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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.
In addition to the Fauna collection of soft goods and balsa prints that he created for Areaware, Ross Menuez has designed everything from a small airplane in the 1980's while still in school in New York City to kitchen, office, and home furnishings, to commercial interiors for shops and restaurants throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. Menuez also founded Salvor Projects in 2003, for which he was a finalist in the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in the Product Design category. Early projects included commissioned pieces for Bruce Weber, Mariko Mori and a costume for Bjork. The line is currently sold at Maxfield and Barneys in LA, Dover Street Market in London, Isetan in Tokyo, Maria Luisa in Paris and Space Mue in Seoul.