The Rope Collection celebrates the beautiful form and textures found in ropes, both individually and when they are massed together. Michael's version seeks to express the unique undulations and the rough texture created as the ropes are used, particularly in a nautical enviroment. Although appropriate for anyone, the collection was conceived as gifts for the modern gentleman. The objects can be used to accessorize the home or office, and can be used for enjoying an evening drink or even bringing a touch of style to a poker game. It is perfect for the modern aesthete who wants to take ownership of his own elegance and interests.
"On a recent trip to Alaska, I was boarding a ship and I took notice of a large pile of ropes laying on the dock…to me, there was something so beautiful, yet intriguing about the rough textures and shapes the ropes created. It got me thinking about the fact that ropes are integral objects for everyday lives. They capture the adventurous spirit of the ocean and the nautical world. They have an inherent vigor as well as a wonderful grace."
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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