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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Still Life Exhibit Design & Concept

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An Exhibit of Designed Objects by Alissia Melka-Teichroew & Photography by Lisa Klappe

During 2010's November annual 5 Dutch Days, which celebrates the ongoing influence of Dutch culture in New York City, the Trespa Design Center hosted Still Life, an exhibition uniting the jewelry and furniture designs of Netherlands-born Alissia Melka-Teichroew (1976) of New York studio byAMT and portraits of them made by Eindhoven-born, and based Lisa Klappe (1979).

Melka-Teichroew’s Jointed Jewels co-opts the auto industry’s Selective Laser Sintering technology to create Cartier, Bulgari and Victorian-inspired jewelry based on the ball joint, a part typically found in cars and hip replacements. The high-tech Jewels will be accompanied by her low-tech Peasant furniture collection, which also recalls, while updating, traditional design. ByAMT’s objects will be ranged in vignettes in front of still lifes of them photographed by Klappe and mounted on framed easels, each pair enriching the translation beside it. Standing at various heights, calibrated to the scale of the physical objects they describe, the large-scale photographs will form a swagging terrain that might be a land or cityscape of images and objects.

The two bodies of work are finely matched since the pragmatic approach of each woman often results in works that are richly ambiguous and equivocal. Klappe’s canvas-sized photos are simultaneously colorful and darkly evocative, serene and obscene, personally confrontational and filmic. No surprise then, that the exhibition’s Louvre-like profusion of artwork will suggest the atelier of an Old Master, where still-lifes are ranged directly in front of the canvas on which they are being painted, offering a tantalizing comparison of life and art, or art and art, as the case may be.
The show was from November 15-30 2010 at Trespa Design Centre in New York (USA) For more photos click here.