American design with a sense of humor, Areaware's mission is to produce everyday objects that are both functional and unusual, utilizing the best design talent available within our borders.
Areaware is a New York City based producer of thoughtful, new and inspiring products that serve a practical purpose while looking beyond the ordinary. Areaware has become a strong voice for American design, working with talents like Harry Allen, Jonas Damon, David Weeks and Singgih Kartono among its collective of strong design voices. Creating products from a diverse range of media and design languages, the Areaware product range includes home accents, functional accessories and furnishings that are simple, beautiful, humorous and poetic.
Kiel Mead sees past the ordinary. Where people see an unassuming piece of driftwood or even a dental retainer, Mead understands the object's astonishing potential. As a graduate of Pratt Institute of Art, he has learned to harness his unique ability to give life to everyday objects. The results are whimsical pieces that surprise everyone. Though Mead's jewelry and object making hub is in New York City, his pieces have traveled to numerous museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Furthermore, his work has been featured in The New York Times, InStyle and New York Magazine. One of the most exciting things about Kiel Mead is seeing what he comes up with next. After you view his work, you'll never see a piece of gum or other found objects the same way again.