Salone Milan 2010 – AMT @ Meet my Project

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Alissia Melka-Teichroew of byAMT Studio will present the Peasant Collection.

This playful and innovative furniture series consists of friendly and familiar shapes that are balanced with slightly surreal and off-kilter features. The material serves as a main source of inspiration for this collection. It’s an examination of the properties of wood, how it moves and adjusts itself, seemingly on its own.

The image of crooked slats in a weathered picket fence originally impelled Alissia Melka-Teichroew to explore the idea of asymmetrical wood pieces supporting each other. She found a similar kind of irregularity and balancing act in the old-fashioned one-legged milk stool. By merging the two concepts she arrived at the Milk Stools, a sturdy but uneven chair propped up by expressive and lopsided legs. The design evolved into a larger Milk Bench with similarly jumbled legs that almost look like they’re moving on their own.

Out of these objects grew a whole family of furniture. The All Is Vanity is based on an easel—yet it refers to something much softer and rounder that brings the rituals of dressing up to mind. A leather strap and hardware keep the delicate structure in place. The Skirt Side Table features a variation on the original idea of wooden slats by turning a set of dowels into a fixed “table cloth” that looks like a hoop skirt in motion. The American Beauty Desk Light and the American Beauty Hanging Lamp have a soft and approachable shape but are made out of hard materials like wood and glass. The idea of a balancing act recurs with the wooden ball, which refers to a stabilizing weight, but it’s function is in fact to provide an elegant route for the electrical cord

The ball joints in car and hip replacements are what got Alissia Melka-Teichroew into using selective laser sintering to create the ball within a ball as one piece. Et voilà … the industrial connector became jewellery.

The pieces in the Jointed Jewels collection seem to have been intricately assembled, but each was a single piece made in one shot. Though the pieces may be of different shapes, they all share the same “birthing” process

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