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May 15, 2015

by Ashira Israel

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi, my name is Ashira Israel and I’m the lead architectural designer and fabricator at IN.SEK Design. I live in Williamsburg, a wonderfully vibrant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

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IN.SEK began back in 2011 as a way to fill my inexplicable need to create things. I had just graduated from the architecture program at Pratt Institute, and after five years of mostly drawing, I was thrilled to start using my hands to take my designs off the page. After graduation, I apprenticed for a furniture maker during the day to improve my skills and got a tiny studio space to work on my own designs at night and on the weekends. It was thrilling to have a studio of my own to explore ideas, materials, and tools. After only a few short months, I landed my first big client. During this time I also designed my first product and opened my Etsy shop. The momentum grew with each project and sale. Within a year I had already outgrown my space, moved into a larger studio, and quit my day job to work for IN.SEK full time!

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Preston, left, and Kaitlin.

Preston, left, and Kaitlin.

Eventually, the work became too much for just one person to handle; I’ve since hired two of my best friends, Preston Church and Kaitlin McGowan. They’ve introduced another beautiful layer to the tapestry of the company, and they continually help push new ideas forward. Our process is unique – while most designers are currently using computer software to design material-less forms, we work directly with our materials, and ask what forms they want to become. The way we work allows for play and experimentation, rather than imposing predefined boundaries.

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Inspiration comes almost too easily for me. I find it everywhere: a construction site, the architecture of ancient civilizations, science, cosmology. I’m also inspired by this amazing city I live in, as well as by my travels around the world and all the terrific people in my life both past and present. It is the combination of so many of these factors that has shaped my life, and continues to help me evolve as an artist.

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Etsy has really played a major part in our business from the beginning. It was my first outlet for getting my work to a larger audience, and it continually functions as a great testing ground for new product ideas. I also had the fortune of getting to build furniture for the reception area at Etsy HQ in Dumbo. That was huge for me, and it was a great project to be part of. I had a wonderful time working with the Etsy team, and I found it very honorable knowing that they support their sellers both online and offline.

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We are currently getting set to move into a brand new LEED-certified building this May. This will help us continue to push our goals to practice sustainable methods of manufacturing with growing orders and larger-scale projects. Our new shop will be powered by solar panels, and we will continue our tradition of donating our sawdust to local farmers and trying to waste as little as possible. Sustainability means many things to different people. To us, it is all about creating beautiful and long-lasting pieces that can be passed down from one generation to another.

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All photographs by IN.SEK Design.

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Small Concrete Box With Solid Blackened American Walnut Lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor/Jewelry Box / Container / Vessel
Small Concrete Box With Solid Blackened American Walnut Lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor/Jewelry Box / Container / Vessel
INSEKDESIGN
$60.00 USD
Mens Shave bowl/ Modern Concrete Shaving Bowl/Cup with solid Black Locust Wood Lid
Mens Shave bowl/ Modern Concrete Shaving Bowl/Cup with solid Black Locust Wood Lid
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$60.00 USD
Large Cubed3 / Concrete Square Incense Burner/ Incense holder/ Minimalist Home Decor
Large Cubed3 / Concrete Square Incense Burner/ Incense holder/ Minimalist Home Decor
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$60.00 USD
SLOPE - Concrete Soap Holder/ Dish
SLOPE - Concrete Soap Holder/ Dish
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$18.00 USD
NEW PRODUCT - Minimalist Concrete Toothbrush Holder / Pen Holder
NEW PRODUCT - Minimalist Concrete Toothbrush Holder / Pen Holder
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$18.00 USD
Low ANGL Cup
Low ANGL Cup
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$32.00 USD
Minimalist Square Concrete Box with Quartz Crystals and Walnut Lid from a Fallen Tree
Minimalist Square Concrete Box with Quartz Crystals and Walnut Lid from a Fallen Tree
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$250.00 USD
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Small Grey Quartz Geometric Hexagonal Box with Oak Lid from a Fallen Tree
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$160.00 USD
Smooth Concrete Cup / Bathroom Cup / Toothbrush Holder/ White/ Gray/ Charcoal
Smooth Concrete Cup / Bathroom Cup / Toothbrush Holder/ White/ Gray/ Charcoal
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$35.00 USD
NEW PRODUCT - Large Concrete Cigar Ashtray
NEW PRODUCT - Large Concrete Cigar Ashtray
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$60.00 USD
Hexagon Concrete Box with Blackened Walnut lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box, Modern Design, Container / Vessel
Hexagon Concrete Box with Blackened Walnut lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box, Modern Design, Container / Vessel
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$65.00 USD
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Crease concrete hanging planter / small hanging planter/ 7 inch hanging planter
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$140.00 USD
Gray Concrete Sugar Box with Dark American Walnut Wood Lid/ Sugar Container/ Minimalist Concrete box with lid
Gray Concrete Sugar Box with Dark American Walnut Wood Lid/ Sugar Container/ Minimalist Concrete box with lid
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$50.00 USD
Marbled Hexagon Concrete Box with solid Oak lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
Marbled Hexagon Concrete Box with solid Oak lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
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$85.00 USD
Hexagon Concrete Box with Walnut lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
Hexagon Concrete Box with Walnut lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
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$55.00 USD
Raw Solid Antique Pine Platform Bed with storage -Queen, King, and Full Sizes Available/ custom made bed/ modern minimal bed frame
Raw Solid Antique Pine Platform Bed with storage -Queen, King, and Full Sizes Available/ custom made bed/ modern minimal bed frame
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$2,950.00 USD
Modern Concrete Shaving Bowl/Cup with solid Black Locust Wood Lid
Modern Concrete Shaving Bowl/Cup with solid Black Locust Wood Lid
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$60.00 USD
Small Grey Concrete Box with geometric sliced solid Dark American Walnut lid/Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
Small Grey Concrete Box with geometric sliced solid Dark American Walnut lid/Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
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$65.00 USD
Orb Pet Bowl / concrete dog bowl / concrete cat bowl /dog bowl/ cat bowl
Orb Pet Bowl / concrete dog bowl / concrete cat bowl /dog bowl/ cat bowl
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$80.00 USD
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6" square concrete planter/ concrete planter/ planter / square / table centerpiece/wedding table centerpieces/ succulent
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$80.00 USD
ANGL CYLO Concrete Pendant light
ANGL CYLO Concrete Pendant light
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$600.00 USD
CYLO Concrete Pendant light
CYLO Concrete Pendant light
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$600.00 USD
ANGL Grey Concrete Planter
ANGL Grey Concrete Planter
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$38.00 USD
MICRO ORB Charcoal Concrete Bowl / Mens ring holder / Women's Ring Holder / Ring Bowl / Jewelry Holder
MICRO ORB Charcoal Concrete Bowl / Mens ring holder / Women's Ring Holder / Ring Bowl / Jewelry Holder
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$30.00 USD
Large Copper Hanging Planter/ Modern Planter / Minimalist Home Decor/ Hanging planter/ Hemisphere
Large Copper Hanging Planter/ Modern Planter / Minimalist Home Decor/ Hanging planter/ Hemisphere
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$140.00 USD
Black and White Marbled Square Concrete Box with solid wood lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
Black and White Marbled Square Concrete Box with solid wood lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
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$100.00 USD
Hexagon Concrete Box with Blackened Walnut lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box, Modern Design, Container / Vessel
Hexagon Concrete Box with Blackened Walnut lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box, Modern Design, Container / Vessel
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$65.00 USD
NEW PRODUCT - Small Concrete Ash Tray
NEW PRODUCT - Small Concrete Ash Tray
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$30.00 USD
NEW PRODUCT - Small Concrete Ash Tray & Stash Box Giftset
NEW PRODUCT - Small Concrete Ash Tray & Stash Box Giftset
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$88.00 USD
ANGL set of 3 Concrete Planters
ANGL set of 3 Concrete Planters
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$96.00 USD
Small white hand spun Hanging Planter / Modern Planter / Plant Hanger / Minimalist Home Decor
Small white hand spun Hanging Planter / Modern Planter / Plant Hanger / Minimalist Home Decor
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$85.00 USD
Large Hanging Planter with hand spun copper/ brass bowl / Modern Planter / Plant Hanger / Minimalist Home Decor/ Hanging planter
Large Hanging Planter with hand spun copper/ brass bowl / Modern Planter / Plant Hanger / Minimalist Home Decor/ Hanging planter
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$140.00 USD
Flashlight Concrete Pendant light
Flashlight Concrete Pendant light
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$600.00 USD
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Triangle Concrete Salt Box with Dark American Walnut Wood Lid/ Salt Cellar/ Minimalist Concrete box with lid
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$50.00 USD
Small Grey Concrete Box with geometric sliced and blackened Dark American Walnut lid/Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
Small Grey Concrete Box with geometric sliced and blackened Dark American Walnut lid/Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
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$75.00 USD
Sale! Small hanging planter/ hand spun copper or brass bowl/ Modern Planter / Plant Hanger / Air Plant Hanger/ Minimalist Home Decor
Sale! Small hanging planter/ hand spun copper or brass bowl/ Modern Planter / Plant Hanger / Air Plant Hanger/ Minimalist Home Decor
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$75.00 USD
Temple Tray/ Concrete Tray/ Minimalist Home Decor / Decorative Tray
Temple Tray/ Concrete Tray/ Minimalist Home Decor / Decorative Tray
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$150.00 USD
CUSTOM - Engraved Small White Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut wood lid
CUSTOM - Engraved Small White Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut wood lid
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$55.00 USD
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4" Square concrete planter/ concrete succulent planter/ planters /gift
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$35.00 USD
SALE!! ANGL Modern Concrete Planter
SALE!! ANGL Modern Concrete Planter
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$40.00 USD
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Nano SQR proposal box / keepsake box / concrete ring box/ ring box / wedding ring box
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$55.00 USD
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NANO ORB Concrete Bowl / Salt Pinch / Jewelry Holder
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$20.00 USD
Small Grey Concrete Box with geometric sliced and blackened Dark American Walnut lid/Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
Small Grey Concrete Box with geometric sliced and blackened Dark American Walnut lid/Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
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$80.00 USD
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Cylinder concrete planters/ concrete succulent planters/ planters / cylindrical / circle/ table centerpiece/wedding table centerpieces/ gift
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$30.00 USD
Salt & Pepper Pinch Pots / NANO ORB Concrete Bowl Set of two
Salt & Pepper Pinch Pots / NANO ORB Concrete Bowl Set of two
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$37.50 USD
Gray Low ANGL Cup
Gray Low ANGL Cup
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$35.00 USD
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Small White Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut or Mahogany wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
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$50.00 USD
Custom - SLING Hanging Wall Shelf - replacement strap set
Custom - SLING Hanging Wall Shelf - replacement strap set
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$50.00 USD
Small White Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
Small White Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
INSEKDESIGN
$50.00 USD
Set of Three Small Concrete Boxes with White Oak / Walnut / Mahogany wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor
Set of Three Small Concrete Boxes with White Oak / Walnut / Mahogany wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor
INSEKDESIGN
$135.00 USD
MICRO ORB Concrete Succulent Planter / Concrete planter/ Air plant holder
MICRO ORB Concrete Succulent Planter / Concrete planter/ Air plant holder
INSEKDESIGN
$30.00 USD
SLING Hanging Wall Shelf and Clothing Rod/ Walnut Shelf with Leather and Brass
SLING Hanging Wall Shelf and Clothing Rod/ Walnut Shelf with Leather and Brass
INSEKDESIGN
$325.00 USD
Small Grey Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
Small Grey Concrete Box with solid Dark American Walnut wood lid / Minimalist Home Decor/Jewelry Box
INSEKDESIGN
$50.00 USD
MICRO ORB Concrete Bowl / Mens ring holder / Women's Ring Holder / Ring Bowl / Jewelry Holder
MICRO ORB Concrete Bowl / Mens ring holder / Women's Ring Holder / Ring Bowl / Jewelry Holder
INSEKDESIGN
$30.00 USD
Minimalist SQR Concrete Side Table / Nightstand
Minimalist SQR Concrete Side Table / Nightstand
INSEKDESIGN
$1,750.00 USD
Marbled Hexagon Concrete Box with solid Blackened Walnut lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
Marbled Hexagon Concrete Box with solid Blackened Walnut lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
INSEKDESIGN
$85.00 USD
Hudson bed — minimalist wooden bedframe made with walnut
Hudson bed — minimalist wooden bedframe made with walnut
INSEKDESIGN
$3,200.00 USD
Hudson bed — minimalist wooden bedframe made with ash
Hudson bed — minimalist wooden bedframe made with ash
INSEKDESIGN
$3,200.00 USD
Marbled Square Concrete Box with solid wood lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
Marbled Square Concrete Box with solid wood lid / Minimalist, Modern Home Decor, Jewelry Box, Container
INSEKDESIGN
$80.00 USD
Extra Large 10" diameter White Aluminium Hanging Planter — Minimalist Home Decor
Extra Large 10" diameter White Aluminium Hanging Planter — Minimalist Home Decor
INSEKDESIGN
$140.00 USD

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