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5 swoon worthy things: Samuel Amoia

Samuel Amoia

It isn’t often a talent is celebrated across the board by the fashion, design, and art worlds, but such is the case with interior and furniture designer Samuel Amoia. To see his work, step into any number of premier outposts like Dior boutiques all over the world, Stella McCartney’s store in San Francisco, and DeLorenzo Gallery in Manhattan, a dealer that, until collaborating with Sam, previously only specialized in arts from 20th-century masters. In his furniture line Minerality, Sam combines minerals, plasters, and cement, encrusting each unique form with gems like white onyx, serpentine, and amethyst. The sculptural pieces are functional works of art, created as part of Amoia Studio.

I have known Sam for well over 15 years, having met when he and I were both bartenders in NYC trying to seek out our creative paths. In recent years I have seen him grasp hold of the design world with innovative talent, a keen eye and without a doubt tenacity — from his days working closely with renowned interior designer Stephen Sills to being named a “young interior designer on the rise” by Vogue and recently receiving the “Rising Talent” award by the Maison & Objet fair.

Sam’s talents and professional accolades are many, but on a more personal note, he also happens to be a favorite interior designer of mine, and one who inspires me greatly. Catching up with the design force to find out his current obsessions and more about his outlook on all things aesthetic was a must — I’m thrilled for him to share them right here.

 

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NAME: Samuel Amoia

PROFESSION: Interior and sculptural furniture design

HOME BASE: NYC and Miami

ENDLESSLY OBSESSED WITH… 20th century design

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: The 10 year rule…would you buy it 10 years AGO and will you buy it 10 years from now? When decorating or collecting, ask yourself this 10 times!

YOUR AESTHETIC IN 3 WORDS: Texture, clean, and rich

VISION BEHIND YOUR GORGEOUS, UNCONVENTIONAL FURNITURE? The concept was to always take the design principles of the late, great 20th century designers and to apply them with the ideas of today. My brothers and I use innovative methods of casting and sculpting natural minerals and materials into contemporary yet timeless pieces of furniture. Forms that are works of art — yet are fully functional and livable pieces of furniture.

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HOW DO YOU CREATE EACH PIECE? It’s a mix of natural stones such as pyrite, malachite, onyx, opal, agates, sands, rock slats, and about 30 other mineral rocks. Sometimes mixed with hand dyed plasters and cements, and sometimes slabs of onyx, marble, and travertine. Also recycled brass and aluminum shavings — everything is hand-sculpted or cast-molded with a special epoxy resin that binds the minerals together and makes them waterproof, heatproof, and mildew proof. Most of our pieces are suitable for outdoors.

NOTABLE COMMISSIONS FOR YOUR FURNITURE? ALL the Ds! Dior, Lauren Santo Domingo (Moda Operandi), Dover Street Market, and DeLorenzo Gallery.

COLOR OR NEUTRAL? Its really all about textures. Because I use celdaon green as a neutral ALL the time (which is the lightest and coolest shade of Chinese green), it just always depends on the texture of material, which will give it a certain energy or not.

DESIGN ICONS: Jean-Michel Frank, Jean Royère, Pierre Chareau, and Eileen Gray.

INSPIRING DESIGN ERA OR STYLE? 1920s all day and all evening.

 

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Sam Amoia Commissioned Console of Aluminum Shavings and White Onyx
Sam Amoia Commissioned Console of Aluminum Shavings and White Onyx
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FAVORITE COUNTRIES FOR INTERIOR DESIGN? Italy and France and anywhere with a beach.

DESIGN TREND YOU LOVE? Innovative use of natural materials.

ONE YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY? Ombre is really tired and old to me.

I’M DRAWN TO ROOMS THAT FEEL…Well-layered and warm. And any space with an ORIGINAL design perspective. Even if it’s bad, I can appreciate it more if it’s yours.

YOU WILL NEVER SEE _____ IN MY HOME. Never say never!

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOU? We are doing a very cool conceptual booth with DeLorenzo Gallery during Design Miami. And also television!

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  1. Cy Twombly Photographs: “I’m acquiring a few for a client and I think they are so cool and timeless. Also, you can’t really tell how old or new they are. I absolutely love the lemon ones.”

  2. Adam Lippes x de Gournay Collaboration: “SO chic and so cool. Adam made a few ready-to-wear dresses with these beautiful and gorgeously-detailed De Gournay fabrics. They are more traditional, but he made them feel and look so effortless and cool, as his work usually is. I have a private furniture client who used some of it to make a luxurious bed duvet!”

  3. Georg Jensen x Zaha Hadid: “Exclusively at Moda Operandi, this jewelry collaboration is stunning. The work of the late Zaha looks so sharp on necks, hands, and wrists! I think her great design translates so beautifully to jewelry.”

  4. Sam Amoia Drum Side Tables: “One of the first pieces I made. A timeless, sculptural piece of furniture that you can add to any style of interior. They come in so many colors and are customizable in size, so they are very easy to pop in anywhere in any room. Even the shower!”

  5. Faye Toogood Pots for E&Y: “These handmade, beautiful Japanese pots come in a few different sizes. They look almost like dripping milk in a beautiful white glaze. They are so sexy and so sculptural.”

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