Creative Director/ Designer/ Entrepreneur
Moss & Lam is one of Toronto’s most cherished art studios. Their artworks are so far reaching that there is a good chance you’ve encountered their work, even if you don’t realize it.
From Milan to Hong Kong, from New York to Toronto, Moss & Lam is known for creating massive, whimsical interior pieces and installations marrying art and architecture with an emphasis on hand craftsmanship. Now, housing a team of 25 talented artists, the Studio has been commissioned by some of the world’s biggest names, such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, the Four Seasons hotel, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, and so on.
No doubt, their portfolio is truly impressive. But what I find most inspiring is, despite all of the success, owner Deborah has been living a very humble lifestyle far away from fame and glam. She has been constantly exploring creatively, embracing new challenges, and opening to self-learning and self-discovery, especially when she lost her dear husband Edward Lam, her best friend, her life and business partner, and the father of her two young daughters.
Deborah is a woman full of strength, vulnerability, wisdom, resilience, and grace. During our conversation, she generously shares her process of grieving and healing after losing Edward, and thoughtfully speaks about the importance of practicing gratitude and the beauty of risk-taking. After we parted ways, her poetic wisdom was still lingering in my mind for quite a while.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
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“I think (for someone) who has experienced losing a partner, you lose a part of yourself. People always say : “Oh well, you’d get over it. You will move on.” That’s not the right thing to say, kind of. It’s your sadness and it’s very valuable to own it and acknowledge it. It’s in your life and it’s something that happened to you. It changes who you are. You can move forward and you can move backwards a little bit. And it’s all okay.” Deborah Moss