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 Dutch

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400 Years Later: Cite goes Dutch

A satellite ICFF exhibition surveys Dutch furniture and product design and paints a portrait of the Netherlands as a designed and designing nation.

New York, New York – Opening on May 16 2009, in conjunction with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and New York City’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of New Amsterdam by the Dutch East India Company, 400 Years Later - Cite Goes Dutch - will present everything from furniture and tabletop objects to carpets and jewelry by 23 Dutch emerging designers, 6 manufacturers and 1 emerging photographer. Hosted by the Cite showroom through June 14, the exhibition is curated by Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka-Teichroew. The products on display will draw an outline of the contemporary design coming out of, and shaped by, the unique climate of the densely populated Netherlands, whose designers grow up below sea level under heavy skies and in an environment that, historically and by geographical necessity, has been intricately designed – from cities to landscape.

Despite their youth, all of the designers presented are well-established in their home country, as well as being recognized by the foreign press and design industry. The exhibit will introduce recent and never-before-seen work by Studio Oooms, Frederik Roijé, Jorre van Ast, Mirjam van der Lubbe, Studio Glithero, Lucas Maassen, Lotte van Laatum, Maarten Baptist, Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Jan Habraken among others, that is both intricate and pared-down, pragmatic and poetic, witty and well-crafted.

Each object in the exhibition will narrate a story by itself, one that comes out of and, in turn has the potential to shape, the story of the place it (and its designer) was made. Beyond being merely a chair, clock or chest, each tells its own tale. Lotte van Laatum’s Tree Cabinet features a drawer handle the shape of which occurred naturally in the bark of the Dutch Elm tree from which it was fashioned. The elm used to construct this cabinet was cut in 1999 in Kloosterzande because the tree was dying from a wood disease peculiar to the nearly extinct Dutch Elm. The shape of the cabinet corresponds to, and memorializes, the shape and proportions of the original tree.

In order to further contextualize the portrait of the Netherlands painted by the products on show, the curators will also include Lisa Klappe’s photography, offering a more literal depiction of the country and its people. The prints will offer an enlightening contrast to the objects, presenting a more cohesive experience of the work instead of mere products on pedestals.

Because the curators want to encourage visitors to take a part of the Dutch experience home with them, much of the work selected for show will be available for purchase, including Yoga Chairs by Lucas Maasen, Solar Birdhouses and USB Sticks by Studio Oooms, Tripod Glasses by Maarten Baptist/Joine, A RIng A Day by byAMT, Plint Lamp Shades by Dave Keune and the Klappe prints, among other pieces. (Anything that is not yet available, will be in the near future.)

Dates: Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, June 14, 2009
Location:  Cite Showroom, 131 Greene Street New York, NY 10012
Curation: Jan Habraken & Alissia Melka-Teichroew
Art Direction: Alissia Melka-Teichroew
Scenography: Jan Habraken
Graphic Design: Martijn Deurloo