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About Sara Hayat : Sara Hayat is the founder of Sara Hayat Designs, a modern and artful furniture brand with a signature perspective on shape and luxury material. The Hayat Family has been rooted in fine furniture making since the 1870’s, when Sara’s great-grandfather began manufacturing furniture in Gujrat (Pre-Partition India). Driven by their entrepreneurial passion and skill, M. Hayat & Bros were quickly the leading furniture crafters in the country known for making exquisite, high quality antique reproductions. Since, they have furnished spaces for royals, presidents, prestigious hotels and esteemed clients throughout the world including King George V and President John F. Kennedy, whose famed M. Hayat & Bros. rocking chair from the Kennedy White House was recently sold for $89,600 at Julien’s Auction. Sara was born and raised in Pakistan. Although she was surrounded by artisans, math was more to her liking. Sara attended University of Minnesota where she studied Economics, homing in on what drives human behavior and how people make decisions in both unpredictable and calculable circumstances. Approaching math from a psychological perspective, Sara focused on Options and Derivatives which afforded her the chance to dive deeper into probabilistic thinking in decision making. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a degree in Applied Economics, Sara began a successful career in finance, trading futures and crypto currency. However, the impact of her heritage and her love of design stayed with her. Like many, spending more time at home during the pandemic emphasized to her the importance of space. She began remembering time spent at her grandfather’s factory learning how each detail can shift an experience. As Sara ventures out with her namesake company, she recognizes she is standing on the shoulders of giants but is poised to present her own vision of craftsmanship and the place of furniture in our lives.
STATEMENT OF ART:
We all have a vision of our future selves. A version of us that we aspire to be, that we haven’t yet revealed to the world. In our imagination we are free. Unbounded by constraints, allowing us to be all we can be.

Outside of us, we focus on the day to day. Not having enough time or space to plan and cultivate the foundation for our future selves. There is something to be said about surrounding yourself with beauty and reminders that nudge you into fulfilling the vision you have for yourself and your life. I believe in the power of aesthetics and beauty, and how it has a way of leaving us changed; forcing us to see and feel beyond what we could’ve imagined possible. This seismic shift in perception and feeling can be in a Vermeer painting or a song on the radio that pushes you outside of yourself. It can also be the beautifully imagined and designed furniture pieces in your home.

Your home.

The place where you are most vulnerable. A place you share your most intimate moments with friends and family. When designing my pieces, the core ethos was that it should have the power to move, to dazzle and to remind you of all that you are and can be. I wanted them to influence and motivate. A physical reminder of how far you have come and how far you will go.

Since the 1870s, my family has produced timeless, antique reproductions for dignitaries and esteemed clients the world over. By continuously exploring and experimenting with different materials and manufacturing techniques, they have produced pieces that inspire and move.

I hope the power of aesthetic force shines through in my designs. I have tried to break the mold and make each item unique and functional. I hope they add beauty in your lives and your homes.

ORGANIZATION:
Sara Hayat Design

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Financial analyst Finance, banking, insurance

EDUCATION:
I attended University of Minnesota 2013 where I studied Economics, homing in on what drives human behavior and how people make decisions in both unpredictable and calculable circumstances. Approaching math from a psychological perspective, I focused on Options and Derivatives which afforded me the chance to dive deeper into probabilistic thinking in decision making.

EXPERIENCE:
After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a degree in Applied Economics, I began a successful career in finance, trading futures and crypto currency.
I felt that to pursue my life long passion in design and spent the last year creating and designing 30 new furniture products - most of which are proprietary.

AWARDS:
2022, Winner, International Architecture and Design Award, USA

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2022, “T4 Modular System,” Robb Report Best of the Best issue, pages 286-287, https://robbreport.com/best-of-the-best/gallery/20
22-best-design-1234681331/ June, USA

2022, "Bevel Sofa," "Fleur Lounge Chair," Luxe Interiors & Design Magazine, pages May/June, National/USA

2022, "T4 Modular System," Robb Report, https://robbreport.com/shelter/home-design/sara-ha
yat-couch-tetris-video-game-1234661536/, February, International

2022, "T4 Modular System," Robb Report, https://hiconsumption.com/sara-hayat-the-tetris-mo
dular-couch/, February, International

2022, "T4 Modular System," Robb Report, https://www.gearpatrol.com/home/a38688016/best-hom
e-design-releases-january-11-2022/ , February, International

2022, "Top 6 Most loved pieces by Sara Hayat Design," Sunday Times, https://sunday.com.pk/lifestyle/home/top-6-most-lo
ved-pieces-from-sara-hayat-design/ , March, Lahore/Pakistan

HOBBIES:
photography, golf, graphic design, reading, writing, fitness, cooking

WEB SITE:
www.sara-hayat.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.sara-hayat.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2021-12-05 02:54:40

COUNTRY/REGION:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Startup

Awards received by Sara Hayat


The Bevel Sofa

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Furniture Design Category in 2021
Sara Hayat for Sara Hayat Design

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