean and uncluttered as her own sculptural works. “They are modern, minimal things.” Demeulemeester’s functional footwear suits Sturdy’s active lifestyle and no-nonsense approach to life.