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ADAM OTLEWSKI

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FAIR

In October 2014, Interior Designer Brad Ford organized a modern makers craft fair in upstate New York called Field + Supply. The focus was on modern, elevated craftsmanship showcasing artisans from the Hudson Valley area as well as makers who work in New York City and Brooklyn. FAIR is an extension of that concept and is now a permanent showroom at the New York Design Center. It is more edited and elevated than the original event upstate, but the focus remains on high-end, handcrafted design and craft. Many of the same designers who showed their work at Field + Supply are represented at FAIR and several of them are craftspeople that Ford has worked with over the years on his own high-end design projects.

ADAM OTLEWSKI

I am a designer and maker based in New York City, working from an industrial studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  

I spend a lot of time in museums thinking about the progression of the things we make. Primarily I'm interested in decorative arts, an admittedly unfashionable term in an era of products and commerce, and one that we don't often hear applied to contemporary work.  I came to the idea that instead of aiming for a factory-made appearance, I could leave my hand visible in every object I make. I use materials and techniques that promote subtle variances, such as hand-dying leather, or acid rubbed patina solutions on polished metal.  Not always immediately obvious, these choices aim to give depth and character to otherwise pure geometry.   

The concept behind my "Series" collections (beginning with Series 01 lamps) is to establish a set of rules, such as a group of materials or techniques, culminating in one first prototype.  Those rules are then applied to a family of objects, each expressing that form with varying sizes or functions, often responding to clients' requests and ideas.  My ambition is to create new Series indefinitely.  Every piece is individually hand assembled and stamped with a trademark and unique manufacturing number.

I received a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati and have worked in many facets of housewares design, residential and commercial interiors, and custom furniture fabrication since 2004.

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