I try to find the fine line between aesthetics and functional.

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.She spent her undergraduate years at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) and holds a Masters of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (USA). Alissia has been developing her own designs since graduating from Eindhoven, but along the way has worked at design consultancy IDEO and at Puma International.

Beyond her work, Alissia contributes to the international dialogue about design through curating exhibits and teaching. Her exhibitions include Bits ‘n Pieces” at Material Connexion in New York City, “Still Life” at Trespa Design Centre in New York City, ”Cite Goes Dutch” and “Cite Goes America” at Cite Showroom in New York City. She has also consulted as a curator at some galleries and showrooms.

As a design educator, Alissia has lectured or guest-critiqued at such institutions as RISD, Chicago Art Institute, Philadelphia University of the Arts, California College of Arts, and Cranbrook Academy of Arts. In 2010, Alissia was a visiting professor at Pratt Institute in New York.

About byAMT Brand

New York-based design studio byAMT creates jewelry, home goods, and furniture that tweak expectations and invite delight.

Quintessential byAMT products an acrylic version of the classic wedding ring; the Peasant Collection, contemporary furniture made of rustic wood; and Jointed Jewels, elegant ball-jointed necklaces, bracelets, and rings created on a 3-D printing machine, layer by layer. These objects share the same quirky sensibility: a twist on an iconic form or a surprising use of a material. A byAMT object demands a reaction, whether a chuckle or a serious debate.

Hailed as “thought-provoking” and described as design that “is as much about whimsy as practicality,” byAMT has been featured in many magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the New York Times, Dwell, and Fast Company. byAMT has also exhibited at the Salone del Mobile Milano, ICFF in New York, 100% Design Tokyo, Material Connexion New York, and Victoria & Albert Museum, among others.

byAMT products are currently available at stores like MoMa Store, Le Bon Marché, and many more. Current available products are produced by: Van Esch, Palau, Functionals.eu, Y’A Pas Le Feu Au Lac, Blik Surface Graphics, Charles & Marie, as well as by the byAMT Inc. studio itself


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Cite Goes America

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CITE goes America: 400 sq. ft. later

Welcome to the New American Home!

Going from a national perspective to a cultural melting pot, Cite follows up 2009's successful show "400 Years Later, Cite Goes Dutch" with an exhibition of new American design for the 2010 edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).

Curators Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Jan Habraken have created a 400 sq feet skeleton house that they filled with a selection of current work made by young, old, renowned and emerging American based designers and companies. The aim is to create a sense of the New American Home so visitors can experience strong and interesting contemporary design in the context of an occupied house. The exhibition features designers and companies from many different countries and backgrounds, all currently living and working in the United States of America. This reflects the dynamic melting pot culture that is uniquely and incomparably American.

Including work of: Altitude, AREAWARE, Artecnica, Bec Brittain, Brad Ascalon, Brendan Ravenhill, byAMT, Council, Crucial Detail, Daniel Michalik,  Emily Rothchild, NonLinear, Giffin' Termeer, Henry Julier, Incase, Josh Owen, Karim Rashid, Karl Zahn, Kiel Mead, Kikkerland, Le Mouton Noir & Co, Lindsey Adelman, Manuel Saez, Marc Thorpe,  Mike & Maaike, Nervous System, Nooka, One & Co, PACT, Patrick Gavin, Paul Loebach, Silva & Bradshaw, Stanley Ruiz

Dates: Saturday May 15 - Friday June 11 2010
Location:  Cite Showroom, 131 Greene Street New York, NY 10012
Curation: Jan Habraken & Alissia Melka-Teichroew
Art Direction: Alissia Melka-Teichroew
 Jan Habraken & Alissia Melka-Teichroew
Graphic Design:
 Martijn Deurloo