There are a few pioneers of the modern-organic trend, and sculptor-turned tabletop craftsman Michael Aram is one of them. His flagship store in Manhattan, where the walls are made of cast aluminum tiles and painted black brick, features his stunning collection of handcrafted metal tableware and furniture...From his website: Aram's work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker. This energy is further enhanced by the tension of line, form, and meaning that is characteristic of Aram's work. As extraordinary objects, they cause us to pause and consider them, and therefore create a sense of ritual and ceremony in their day to day use.
Features of his collection include hammered silver bowls perched atop red coral branches, Ginko leaves as salad servers, and birch bark and recycled aluminum crafted into vases. His collection is highly sculptural and seemingly drawn from fairy tales, where vines wind their way around cake plates like the tresses of some Earth Day Rapunzel.
Big-personality accent furniture rounds out the mostly-tabletop collection (his funky skeleton chair can be seen in Thom Filicia's own Mahattan home) and the silver River Rock lamps would turn the most avid glitz-a-phobe into a believer of Aram's unique brand of alchemy.
But don't just head to the store to shop; the small space itself is worth the trip. Dark and moody so the metals sparkle, it is part industrial, part slick apartment, part nature, and part fantasy... but pure inspiration. The net effect in our opinion is what would happen if Tiffany's merged with VivaTerra. Don't be put off, though, as a little of his work can go a long way, so the store has the slight tendency to overwhelm. But just imagine the impact just one of his cast Palmetto fronds would have on a wenge table.
Edited from this post originally published 4.23.07 (2 Comments)