Courtesy of Michael Aram
Artisan and renowned home ware designer Michael Aram started his journey to creating his highly successful collection after becoming inspired by the craftsmen in India during a trip there in the late 1980's. Later he set up his workshop there where he creates handmade products and develops designs oftentimes based on his love of nature.
Here, Aram shares more about that first trip he took to India, some of his ideas behind the pieces he creates and what he has in store for upcoming collections.
What are your goals when creating pieces that are both highly artistic yet functional?
I want to make pieces which spark conversation and enliven the environment when in use or on display. I want to celebrate the daily rituals of meals around the table, or the simple things we do around our house by designing objects which add richness and memory to the experience. I want to make pieces that reverberate with the immediacy and energy of the handmade process and which make us pause and smile when we use them.
You have used designs that mimic twigs, flowers and coral in your past collections. What items in nature are inspiring you now?
I am always looking at nature for inspiration. I'm currently working on a collection that celebrates the imperfections and transience found in nature...