The Michael Aram New Leaves Collection is a celebration of the beauty and meaning found in individual leaves. Inspired by specific types of foliage that have taken on sentimental meaning in Michael’s life, this collection embodies his genuine passion for nature in its purest and most personal form. Each leaf has its own story, its own symbolism and its own inherent wonder, detail and shape. For the first time, Michael is also interpreting an entire collection of leaves in the proportions in which they actually occur in nature, amplifying the sense of realism for which he is so well known. While each leaf is expressed as a sculptural object, Michael has yet again managed to infuse function into his forms, making them perfect for the most elemental moments in our daily lives.
“I have an abundance of banana trees in my garden in New Delhi, and I must say it sometimes feels as though my life in India revolves around them. Monkeys often visit my backyard to steal the green bananas… and every time we have a dinner party, a fresh banana leaf with candles is placed outside my front door to welcome guests. Often, I cut out round disks that fit perfectly inside of the rims of my dinner plates and serve food on them. It is a reference to the South Indian custom of eating on banana leaves, which I find really lovely.”