Imaginative and handcrafted, Michael Aram's designs beg to be noticed, whether he is creating an enchanted garden–inspired candlestick or a bronze lamp with a pattern of lily pads. The designer himself keeps a lower profile. "People at trade shows or events sometimes ask me if Michael Aram is a living designer," he says. "I let my work speak for me." He is very much alive, of course, and thriving, with his collection of home accessories and furniture sold at such stores as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's. Last year, he realized his longtime goal of creating a jewelry line, and metal-glazed porcelain tiles for Artistic Tile are coming soon. Aram divides his time between his homes in New York and New Delhi, where he maintains a design studio. "I love India's living craft tradition," he says. "For a creative person, it's a treasure trove."
This folding travel alarm clock belonged to my late brother, Jon. It reminds me of his passion for travel and adventure.
I buy them from Etro or Ted Baker. The patterns remind me of blankets. I like to be wrapped in them.
One day, I started experimenting with dripping hot metal. It evolved into a line of bowls, vases, and wall art.
These ornate 19th-century houseboats moored on the shore of a Moghul garden in Kashmir, India, are heaven on earth.
There is something mesmeric about the voice of this Pakistani Sufi-music superstar.
Good-looking and inexpensive. My recent favorite is the Chamberlain model in clear.
I once worked there designing books and posters. Now I see it through my children's eyes.
I made my own, with the perfect tension. I find wallets too bulky for my taste and waist.
I love relaxing with a glass at the end of the day. There is something reassuring about being able to order it anywhere.
He was as happy creating toys as he was making sculptures.
This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Siweb.
Chef Carrie Nahabedian's style is warm and inclusive, her food intricate and artful.
I take out-of-town friends there for a sense of old New York.