by Tracy Kaler
|Michael Aram's NYC flagship is located in a former carriage house on West 18th Street.|
It’s tough to visualize the sleek, modern space at 136 W 18th St as the horse stable it once was. Today, the 19th century building is home to both the flagship store and design studio of NYC-based metal artist and sculptor, Michael Aram. The West Chester native showcases his exquisite collection at the Chelsea shop, which includes serveware and dinnerware items, decorative accessories, cabinet hardware, home scents, and more.
Aram's handmade items appeal to shoppers on a quest for that unique special occasion gift, a conversation piece, or a one-of-a-kind trinket. From a memorabilia piece for the significant other who has everything imaginable, to a shower gift for the blushing bride; an engraved wedding keepsake; or a milestone birthday present, Aram's namesake boutique offers a wide selection of items for a plethora of tastes and budgets.
|With good timing, you might even meet Michael Aram!|
Drawn to natural elements such as plants, vines, and trees, Aram launched his first metal collection in 1989 after venturing to India and setting up shop. It was here where he discovered the simplicity and beauty in local artisans crafting everyday metal items like buckets, scissors, and shovels, all of which influence his work today. Aram still spends a good bit of time in his New Delhi studio, collaborating and creating with his team of metal craftsmen, but his permanent home is in Greenwich Village with his family.
In January 2014, Aram celebrated his 25th anniversary with a party at Columbus Circle's, Robert. In honor of the accomplishment, the artist created "The Atelier Collection," 12 large scale metal sculptures, as well as "The Commemorative Collection," a sampling of Aram's favorite functional pieces from the archives.
|"SUN" is one of 12 large scale sculptures in the Michael Aram Atelier Collection.|
Initially, you might feel somewhat intimidated peering into the storefront, but trust me, once you enter, the vibe is relaxed, if not calming. A brief look won't do anyhow –– window shopping isn't enough at Michael Aram. Set one foot in the vestibule, and you'll be lured into the former carriage house –– a dark, tranquil space that successfully mixes the best of both old and new. Peruse collections like "Bark and Branch," "New Leaves," "Gotham," "Tree of Life," and "Vincent." More than likely, you'll stay until you've browsed the entire mesmerizing interior, taking in each and every elegant yet practical objet d' art at least twice.
Part gallery, part museum, part retail shop, and part sanctuary, the Michael Aram flagship dazzles and delights everyone who enters.
|Come inside Michael Aram.|
|"Tree of Life"|
|"Silversmith" dinnerware with "Twig" flatware|
|"FREEDOM" from the Atelier Collection|
136 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011