Peasant Collection, pictured top, is a furniture series that makes use of familiar shapes arranged just slightly off-kilter.
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.
Jointed Jewels, above, grows out of project investigating ball joints in 3D printed jewelry, expanding to include new forms, scales and colors (including a metallic gold shade and bright colors). Each piece of jewelry is printed in one go—the ball joints are embedded in each other from the get-go.It started as an exploration of ball joints, commonly found in cars and hip replacements. Alissia Melka-Teichroew had the idea of creating a ball joint -normally assembled with separate parts- as one single piece. Through the use of selective laser sintering she was able to literally make a ball inside a ball. Hence, the industrial connecter was transformed into an object of beauty and wonder.
A clean and striking jewelry collection was created around this innovative concept. Each piece has been made with the same technique: it seems like an intricately assembled object but is in fact one single piece that was made in one go. Although the jointed pieces share the same birthing process, each item has a different identity. There are round, square, long and tubular forms that pick up references from recognizable icons of classic jewelry. Many of the bangles, necklaces and rings are interpretations of renaissance and Victorian jewels and there are also references to intricately made and very precious pieces by luxury brands like Bulgari and Cartier. In addition, there are multi-tiered necklaces that display connecting joints that resemble human bone structure.
The other participating designers include Lindsey Adelman, David Des Moutis, and Breaded Escalope. (Meet My Project has a series of lo-fi videos made by each participating designer at their site).
Meet My Project
14 -19 April from 11:00 - 20:00
SPAZIO IDA MILANO - Zona Bovisa
Via Giovanni Durando 30
20158, Milano - Italy
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.