SIN is a Brooklyn-based design company, focused on creating functional, handcrafted products that blur the lines between arts and crafts and design. The pieces created by SIN cozy houses into homes, leaving spaces feeling lived in.
Virginia Sin, the woman behind SIN, is a Brooklyn-based ceramicist and designer. In 2006, she left LA for Brooklyn, abandoning, “way better sushi” in the name of making a name for herself. With her collections of overalls, small rocks and medium-sized succulents in tow, she set up a studio in Greenpoint and developed The Gluttony Collection – the first line of sustainable dinnerware from SIN. By 2007, the collection had attracted the attention of Design Within Reach and received “Most Sustainable” in the Modern + Design + Function Competition.
Born to a stay-at-home Tiger mom who played senior pro tennis and a father who ran a jewelry store, she was raised on a peninsula that poked out into the Pacific Ocean in suburban LA. As a kid, she spent most of her time in her parents’ backyard, pretending to be a squirrel. But like all good things, her squirrel days had to come to an end at a certain point. And at that point, she started looking for other hobbies. Like ceramics.
By 19, she was ready to do something more serious with the arts. So she went to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California to study graphic design and advertising.
A week after graduation, she packed up her belongings and moved to New York City where she freelanced as a designer for branding agencies and worked as a personal chef for a guy who really liked tacos. Eventually, she landed in advertisting where she continues to work as an art director/associate creative director.
“I founded SIN as a way to make my memories tangible. The pieces that I make take something disposable or transient and make it permanent. They’re pieces with a lot of life in them that I hope will bring that lived in feeling to other people’s homes.” - Virginia Sin, Founder of SIN.