Alissia Melka-Teichroew in LOOT exhibition at Museum of Arts & Design – New York City

September 11th, 2012 by

Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Jointed Jewels 2011-2012, courtesy the designer

September 12-15, 2012

byAMT‘s Jointed Jewels & Quilt Silver Pieces have been selected for LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, the Museum of Arts and Design’s annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Now in its 12th edition, LOOT: MAD about Jewelry has become known as the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary art and studio jewelry by both artists and collectors alike; it affords the public the rare opportunity to acquire pieces directly from some of the most innovative jewelry artists in the world. This year, the creations of more than 50 emerging and acclaimed jewelry artists will be on sale. Prices will range from $200 to $12,000, with $1000 the average. Proceeds from the selling show will benefit the Museum’s exhibition and education programs.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

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Alissia Melka-Teichroew presents work at various locations during New York Design Week – New York City

May 18th, 2012 by

May 19-22, 2012

Alissia Melka-Teichroew shows work at Pop-Up Shop at WantedDesign, Gallery R’Pure, and the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)  during New York Design Week 2012.

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byAMT jewelry now available at – New York City

June 23rd, 2011 by

byAMT jewelry on sale at

byAMT Jewelry: Futuristic Baubles

Imagine the stuffiest pieces from grandma’s jewelry box after a space age makeover. The result would be something like byAMT’s witty and irresistible remix of classic baubles like the solitaire diamond ring or single strand of pearls. These cool and colorful bijoux are must-haves in insider design circles and can now be had through a sale at

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Alissia Melka-Teichroew in panel discussion at Museum of Arts and Design – New York City

February 17th, 2011 by

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew

February 17, 2011, 7pm

How do new designers overcome the odds, break into the industry, and stay there? How do they find studio space, someone local to produce their work, get noticed, and stay productive year after year? Journalist and author Jen Renzi will pen a series of columns for Fast Company’s design blog, Co.Design, profiling her heroes of American furniture design. Key talents from her coverage, including Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Jonah Takagi, and BDDW’s Tyler Hays, will join Renzi at MAD for a candid discussion of their success, half-starts, and even their poetic failures and how others might learn from those experiences.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

New York, NY 10019

Tel.: 212-299-7777

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Alissia Melka-Teichroew jewelry in holiday exhibition at Velvet Da Vinci – San Francisco, CA

December 1st, 2010 by

Image courtesy of Velvet Da Vinci and Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photograph by Lisa Klappe

December 1-31, 2010

“Holidays at Velvet da Vinci.” The gallery celebrates its 20th year showing innovative and interesting Christmas tree ornaments, sculpture and jewelry by artists from around the world, including work by Alissia Melka-Teichroew.

Image courtesy of Velvet Da Vinci and Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photograph by Lisa Klappe

Velvet da Vinci
2015 Polk Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

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A New New Amsterdam: Dwell conversation with Sam Grawe, Maaike Evers, Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Jan Habraken – San Francisco, CA

November 16th, 2010 by

Image courtesy Mike and Maaike

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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A New New Amsterdam: Dwell Conversation with Sam Grawe, Maaike Evers, Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Jan Habraken as part of Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF.

Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Magazine

Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe leads a discussion with designers Jan Habraken, Alissia Melka-Teichroew of New York-based byAMT Studio, and Maaike Evers of San Francisco-based Mike & Maaike as they discuss what it means to be a Dutch designer working in the United States. With a population smaller than many American cities, Holland is a nation where design has become a huge part of the national discourse from the economy to the education system and impacts many aspects of daily life. What lessons can be learned from the Dutch, and how could we stand to benefit from a more Dutch approach to the design issues that face our nation? Do these designers consider their approach to be at all Dutch? How do American impressions of Holland affect their businesses? How might they differ from designers working in Holland? Join us for what promises to be a lively conversation.

Image courtesy Mike and Maaike

About Maaike Evers
Mike and Maaike is a progressive industrial design studio led by Mike Simonian and Maaike Evers. Formed as a design laboratory, the San Francisco studio works both independently and with clients to create innovative solutions for products, technology, furniture, environments, packaging and transportation.

Maaike Evers is Dutch, Mike Simonian, Californian. These distinct backgrounds inform a diverse body of work marked by experimentation, substance and strong conceptual narratives. Recent collaborations include: Google, Belkin, Steelcase, Xbox, Blankblank, Council, Coalesse, Incase, Dupont, Fritz Hansen, Ironkey, and the City of San Francisco.

Image courtesy Jan Habraken

About Jan Habraken

"My design is characterized by a mixture of mass-market and couture," explains industrial designer Jan Habraken. Born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 1975, Habraken studied architectural engineering before attending the world-renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. Immediately following graduation he co-founded WATdesign. After five years of making and exhibiting products and furniture internationally, the designer moved to New York City, where he established Studio Jan Habraken in 2008.Habraken’s wide-ranging experience in architecture, interior, furniture, retail and product design makes him a generalist in the best sense of the word. Using creativity instead of category as his starting point, he generates fresh ideas precisely by crossing disciplines, applying knowledge gained in each field to the others.

Image courtesy Jan Habraken

Studio Jan Habraken puts functionality and manufacturability before style, adding functionality and thought-provoking narratives to his objects while refining each to a pared-down poeticism. The studio also strives to make products available to the largest number of people, designing pieces that will last a lifetime, in order to achieve sustainability in its purest form. The result is a collection of smart, enduring designs with clean lines and a pure geometry that can be found in magazines, newspapers and museums worldwide, but are best viewed in more intimate environments.

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew

About Alissa Melka-Teichroew

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. A Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, she also holds a Masters of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA. After stints in Paris, San Francisco, and Boston, she now lives and works in New York. As well as running her studio Alissia currently is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute in the Industrial Design Department.

While developing her own original projects, she also served a design residency at the renowned design consultancy IDEO and also worked on staff at Puma International. Alissia”s transcontinental background is reflected in her fluidity and fluency of her designs. Attuned to the latest design innovations, trends, and materials, she infuses her work with her own unique, charismatic personality and mischievous sensibility. Her products are savvy, sophisticated, and witty: the arche-typical Acrylic Diamond Ring rendered in candy-colored acrylic, as well as Silver Diamond Ring, ceramic plates folded in easy-to-hold shapes, Handful of Plates, a mirror that transposes the viewers face over an iconic image of feminine beauty (ME-ror).

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew

This uncanny ability to tweak expectations has delighted design cognoscenti and consumers alike. ID Magazine, Nylon Magazine, New York Times and InView among many other publications, have featured byAMT products. Her products have been carried or manufactured worldwide by brands like Kikkerland, MoMa Store, Van Esch, Palau,, TRESPA, Target, Kwantum, Wabnitz Editions, Goods and more.

Over the years byAMT has exhibited work at the Salone del Mobile Milano, ICFF in New York, 100% Design Tokyo, Material Connexion New York and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

A New New Amsterdam: Dwell Conversation is part of Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF. For more information click the logo below.
Consulate General of the Netherlands
120 Kearny Street, Suite 3100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Tel.: 877-388-2443

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Still Life exhibition with work by Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Lisa Klappe at Trespa Arpa Design Centre – New York City

November 15th, 2010 by

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photo by Lisa Klappe

November 15 – 20, 2010
Opening reception, Friday, November 19, 2010, 6-8pm

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Still Life, designed Objects by Alissia Melka-Teichroew & Photography by Lisa Klappe.

During this November’s annual 5 Dutch Days, which celebrates the ongoing influence of Dutch culture in New York City, the Trespa Design Centre will host Still Life, an exhibition uniting the jewelry and furniture designs of Netherlands-born Alissia Melka-Teichroew of New York studio byAMT and portraits of them made by Eindhoven-based artist Lisa Klappe.

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photo by Lisa Klappe

Melka-Teichroew’s Jointed Jewels co-opts the automobile 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 traditional design. ByAMT’s objects will be arranged in vignettes in front of still life photographs of them 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 swaging terrain that may be a land or cityscape of images and objects.

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photo by Lisa Klappe

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. It is no surprise then that the exhibition’s Louvre-like profusion of artwork will suggest the atelier of an Old Master, where still-life’s are arranged 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.

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photo by Lisa Klappe

All photos: Lisa Klappe
All design objects: Alissia Melka-Teichroew

Exhibit Design: Alissia Melka-Teichroew

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew, photo by Lisa Klappe

Trespa – Arpa Showroom
62 Greene Street

New York, NY 10012

Tel.: 212- 334-6888

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Speaking Orange, a series of talks with Dutch designers as part of Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week – San Francisco, CA

November 15th, 2010 by

Monique van Heist winning the Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Awards in 2008

November 15 – 18, 2010

Speaking Orange: Musings on the World of Dutch Design. A series of talks at Supernatural, a new space in San Francisco that will represent forward thinking European design as well as local artists and designers.

Join Seeing Orange at the future home of design gallery, Supernatural, for a dynamic series of noontime talks. For this program, an exciting lineup of speakers was invited to address a variety of topics from the field of Dutch design, ranging from fashion to biking.

Image courtesy of Petra Lunenberg

Fashioning Dutch Design

Monday, November 15th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Art Historian Mara Holt Skov leads a discussion on the Dutch fashion industry with designer Monique van Heist, design consultant Eve-Marie Kuijstermans, and fashion illustrator Petra Lunenberg. The talk will include presentations of Lunenberg’s illustrations and van Heist’s hellofashion collection, as well as an exploration of the question "What makes Dutch fashion ‘Dutch’"?

RSVP required. Click here.

Image courtesy of Niels “Shoe” Meulman

Tuesday, November 16th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Visual artist and renowned graphic designer Niels "Shoe" Meulman (NSM) speaks together with Los Angeles-based author Adam Eeuwens about his art of writing, which combines masterful calligraphy skills with the speed and attitude of graffiti, fusing it together into his unique style of Calligraffiti. Meulman will create a special mural wall at Supernatural for the Seeing Orange week, and a signing of the new book "Calligraffiti: the Graphic Art of Niels Shoe Meulman" will take place after the lecture.

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Image courtesy of Adam Eeuwens

Modern Craft

Wednesday, November 17th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mariah Nielson, Curator for the Museum of Craft and Design, joins Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder of byAMT, Inc. to discuss the modern craft of jewelry design. Together they will ponder the ways in which the progressive works of byAMT, Inc. and other Dutch designers, such as Gijs Bakker, are challenging traditional notions of jewelry design. They will also consider how their whimsical creations reflect the Dutch design sensibility.

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Image courtesy of Alissia Melka-Teichroew, here seen with her partner Jan Habraken

Urban Biking
Thursday, November 18th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Rob Forbes, founder of PUBLIC Bikes and Accessories and Soraya Nasirian, owner of My Dutch Bike, are joined by Bikes Belong’s Zach Vanderkooy, aka "Importer of European Bicycle Magic," to discuss the challenges to increasing bike ridership in San Francisco. The Bay Area looks to the Netherlands as a model for urban biking, but to what extent can this model be implemented in San Francisco? This and other questions related to bike culture will be discussed.
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Rob Forbes

The Speaking Orange talks are held amidst a whimsical display of iconic Dutch design items, including Marcel Wanders’ Knotted Chairs, Marijn van der Poel’s Do-Hit Chair, and Hella Jongerius ceramics. A series of Dutch Profiles - short videos featuring some of the top Dutch designers, including Hella Jongerius, Ben van Berkel, Irma Boom, Rem Koolhaas, G-Star, and Ted Noten – will also be screened at Supernatural.

Space design by Jenne Kirscher of jak. w and Ilaria Ventriglia Burke. The space will be open Monday, November 15 through Thursday, November 18, 11:00am – 2:00pm. This program is part of Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF. For more information, click the logo below.

1766 18th Street (Potrero Hill)

San Francisco, CA

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Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka Teichroew present Laser Cut Supper Menu at the Last Supper Festival of 3rd Ward – New York City

September 17th, 2010 by

Saturday, September 18, 2010, 6pm-2am

Designers Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka Teichroew will present their Laser cut last supper menu at the Last Supper festival at 3rd Ward.

When asked to come up with an idea of a product to test under the laser cutter at NYDesigns by Design Glut. Jan Habraken & Alissia Melka-Teichroew decided that they had cut pretty much every material but food. This is where the hunt started, what foods can we cut or etch and also create something fun and something that would be too complicated to do manually (why else would you laser cut!). We decided sandwiches, pancakes, chocolate bars, sugar glass, tuna (can you imagine the seared edge the laser could make!). There was only time to etch some pancakes and cut some piggy “ham & cheese” sandwiches.

However when invited by the organization of the Last supper festival an opportunity was created to take it one step further.

Chefs: Jan Habraken, Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Trotec Professional 1500 laser cutter will cut a variety of food into a crazy laser cut last supper menu.



Amuse Piglet: Laser cut boiled ham on a dark German Rye bread

Alphabet Soup: A clear poultry consommé with laser cut Helvetica pasta and vegetables.

Pied de Tuna: Pied de Poule laser seared Tuna accompanied with Boeing style vegetable lasagna

Ice Scream
: Laser etched screaming pancake with vanilla ice cream


The question remains, but how does it taste? Find out by visiting this charitable festival, tickets $10 w/ 3 or more canned food donations, or $15 w/o on September 18th (Proceeds Benefit The Food Bank for NYC)

3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Tel.: 718-715-4961

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Bits ‘n Pieces exhibition at Material ConneXion – New York City

November 4th, 2009 by

November 4- December 4, 2009

Global materials consultancy Material ConneXion will premier Bits ‘n Pieces, an interactive traveling exhibition exploring the rapidly advancing technologies and new materials transforming the world of design.

Curated by Dutch and Belgian designers Claire Warnier and Dries Verbruggen of UNFOLD, Lucas Maassen, Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka-Teichroew (byAMT), the exhibition will feature work by an international group of designers, architects, computer scientists and material and technology researchers that anticipates the next phase of the digital revolution.

Through objects such as furniture, architecture, jewelry, graphic design and products, by the creative minds of Doug Bucci, Edhv, Jan Habraken, Joris Laarman, Thomas Lommee. MakerBot, Alissia Melka-Teichroew (byAMT), Lucas Maassen, Dries Verbruggen, THEVERYMANY, and UNFOLD, Bits ‘n Pieces, will examine how design is both conceived and consumed in the post-digital age. Projects like Lucas Maassen and Dries Verbruggen’s Brain Wave Sofa, whose shape was entirely determined by recording Maassen’s neural activity while thinking of comfort, and MakerBot’s open source 3D printer, which enables individuals to turn out complicated 3D forms quickly and affordably, highlight not only what is possible in the realm of manufacturing and design, but also what is to come.

Bits ‘n Pieces will also feature Part(s) for display, an installation by THEVERYMANY, which is part contribution to the exhibition and part display for the exhibition itself, and a 3D Forum, developed by IDEO’s Jennifer Leonard and Bits ‘n Pieces’ curators, which allows viewers to reflect on what they are experiencing by answering questions that Leonard poses about the exhibition. Viewers’ written responses are then recorded in real-time through a Conversation Bits notepad (designed by Steve Breman, Alex Timmer, Remon van de Eijnden and Tyche van Eijndhoven) and posted on

Over the course of its global journey, which includes stops at Strijp S in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and in Genk, Belgium, the Bits ‘n Pieces exhibition will mature based on context and content. The show’s first component is a permanent collection of objects that travel to each venue and evolve based on feedback given by visitors from location to location, as is appropriate to work inspired by ever-advancing technologies. The second component will feature fresh pieces made by regional designers and introduced at each new venue to present the exhibition from a local perspective.

Material ConneXion
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010
Tel.: 212-842-2050

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