Friday, January 8, 2010

What We Want Now: Michael Aram

Picture 46.jpgSitting squarely between the artist and artisan is icon Michael Aram, master metalworker and craft-based objets d’art designer.

Aram, who discovered his rich signature metalworking traditions in “a life-altering trip to India,” creates breathtaking pieces which are as beautiful as sculptural objects, standing empty, as they are functional pieces. From tableware to furniture, and sold in galleries and specialty stores worldwide, Aram’s pieces are eternal.

Each piece is entirely handmade, meaning no two are ever the same. We’re loving his extraordinarily elegant gold-plated Pomegranate salt and pepper shakers, $99, which enrich any tabletop and look so very cool with frosty AnnieGlass dishes.

The Pomegranate Collection takes its inspiration from the form and texture found in foliage from around the world. “For me,” Aram said, “the shapes conjure a sense of freshness and fragility. At the same time the textures represent a metaphor for life itself…growth, vitality, pulsation. Pomegranates,” he continued, “are a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty. It is an age-old image which crosses cultures and transcends time.”

Click here to visit Michael Aram online and view his entire collection.

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