COMBINING SOFT FORMS WITH TREASURES OF THE EARTH:
After catching the spotlight at last year’s Maison & Objet Americas as a Rising Talent, Samuel Amoia’s designs continue to surprise and inspire with a blend of soft lines and rough, crushed minerals in the form of contemporary furnishings that speak up and demand attention.
The Drums, in particular, stand out. Simple in their design but eloquent and loving towards the Earth itself, the Drums are made with a multitude of materials otherwise reserved for contemporary art installations and sculptures – sculpted cast bronze, delicate shades of agate and plaster, opal stone, Indian blue calcite and black tourmaline, African blue sodalite, Congolese jasper and other natural treasures from across the globe.
Sculptural by design, the Drums are perfect as style-conscious store displays – as proven by Samuel Amoia’s collaborations with the Dover Street New York store and The Store Soho House in Berlin, but also equally charming as furnishing complements – as side tables, solitary accessory tables or even combinations best fitting the spacious living rooms that bathe in natural light.
The New York-based design firm produces these beauties in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mr Amoia works closely with two of his younger brothers, Leonard and Dominic – the latter an accomplished sculptor.
Samuel Amoia stepped away from a successful modelling career to enter the world of interior design. He joined Stephen Sills Associates and later on partnered into Amma Studio. Later on, he branched out and released his first furniture collection called “Minerality” in October 2016 under his own firm, Amoia Studio, in collaboration with Dominic Amoia.
His debut projects include pieces for Stella McCartney’s boutique in San Francisco, a stunning concept store in the Soho House Berlin and the DeLorenzo Gallery in Manhattan. More recently he has helmed the redesign of Itz’ana Resort and Residences in Belize, a much-coveted luxury travel destination.
A promising rising star of American design, Samuel Amoia seems poised to bring about the much-needed change we often talk about – using natural elements to redesign and, ultimately, redefine interior beauty with his combination of mediums like Italian onyx, brass, bronze and gemstones with pieces of furniture, a distinctive melange of function and feel.
The Drums virtually aim for contrasts – not only between colours but also between textures, moving from smooth to rough within the same body of work. The sharper the combination, the more powerful the final effect – an interesting experiment gone very right.
See the full collection and more from Samuel Amoia here.
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