By Rachel Filipinas.
Sometimes, the simplest things make the biggest statements. As someone who seeks out the simple—the subtle, the refined, the little things that feel like a secret discovery—I find myself instantly drawn to the pieces of Iacoli & McAllister.
Founded by Seattle-based designers Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister, the Iacoli & McAllister way isn’t about prioritizing innovation, because innovation can actually get in the way of their craft. For them, it’s all about finding their version of perfection, pieces that are pared down and stripped of any ornament, utilitarian in an elegantly sleek package.
Both students of industrial design, Iacoili and McAllister create pieces informed by their education. Armed with powder coated steel, each Iacoli & McAllister piece plays with lines, proportion, and weight. Their work explores scale and angles, the relationship between positive and negative space. Stark side tables become sculptures. Lighting fixtures become art installations, ready to be hung and furnished with a 60 watt bulb. Necklaces are experiments in geometry. Even something as inconspicuous as a paper weight or a bottle opener becomes a treasured memento.
That’s the idea behind Iacoli & McAllister. Their goal is to make things of value, things that last, things that won’t be thrown away—and they’ve certainly succeeded.
All images courtesy of Iacoli & McAllister.
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