In "Living Philosophies", published in 1931, Albert Einstein wrote the following: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." As far as we have come as a species, as impressive and elegant our technology, nature, with its bizarre structures, dizzying scales of both the macro and the micro, its unpredictability, can still present us with new mysteries. All living things, from orchids, to hummingbirds to a peacock's tail have abstract designs with a beauty of form, pattern and color that, throughout human history, artists have struggled to match. Nature is still the greatest source of artistic inspiration for painters, poets, writers, sculptors, photographers and artists of every discipline. It is practically the sole inspiration of metal-ware designer, Michael Aram.
Aram has been well known for twenty five years for his unique take on home furnishings and tableware. He received a degree in Art History from Bates College, in Maine, and went on to study fine art in Florence, Italy, at the Studio Art Center International and the University of Florence. In New York, he studied at the New York Art Students League before taking a job designing books and posters in the editorial department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the late 1980's, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metal working 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 successfully launched his first thematic collection in 1989. The company and brand have grown steadily ever since. Using nature and his immediate surroundings for inspiration, Aram has built his brand's reputation by creating high-quality craft-based pieces which are largely inspired by the natural world. He has now turned his skill to fine jewelry design.
After honing his metallurgist techniques to create his signature sculpted designs in precious metals, Aram now launches his first jewelry collection, with pieces designed in sterling silver and 18 karat gold, ignited with diamonds and colorful gemstones. The collection will debut at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Michael Aram's flagship store at 136 West 18th Street in New York City. Like his celebrated decorative arts collection, Michael Aram Jewelry is created with age-old techniques, and imbued with a soulful quality that reflects the hand of the artist. His designs beckon the wearer to enter an enchanted world where twigs entwine wrists, vines caress fingers and feathers take flight on ears. The metals glisten and the gems explode with colorful brilliance. The inspiration Aram draws from nature is seamlessly reflected in his jewelry. There is beauty in a botanical leaf necklace sparkling with diamonds or an earring glistening with amethyst, poetry in a feather cuff on a wrist.
Aram's deep attraction to nature, in particular to the fascinating variety of the world's trees and plants, has been the signature motif of his collection throughout his career, and he brings the same beautiful precision to the finest detail of his jewelry designs. "For me there is an inherent symbolic meaning in my choice of motifs and materials," explains Aram. "Nature offers limitless design inspiration. My vision is to share the gift of nature with my collectors through something they can wear and cherish every day."
Michael Aram Jewelry will premiere with an impressive assortment of necklaces, pendants, earrings, cuffs and rings in sterling silver and 18 karat gold, with prices ranging from $250 - $15,000 in August, 2014
136 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 461 6903