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Michael Aram Designs for Spring 2009

By Ellie Grant

Michael Aram is an American born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980’s, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions. Inspired to work with craftsmen whose skills he felt were greatly untapped, Aram turned his creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in New Delhi.

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.

Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram’s work. Whether part of his narrative and figurative ‘signature’ collection or of his more contemporary ‘studio’ line, each piece is entirely handmade with no two examples ever exactly the same.

The handmade quality of the work allows it to shift beautifully between the realm of fine and decorative art. This enduring mélange of quality and originality is as at home in contemporary surroundings as it is in more classical interiors.

Known for his intricate metalworking techniques and whimsical designs  (not to mention a West Village home exquisitely decked out in quintessential New York glam), Michael Aram brings us the New Spring 2009 Collections that offer charming accents for the home and gifts to be treasured.

Entertain guests with a refreshing summer spread adorned with the Lemonwood Pitcher, Dish, and Serving Tray. Channeling the lemon tree landscape of Sorrento, Italy, the intricate forms and textures of these hand-forged pieces dress up any gathering and will most certainly be a topic of conversation.

Also drawing from nature, the distinctive gold Gooseberry Collection and jewel-like aluminum Mantaray Collection highlight the textural complexities of hand-worked metal.  Whether a large statement piece like the Mantaray Bowl or a small treasure such as the Gooseberry Tea Strainer, Michael’s designs celebrate the art of metalworking and life’s little luxuries.

Michael’s work is available on his official site, http://www.michaelaram.com/nsite/home.aspx, at Macy’s (www.Macys.com/MichaelAram), and at other fine stores including Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.

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