Akeem Glaze 12 ID
Stephanie DelVecchio 12 ID
Based in Brooklyn, NY
g l a z e is a product design studio founded by Akeem Pierre Glaze and Stephanie Marie DelVecchio in 2017. The studio explores how materials and proportions can elevate an everyday object. Our Wooden Matchbox is our first product introduction, which was conceived by Akeem Pierre Glaze in 2008 while attending RISD. We make each matchbox by hand. All wooden components are cut to precise dimensions and sanded down to a perfect tolerance. We finish each box with a urethane topcoat, striking surface, and custom cut matches.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Our studio practice is inspired by where we grew up, the objects we love, elevated experiences, the integrity of the materials we use, form, function, storytelling, and intuition.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Our first year at RISD taught us the importance of artistic integrity, craftsmanship, and intuition - all of which have informed our studio practice. Studying Industrial Design at RISD taught us to let the design process drive creative solutions. We use our studio's guiding principal of redefining objects through materials and proportions to inform our process and the objects we create.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
We are very excited to announce the expansion of our wooden matchbox assortment for Fall 2017. We are particularly excited about our new Lacewood and Ambrosia Maple handmade matchboxes.
To see more of Akeem and Stephanie's work, visit glaze.studio