Busy Month at byAMT Studio

Usually as you might have noticed I do not post our studio’s work on this blog, but you must have noticed it has been quiet on Plus & Minus Things. So I have decided to share some of what we’ve been working on. Our studio has been working on hard on many projects, including new collections and curating and designing a design show during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair here in New York. Please see below some images of our new collections.






Table linen with a pattern drawn using tape, with the raffled tape ends still showing, The tape is mimicking the old school way of patterning a woven damask. They used to use paper with squares to clearly indicate the pattern of the piece that needed to be woven. The tape is playing off of this underlying pattern, especially noticeable in the Tea Towels. However the Tape pattern does something else, it indicates a spot, an area where we can eat, it tells us that that is a place where something happens, just like lines on the street tell us to park, or not park somewhere. Museums have lines/tape on the floor indicating to not pass that boundary. This is the underlying story. Taped is the first set in a series, more will be developed over time. 

A repeated pattern which will be cut into Dish Towels, each batch will create a new series of Dish Towels, as the print is moved over slightly. For ICFF these towels will be presented in a bright colour, not only the current grey + white.

Taped will include: 
1x Linen Damask Table Cloth
6x  Napkins with 6 different designs
Dish Towels

It is being launched at ICFF on 2 locations by a new company Functionals.eu, which manufactures all products in house and sells all their products exclusively via their own website: http://www.Functionals.eu. The first products in their collection are a lamp by Dick van Hoff and a set of candelabras by Roderick Vos.

To see these pieces, please come and visit us at this exhibit from May 16 – June 14th:

400 Years Later -CITE Goes Dutch  
CITE Showroom
131 Greene Street (between Prince and W Houston St.)
New York, NY 10012, US






Jointed Jewellery is a work in progress – which will debut at ICFF and continue to evolve for another exhibit planned in September 2009 (more info about this soon)

byAMT will present a collection of Jewellery with ball joints and in the near future other objects with this same joint. By using modern technology it is possible nowadays to make shapes that are impossible to make using old  techniques. It is impossible to mould a ball joint in ceramics or plastics all in one go, without assembly needed. A ball joint can only  be put together after the parts have been manufactured separately. Using Selective Laser Sintering, a 3D printing technology, it is possible to create a ball joint connection in one piece. Next to creating jewellery, we will explore the idea of making every day objects with ball joints (including a stool, a lamp, etc) 

Some questions we posed ourselves and thoughts that went through our heads:

Look at how Ball joints are made currently.  How can it be applied and be a form of beauty? How can it be applied in a functional way and be beautiful? We question the fact that only functional. We would like to use the industrial piece to inspire a wearable piece as well as a decorative piece.

To see these pieces, please come and visit us at this exhibit from May 16 – June 14th:
400 Years Later -CITE Goes Dutch  

CITE Showroom
131 Greene Street (between Prince and W Houston St.)
New York, NY 10012, US











The Lonely Hangers, are derived from cup handles that were broken off from their cups. Now they can hand on the wall and be used in living rooms, bedrooms, lobbies, bathrooms, etc. Spread out over the wall you can create your own landscape of coat hangers, or hang a cloths hanger off of it. 

400 Years Later – CITE Goes Dutch

NEWS_400YearsLater(photo: Lisa Klappe)

Please join us for a view of the new 400 Years Later — Cite Goes Dutch exhibition, opening to the public on May 16 and running through June 14.1609: The Dutch Discover New York
2009: New Yorkers Discover Dutch Design

The exhibit presents everything from furniture and tabletop objects to jewelry by 23 emerging Dutch designers and manufacturers and 1 photographer. Curated byStudio Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka-Teichroew in collaboration withWabnitz Editions Ltd and Josée Lepage, the work draws an outline of contemporary design coming out of, and shaped by, the unique climate of the densely populated Netherlands, whose designers grow up below sea level and under heavy gray skies.
400 Years Later will introduce recent and never-before-seen work by Studio Oooms, Frederik Roijé, Jorre van Ast, Mirjam van der Lubbe, Studio Glithero, Sander Mulder, Lucas Maassen, Lotte van Laatum, Dave Keune, Maarten Baptist, Lisa Klappe, Jan Habraken and byAMT Studio, among others, that is both intricate and pared-down, pragmatic and poetic, witty and well-crafted.
400 Years Later -CITE Goes Dutch  
CITE Showroom
131 Greene Street (between Prince and W Houston St.)
New York, NY 10012, US

11:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Sunday


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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