Sheila Lam

Sheila Lam

Design and Culture WriterLondon, United Kingdom
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Sheila Lam

Sheila Lam

Design and Culture WriterLondon, United Kingdom
About me
As a Vietnamese-Canadian living in Europe, I am a writer of many voices. My work is influenced by authors like Italo Calvino, Hisham Matar, and Robin Wall Kimmerer. My goal is to bring a gentle understanding of people and places through keen observation, lived experience, and reflection. A contributing writer for Wallpaper* and Cereal magazine and editor of Faculty Department, my favourite stories to tell are that of inspiring individuals. I've covered the world of design and travel for publications, including Travel + Leisure and Openhouse. Among the notable residencies I've been involved with are Numeroventi in Florence and Norn in Barcelona, Berlin, and London. My previous work consists of stories for the Emmy Award-winning Life & Thyme, including articles on Copenhagen, Norway, and the Faroe Islands. When not studying the artworks in galleries and museums, I can be found swimming in the sea at low tide and horseback riding. My pronouns are she/her.
  • Perception and Change
    Perception and Change"My original stay was meant to be a sweet and ephemeral two weeks. As flights back to London began to withdraw from the departures manifest, my time at Numeroventi stretched over months." Wrote about Florence artist residency Numeroventi for Openhouse magazine issue N°14 out now.
  • Faculty Department Vol. 2
    Faculty Department Vol. 2Faculty Department focuses on the lives, spaces, and stories of creative individuals worldwide. Faculty Department began with a curious eye and a desire to document the lives of people who influenced photographer, Justin Chung, on his creative path. These individuals, noteworthy in every way, were his teachers. This second volume showcases a range of stories from his travels abroad and close to home, with a recurring theme on a way of being—simple living with purpose—in mind throughout.
  • CEREAL Westholme Tea
    CEREAL Westholme TeaA feature on Canada's first tea farm, Westholme, for CEREAL magazine online. Including a poem interpreting the process of cold-weather farming.
  • CEREAL Volume 13
    CEREAL Volume 13This volume discussed design with John Pawson and Margaret Howell, explored the cities of Sydney and London, and escaped to Sri Lanka and Bali. Other features included sailing with Loro Piana, visiting the studio of Landon Metz, and touring the former home of Georgia O’Keeffe.
  • CEREAL The Material of Light
    CEREAL The Material of LightIn conversation with founder and creative director Omer Arbel of Bocci.
  • CEREAL Volume 14
    CEREAL Volume 14In this volume I was asked to mediate on the subject of desire, where I created a contemporary haiku—the first of a two-part series of poems for print.
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Projects credited in
  • Kingspin
    KingspinA series of events leads to the demise of an underground Romanian gang. In the midst of the chaos, unintentional partnerships seem to form.
Work history
    Writer and Sub EditorFaculty Department
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Inside the lives of noteworthy individuals. Faculty Department is a book series by photographer, Justin Chung, that focuses on the lives, spaces, and stories of creative individuals worldwide. Volumes 1 and 2 out now.
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    CEREAL logo
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Cereal is a biannual, travel & style magazine based in the United Kingdom. Each issue focusses on a select number of destinations, alongside engaging interviews and stories on unique design, art, and fashion.
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