Alissia credits her transcontinental background as something that has largely influenced her creative practice. Her unique vision has helped to form a design intelligence that has lead her products, including wallpaper embellishments as 3D keepsakes, to be sought after by aficionados across the world.
Alissia is pictured above with her husband, designer Jan Habraken.
Photo: RENÉ CLEMENT
Company/Organization: byAMT Studio
Education: University Utrecht, The Netherlands: Human Geography & Art History (1 year)
Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Bachelor in Design (department: Man & Identity)
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (RI), USA: Master in Industrial Design (MID)
Describe your work: Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Inc (formerly known as AlissiaMT Design) 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 is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven and holds a Master 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 the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.
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 archetypical 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).
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. Boutiques around the world carry them, including the MoMA store in NY and Tokyo. byAMT has exhibited work at the Salone del Mobile Milano, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, ICFF in New York, 100% Design Tokyo, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Inspirations: Fashion, materials and technologies and especially the part where you learn how to work with the material or understand the technology, Jacques Tati, David Lynch, Picasso, Cai Guo-Qiang, Naoto Fukasawa, Bruno Munari, Borek Sipek, Hussein Chalayan, Konstantin Grcic, Olafur Eliason.
Future Projects/Goal: Find a good balance between all the different types of projects I am working on and create a coherent body of work.
What is one word that describes your artist style? Mischievous sensibility.
How did you get started working with ROLLOUT? A while back I started receiving mailings and always wanted to find the time to design a custom wallpaper. Now the wallpaper we designed to have printed by ROLLOUT is not really about the decorative element as much as the DIY medal of honor that is printed.
Hopefully soon we will have the time to create a new piece for ROLLOUT that is simply a beautiful print! We already have some ideas at the studio.
Please list a few cool or inspirational websites you visit and love:
A lot of random sites, but here are some regular website I go to:
What resources do you use for creating your work? Anything that is available, from 3D printing, to weaving, to laser cutting, to folding, cutting & pasting. I wish there was more time to use more resources.
Can you share any of your secret tips? I don’t think anything is really secret.
What did your parents want you to be instead of an artist? They never mentioned what they wanted me to be.
Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why? Hussein Chalayan’s 2000 Autumn/Winter Collection: “After Words” Collection & Video:
Hussein Chalayan was able to take a personal subject (his mother had once asked him, what he would take with him if they would have to flee from Cyprus) and create these beautiful objects and present them in such a way that no words or explanation is needed. We all understand what is going on. He has also used video, furniture, random objects and (live) music to illustrate his story in a such a way that you really feel a part of this story.
He has also crossed into many disciplines: video, sound, furniture, interior and of course fashion design. It really shows that these boundaries between the disciplines are not as strict and necessary as we often make them.
Anything is possible.
It’s important to me that I can work in the whole spectrum of design and not be bound by one type of design.
What gets you excited about tomorrow? New ideas that can be developed into something better.
PROJECTS BY ALISSIA MELKA-TEICHROEWMedal of Honor
When Brooklyn-based designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew first approached ROLLOUT about partnering up to print a set of custom medals for an upcoming art show, we couldn't pass up the chance to help bring her iconic imagery to life. Her designs were printed on wallpaper, cut out, and assembled in a few simple steps, and they're quick and easy to create your own. The idea for this project grew from a previous contribution Alissia made to ReadyMade magazine.