Michael Aram’s Luxury Furniture and Tableware For Your Modern Dining Room
Michael Aram is an award-winning American Armenian artist who has dedicated his career to craft-based design. Inspired by a trip to India at age 25, he established a second home and studio there, where he continues to draw creative inspiration today. Modern Dining Tables brings you his luxury tableware and astounding furniture to inspire you.
Trained as a painter, sculptor, and art historian, Michael Aram has neatly applied his diverse background to the decorative arts. Lyrical and often witty, his work encompasses a wide range of media and reveals a rich and variant source of inspiration – nature, mythology, narrative storytelling, and purified form. Michael Aram’s work is also a celebration of craft and age-old hand working traditions. It is the enduring fusion of these ideals – originality, narrative, and craftsmanship – that has become the hallmark of this gifted artist.
Reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s artistic technique of splattering paint onto his canvas, Michael Aram introduces After the Storm, a collection created by dripping hot molten metal over formed curves and flat planes. After the Storm is inspired by the pervasive sense of calm one feels when a storm has come to rest. It is the celebration of the serene afterglow; the moment when the sky clears, the breeze is soft, and the streets are purged by the receding rain.
A few years ago there was a big storm that I watched from my window. The torrential rain hit the window, spattered, and dripped down my windowpane. Once the storm finished, a mixture of curiosity and cabin fever lead me outside to explore the wreckage left in the wake of the storm. Branches were downed, leaves, and mud combined into sludge caught in the storm drains. There was something beautiful in the newly formed clusters of natural elements that had been pulled together by the storm. I wanted to capture that sense of unpredictability in the intensely spontaneous flow of natural material in each piece.
Fascinated with the richness of the living crafts tradition which he discovered on his first trip to Delhi, the artist would seek out craftsmen in the old city by listening for the sound of metal being beaten and by searching for the aroma of baked molasses, a signal of the sand casting process. Michael spent hours observing artisans as they made things the same way families had made them for centuries. Touched by the talent and humility of these gifted artisans, Michael Aram set up a design studio in India where he has created his work for over 30 years.
From Prabuddha Dasgupta photographs to Raja Ravi Verma oleographs and modern art to Hindu and Christian ritual objects, there isn’t a dull corner. This unique dining table is a Michael Aram “mashup” with a carved blackened teak top and cast metal legs. The dining chairs in teak and leather are by Ashley Hicks. The “lock-less” key gates are by Michael Aram, a metaphor for the unsafeness of urban life. Thecrystal and porcelain tableware was also designed by the designer.
Michael Aramis highly inspired by his surroundings and often makes sculptures of objects that might otherwise be overlooked in the everyday. Nature is his biggest muse, as is the handmade process. His work combines the imperfections innate in the handmade process with the perfectly imperfect beauty of nature to create objects that reflect humanity. Many of his pieces are ingrained with a rich storyline, inherent symbolism, and deep-rooted meaning. Sometimes his work is simply exploration and celebration of the handmade process.
What do you think about this fine craftsmanship by Michael Aram?