Asher Israelow’s Modern Designs & Anamorphic Inlays

Arthur Dodge January 14, 2015
Photo of Asher Israelow by Matthew Williams

New York city native Asher Israelow graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in architecture and fine arts before establishing his Brooklyn-based studio and practice.

His web site’s About page states: “Drawing on his training as an architect and a love of lore, Asher designs for the modern explorer. All the materials are ethically and locally sourced, building upon the importance of origins. Each piece narrates the story of its materials, with an honest approach to joinery and a touch of conceit. The studio produces all original and small batch pieces designed to last for generations. The work emphasizes a handcrafted and emergent vision of contemporary culture.”

In 2014 Asher Israelo was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30, Dwell magazine’s list of young designers to watch. Design bloggers are writing about his pieces, and recently, one of his chairs was featured in New York Magazine’s Best Bets section. His studio did a furniture commission for the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center.

I am attracted to most art forms and have a hard time distinguishing art from design. I think when design is done well, it becomes art. The main difference to me is considering the function and user. I really enjoy creating scenarios of how objects will be used, and designing within those constraints.

Asher Israelow – [Quoted from his interview with Creative Mapping]

Right now I have been experimenting with wood and brass. It is a really rich combination, with a lot of history and precedents. I’ve been looking for new ways to combine the materials, either through inlay/marquetry or with joinery. The brass is very versatile and can express many different qualities. It can be robust and solid when used for structural elements, or very thin and delicate. Wood on the other hand has a lot of personality and integrity. It will let you know how to use it, especially if you are using it wrong. A lot of the fabrication process is about being sensitive to the material and allowing it to speak for itself.

Asher Israelow – [Quoted from his interview with Creative Mapping]

Dwell Magazine’s “Minimalist Brooklyn Apartment” Article – Living room image by Matthew Williams

Asher Israelow is excited about his studio’s flourishing projects, including his Anamorphic Projection series of inlaid furniture pieces that question the boundaries between art and design; his collaboration with his wife’s textile weaving practice; and a few larger architectural projects, including a full residential renovation and a New York City apartment library installation.