When I was in New York participating in #BlogTourNYC, I had the opportunity to visit the gallery of designer Michael Aram. This talented artist creates intricate and organic metal creations for the home, merging art and function with the skills and passion he found while visiting India. acorn sculptures nestled on an oxidized bronze leaf turn out to be the salt and pepper shaker. You bring out honey in a goldplate apple with a clever arrow-shaft spoon, recalling the story of William Tell. Bread is served in a metal basket made of silvery woven vines and leaves, and candles flicker from branch-inspired candleholders. Seeing Aram’s work in person is even more incredible than the online images. His collections were displayed in a renovated Chelsea Carriage House Showroom, which was the perfect location to set off his ornate pieces. We had the privilege to hear him talk about his work, his inspiration, and the life-changing trip to India that started it all. The love he has for his work shows in his speaking as well as in the final products, and it’s inspiring to see.