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Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.
- My favorite material to work with is metal. Brass and sterling specifically, and then hard stones like quartz. Those are my top three. I don't want to box myself in by using the same material each season, so I'm introducing a lot of new material in our ne
- Two of my favorite magazines, Lula and the Gentlewoman. I love re-reading old issues. On top of the magazines in a variation of our Shield Necklace ($106), a variation of our
- My studio is in the Morgan Fine Arts building in Greenpoint. I've been here about a year and some odd months, and I love it. It's an amazing building and a great environment—it used to be an old pillow factory. The entire brand is created in here,
- Inspiration wall and mood board. Currently watching endless episodes of the X-Files to gather inspiration for our upcoming fall collection "Hallucinations". It's a tough job.
- Luna Stud Earrings (top right, $55) and the Galbi Studs (bottom right, $102)
- Here's a smattering of magazines, music, and some recent press from Zink.
- Our most popular piece is called the Golden Dawn necklace ($148). It's a hand-carved fist pendant fitted with a quartz wand. I've recently been sourcing one of a kind
- The Aleister Eye Pendant Necklace ($117)
- We burn different oils almost everyday. It's nice to smell something other than something vaguely metallic. Our favorites are Goddess Isis oil and Eucalyptus.
- Our accidentally very very pink container of all of our currently used castings
- This is an old brass bird skull in a bell jar and a photograph of a cat titled "Sweety" at the bottom, dated 1911.
- Versions of the Golden Dawn Necklace
- Here's a collection of original watercolors that Chicago artist Krystal DiFronzo made for us to coincide with our last collection.
- The Sap Ear Cuff (bottom left, $175) and the Johai Earrings ($115)
- My nook next to my desk full of antique baubles, some plant life, magazines and all kinds of other knick knacks that I like surrounding myself with.
- In early college I was into making wearable steel animal masks. This ram's head was one of my first attempts at MIG welding. I've come along way.
- Essential oils, my lucky Rhino from the Museum of Natural History, and my Heinz Pickle Pin. I'm a Pennsylvania girl at heart, always.
Photos by Driely S. for Racked
Designer Laura Busony makes every piece of her jewelry line, LAB by Laura Busony, in her Greenpoint studio: a space in the Morgan Fine Arts building that's filled with pounds of brass, quartz and amethyst, metal animal masks she made in college, and watercolor portraits that coincide with her latest collection.
"An average workday for me is about 12 hours, sometimes longer when I have something big in the pipeline. If we had a couch here I'd probably never leave." When she does finally go home, she binge-watches Netflix like the rest of us. ("I'm on my third run of watching True Detective. I don't care, I love it.") Take a photo tour through her inspiring studio after the jump.