+ swedish jeweller Pia Aleborg


Today a good friend litterally dragged me to a lecture about Swedish jewellery design. The lecture was in conjunction with a show at Gallery Loupe in Montclair, NJ. Three of the artists were at the lecture as well which was held at 92nd Street Y. The show at Gallery Loupe was curated by Tracy Steepy, whom also held the lecture this evening.

All of this to say that, the work we were shown was great, not so great, beautiful, not so beautiful. A mix of a lot of different thoughts went through my mind when i saw the work. But all in all enjoyed it very much to see and hear a lot about each piece and the thoughts behind the pieces. Even if the way they were made or the final choices might not have been mine, the thoughts that people had, the themes were all very compelling.

At the end of the lecture there was a Q & A with 3 of the designers. Auli Laitinen, Helena Lindholm and Pia Aleborg. Pia Aleborg’s work was the most compelling to me, however Helena’s aethetic, use of colour and materials made me very happy and Auli’s sense of creating conversation pieces as well as great craftmanship was also great, Pia’s work seemed like something I would remember and research a bit. Another thing that I very much enjoyed is the way she cuts to the chase, and it is something that is missed in American culture in my opinion. This is why I do miss Holland often. When the designers were asked what they felt was the difference between the US and Sweden or differences they had noticed. Auli mentioned that Americans had mostly spoken to her about technique and materials rather than content of the work. She didn’t know why. However Pia thought it might be since Americans wanted to keep a conversation going and Swedes wouldn’t. A very nice observation.

After going to Pia’s site I found many beautiful pieces, one of the collections Take Your Seat! is absolutely phenomenal. Also her A P A R T F O R M collection is wonderful. The way she uses colour and organises her thoughts through the set, costume and props as well as her pieces is nice to see.


About byAMT

Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Inc is a New World-Old World mash-up. The daughter of a French mother and American father, she was born and raised in The Netherlands. A Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, she also holds a Masters of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA. After stints in Paris, San Francisco, and Boston, she now lives and works in New York City. While developing her own original projects, she also served a design residency at the renowned design consultancy IDEO and also worked on staff at Puma International. Alissia’s transcontinental background is reflected in her fluidity and fluency of her designs. Attuned to the latest design innovations, trends, and materials, she infuses her work with her own unique, charismatic personality and mischievous sensibility. Her products are savvy, sophisticated, and witty: the archetypical Acrylic Diamond Ring rendered in candy-colored acrylic, as well as Silver Diamond Ring, ceramic plates folded in easy-to-hold shapes, Handful of Plates, a mirror that transposes the viewers face over an iconic image of feminine beauty (ME-ror). This uncanny ability to tweak expectations has delighted design cognoscenti and consumers alike. Her products have been carried or manufactured worldwide by brands like Victoria & Albert Museum, Kikkerland, MoMa Store, Van Esch, Wabnitz Editions, Goods and more. Over the years she has consulted fro companies like: Adidas, TRESPA, Functionals; as well as focussed on curating and co-curating and designing several successful Design exhibits, including: Bits ‘n Pieces at Material Connexion (NY) and 400 Years Later, Cite Goes Dutch at Cite (NY). In the last decade, Alissia has exhibited work at the Salone del Mobile Milano, ICFF in New York, 100% Design Tokyo, Material Connexion New York and Victoria & Albert Museum in London among others. In 2010 Alissia Melka-Teichroew started teaching as a visiting professor at Pratt Institute in New York. After several lectures at schools around the USA over the last years as well as being invited as a guest lecturer and critic at schools like Rhode Island School of Design, Chicago Art Institute, Philadelphia University of the Arts and California College of Arts among others.

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