Sunday, March 4, 2012
Apologies for going MIA on here. There have been some amazing things going on right now. I just moved to Boston Tuesday!! Actually, I'm smack in the middle of trying to get this loft for us to move into by Saturday, so I hope you can understand my absence. Regardless, there have been so many new and exciting developments and experiences! More about all that later though. Right now I wanted to feature the wonderful Ariele Alasko and her incredible creations.
Ariele is originally from Monterey, California. She moved to Brooklyn to attend art school at Pratt and fell in love with New York. She studied sculpture, but is now a full-time builder, making reclaimed furniture and beautiful cheese boards. She recently spent 6 months building and designing her father's restaurant from scratch in her California home town. She traveled across the country with her best friend, gathering barn wood and old chairs along the way. Recently, Ariele was featured in The Makers which is a photo project by Jennifer Causey, as well as on the great Design*Sponge.
Just the other day I had the privilege of seeing my very first Ariele Alasko creation. It was a construction-site steel lamp with an oak wall mount and a shade made from a vintage bunt cake pan. It was beautiful.
Most of her pieces are with the small apartment tenant in mind. She makes a wide variety of reclaimed furniture such as lamps, tables, headboards, and cheese boards. Everything is built using 100% recycled and salvaged materials.
Can't help but know there are really big things in store for Ariele. Her items are absolutely beautiful, simple, well made, and exclusive...all that is required for "luxury." Her design sense is spot on and I hope to be an owner of my very own Alasko someday soon.
photos via Jennifer Causey