Inside Nomia Designer, Yara Flinn’s Brooklyn Home

Photographed by Daniel Terna.

The designer’s space is smart and simple

The following feature appears in the September 2016 issue of NYLON.

Those familiar with Yara Flinn’s fashion brand Nomia won’t be surprised that her one-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is as minimal-chic as the collections for which she’s known. “I make dresses for women who don’t like dresses,” says the longtime New York City dweller, sitting on a linear gray sofa in a sporty sleeveless anorak-style midi frock of her own design.

“It’s so hard to find a dress that feels like jeans and a T-shirt—not only in terms of comfort, but also feeling casual and put-together.” Her aesthetic, she says, “is really about juxtapositions: the tensions between masculine and feminine, between utilitarian and luxury. I like recontextualizing shapes into unexpected fabrics. Those are the things I find most exciting about design.”

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Translate that to the home, and you won’t find ruffled curtains. Instead there are clean lines, unstained wood, two cats, art from friends, and a lot of herbs and plants. The coffee table, built by her husband, architect Drew Seskunas, is a Uline utility cart on locking casters that he cut down and topped with painted and varnished OSB (oriented strand board), the strong and cheap material commonly found at construction sites. “I love it, because you can move it and do your workout on the rug,” she explains. Seskunas, whose design studio The Principals makes experimental architecture, objects, and furniture, also notes a pragmatic benefit of the table’s wire base: “It helps to have something open so cat hair doesn’t collect.”

Flinn had lived in the apartment for a few years before Seskunas joined her (they got hitched in August), but aside from a few antique rugs from eBay, she hadn’t directed much attention to the space. “I wasn’t the best nest-maker,” she concedes with a laugh. “I was at work for such long hours that I came home just to go to sleep. Once Drew moved in, he was like, ‘So basically we’re going to redo everything.’”

Photographed by Daniel Terna.

With his encouragement, Flinn got inspired. A lamp that had sat in its box for eight years finally went up, and now she’s getting into tactile ceramics. “I used to covet shoes,” she adds. “Now I covet housewares.” Though they both have strong opinions about design, the marriage of their furnishings was pretty easy. “Luckily we have very similar tastes,” says Flinn. She liked everything Seskunas contributed, particularly another OSB side table with triangular legs that he and his partner laboriously fit together and secured with dowels.

Other pieces include prototypes from a pop-up shop he built for Everlane: a tall mirror in light, unfinished wood, and a rack, similar to a ladder, on which they can hang things, like a wetsuit after a day of surfing.

Photographed by Daniel Terna.

But the emphasis on function doesn’t mean that beauty is compromised. Flinn, influenced by the ’80s classic The International Book of Lofts and other vintage interiors books that she buys off Amazon, describes her vision for the home as “warm minimal.” A Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer that she found on Craigslist—in tan leather, not the more popular black—is a perfect example. “When I found it, I was like, ‘Oh my god, amazing,’” she says. “For me, chrome plus tan equals the perfect juxtaposition of materials. It’s austere, but it’s warm.”

Her Instagram feed features more design inspiration from the ’70s and ’80s, like a monochromatic pale yellow living room with sling chairs, and a tonal carpeted floor with sunken seating areas. Pointing to a photo in the lofts book, she says, “I mean, these Mario Botta chairs are amazing, and for some reason I can still be inspired by them for clothing, because it’s about the lines, or the finishes of the metal.” And that only makes sense. When Flinn speaks about her home, she could just as easily be describing her mission for fashion. “There should be a lived-in aspect to it,” she says. “It shouldn’t be untouchable.”

Photographed by Daniel Terna.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.