Based in New Mexico, this company creates serving pieces, barware, and decorative items that have the luster of silver but are made from an eight-metal alloy developed in 1953 by a former scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory (the birthplace of the atomic bomb). The groundbreaking compound retains heat and cold for long periods of time, making it an ideal material for ice buckets and bowls; it’s also oven- and stovetop-safe. Nambé’s recent offerings incorporate an enamel finish that mimics the look of wood and sandstone, a touch that adds warmth and color to the company’s cool, rippled designs, including several pieces by iconic designer Karim Rashid.
Great design comes home
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Make a gesture of sweetness to the Valentine in your life by placing your photo in one of these elegant frames from Michael Aram (go for one with an open-work heart motif, or something nature-inspired like a lotus flower design). And vases, wine coasters, and even a candle snuffer will perfectly set the scene for a romantic meal.
Artist-designer Michael Aram’s biggest inspiration is nature, which he reimagines in his graceful, handcrafted objects for the home. Each one beautifully recalls the natural world.
What nature creates, artist-slash-designer Michael Aram re-imagines in his graceful, handcrafted metal objects for the home. During a journey to India over two decades ago, Aram was drawn to the artistry of the country’s metal artisans. His inspiration led him to create pieces that translated the shimmering lines of a flower petal, the jagged beauty of coral and the elegantly curved horn of an impala into objects with a bit of practical magic. Pick your favorites from this selection of standout accents, and bring some artful nature inspiration into your own space.