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.
Silver frames, teak trays, velvet throws, and power blenders: This huge selection of gifts are all below the $100 threshold — but they look a lot pricier than that.
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, New York-based designer Michael Aram re-imagines in his graceful, handcrafted metal objects for the home. During a journey to India over two decades ago, Aram (now a part-time New Delhi resident) was drawn to the artistry of the country’s craftsmen. 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 furnishings and accents with a bit of practical magic.
Artist-designer Michael Aram’s biggest inspiration is nature, which he reimagines in his graceful, handcrafted objects for the home. Pick a platter in the shape of an artichoke, or a bowl that resembles a poppy flower. Even the serving dishes, with their handles in the shape of bent twigs, beautifully recall the natural world.