The Molten Collection has taken many forms over the years but always maintains all of the incredible hand-craftsmanship that this motif has always employed. The collection celebrates hand-craftsmanship at its most intense level. Every bead is an individual weld that has been carefully dropped in place by a very skilled artisan. Each piece is visibly different from another because the beading changes subtly based on the individual style of the artisan that made it. Molten Frost is a new finish that brings a matte and rustic feeling to the familiar forms. The etched surface also masks scratching that could appear over time with high polished stainless steel.
"This collection represents a way of living that I really love – streamlined, timeless shapes… objects which reverberate with the skill of their maker and yet do not fit into a traditional interpretation of craft. The new Molten Frost finish creates a new textural interplay for the collection. We see the opposition of matte and shiny in everything these days…from architectural elements, interior finishes to fashion and jewelry. I wanted this collection to carry my love of textural interplay forward as well."
Michael Aram is an American born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980's, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions. Inspired to work with craftsmen whose skills he felt were greatly untapped, Aram turned his creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in New Delhi.
Aram's work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker. This energy is further enhanced by the tension of line, form, and meaning that is characteristic of Aram's work. As extraordinary objects, they cause us to pause and consider them, and therefore create a sense of ritual and ceremony in their day to day use.
The objects range from tableware to furniture, both are sold in galleries and specialty stores worldwide. This broad diversity embodies Aram's versatility as an artist who is comfortable working on private commissions, one of a kind piece for gallery shows, or pieces that are affordable to a wider audience.
Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram's work. Whether in his narrative and figurative "signature" collection, or in his more contemporary 'studio' line, each piece is entirely handmade with no two examples ever exactly the same. The handmade quality of the work allows it to shift beautifully between the realm of fine and decorative art. This enduring melange of quality and originality sits comfortably at home in contemporary as well as in more classical interiors.
Appropriately, in Hindi, "aram" means "gently, with peace, with love and care". Repeating this direction mantra-like to the craftsmen, Aram succeeds in making high quality work, which is as much a personal statement, as its appeal is universal.
The gift buying team at Borsheim's travels the world over to find exclusive gift designers that meet our rigid selection criteria. We have minimum standards of quality that each designer must meet before we will consider their product for our inventory. Not just any item can be placed inside a Borsheim's box. Our quality standards include excellent craftsmanship using the very best raw materials. A gift from Borsheim's stands for quality.
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