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Keep it simple. That’s the philosophy that shapes Nathalisa Octavia’s (@nathalisaoctavia) life, from the delicate stone and sterling silver jewelry she designs to the dreamy, softly lit photos of her frequent travels. “Our philosophy is make it simple but comfortable,” the 24-year-old product designer of From Tiny Islands (@fromtinyislands) and creative director of the Watch Company says. “I find joy in touching the texture of a surface, combining colors and shape, thinking on how an object could have better function.” Jakarta, Indonesia, where Nathalisa and her business partner Jane Lukman live and work, is bursting with startups, but their clear-eyed point of view and subtle yet stunning creations set them apart. “Sometimes people look down on us because we are young. But I realized that when you really believe in what you do, people will eventually believe in you,” Nathalisa says. “We are not going to stop here. We want to go bigger and be known internationally.” What’s her best advice for other 20-something small business owners? “Be original! In this digital era when you can just copy and see inspiration, you have to have your own take.”