+ Droog Store Opening NYC

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This post is long overdue! It’s been a busy week. Also I do not normally want to post any of my own work or pics. But had to share some of these with you. These pics were taken last wednesday at the Droog Store/Gallery opening in Soho, NYC. The store has 2 floors, with a range of jewellery to furniture to blue foam houses (see images). It was designed by Makkink & Bey Studio (run by Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey).

During the opening Jan Broekstra served Tequila with a pump system in his especially designed cups for the occasion (DROOG 2009 it said on them). As usual his porcelain cups are beautiful and finely made. (see pic above with Jan and Jurgen Bey). Years ago I interned at Jurgen Bey‘s Studio and then produced a couple hundred plates for the Design Academy at Jan Broekstra’s studio. Last Wednesday’s opening was like a small reunion.

Since the Blue Foam House is on sale as well, so if you can check it out now before it is sold! The house was really beautiful with intrinsic patterns cut into the foam or made by cutting the foam and applying it in a certain pattern. The patterns were patters we all know, but because it was all fake, for example a brick pattern, wall paper pattern).

If you have a chance to go by when in NYC:

droog New York 
76 Greene Street 
New York, NY 10012 map 
tel. +1 212 941 8350

More and probably clearer images can be found at Dezeen.com

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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