Not all senior thesis projects are quote unquote “successful” endeavors. Many are doomed, unfortunately, to become irrelevant hiccups over the course of a creative’s trajectory. But not so with Daniela Jacobs. From her start as a young Parson’s student, the designer has stood out from her peers, possessing an uncommon eye for adornments for both body and home. Following the positive reception for her own thesis project, Jacobs founded ARC, less a jewelry and home goods company (though it sells both) than–to paraphrase Jacobs–an impetus for mindfulness and creative expression. What that translates to, in less lofty terms, are objects, wonderfully fashioned.
Jacobs, who works between New York and Mallorca, takes her cues from nature. Bone-white porcelain, often her medium of choice, bends about the neck, dangles in egg-like loops from the ears. Her porcelain plates curve naturally around one another, partners in some elegant tabletop crime. (Jacobs also works in upcycled plexiglass, cleverly titled “Invisibles” within her collection.) In an era of fast-fashion sameness, Jacobs’s work feels absolutely unique, too refined for lesser brands to even attempt ripping off. Some things, it seems, simply can’t be replicated.
In the years since founding ARC, Jacobs has caught the eye of all the usual suspects. Vogue, T Magazine, and Interview are all fans, as are countless fashion-and-design blogs of note. And, if it wasn’t obvious enough already, SIXTY is a very big fan. Below, we talk to Jacobs about subway delays, airport arrivals, and feeling no guilt when it comes to life’s pleasures.
Place of residence:
Between New York City and Mallorca, Spain–but mostly NYC.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Quote to live by:
“The journey is the destination.”
First job you ever had:
Least favorite part of your day:
Dealing with subway delays, if I’m in NYC.
Windows down, the song you’re playing is:
Depends on my mood! Lately, I have been really into Bajito a Selva. Or, if I’m in a quieter mood, “David & Batsheva” by Marion Von Tilzer.
Three guilty pleasures:
I think this is a misguided way to think about pleasure! I try to enjoy what I enjoy in moderation and not feel guilty about it.
If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?
Too hard to say! My movie preferences shift a lot…
You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…
I have so many talented friends; I’d buy their work!
Plane, train or automobile for a trip?
I suppose plane because it extends the possibilities further to where I might be going! I don’t love being on a plane, though I do love the arriving part.
What IS your favorite trip?
Arguably my trips home to Mallorca. It’s always so incredibly good to be back. I also just went to Mexico and had a most inspiring time. I already can’t wait to return.
Personal travel ethos:
Keep your eyes and your mind open.
Drink of choice:
A dry cava brut–or a fresh horxata!
Beach house or tree house:
Beach house! I am very much a sea person.
Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?
Hm… this is a hard question! I am a big fan of simple, fresh ingredients. The most memorable meals I’ve had have been with friends, fresh-caught or -picked ingredients, and a grill.
What is the best news you ever received?
Good news is always relative. When my loved ones and I are healthy, everything feels like good news.
Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.
I find the glamorization of being “busy” or “stressed” so overrated.
Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.
A Bomba Estéreo concert. I went with one of my closest friends and we danced so much my feet still hurt the next day.
Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?
By the sea. Alongside it or under water, if possible.