As a trained architect, Aaron Poritz has integrated the plethora of creative experience he has into the work done by his namesake shop, Poritz & Studio. Located in Brooklyn, his company is a design and fabrication studio, specializing in furniture, home goods and sculpture as well as architectural design. This array of interests comes from Poritz's upbringing around his father's wood-shop and sculpture studio.
In addition to his childhood exposure, when asked what has influenced him the most, Poritz says, "I am drawn to works that have a sensitivity to nature and their environment. I think because I grew up very close to nature I have always gravitated toward using materials that come from the earth. I am most interested in designers that highlight and use what our earth produces as well as blur the boundaries of architecture and nature."
This blurring of the boundaries is reflected through his most recent project with Morris Adjmi, a New York based architect. Poritz and Adjmi have been collaborating on a 10 piece furniture collection, which will ultimately be more accessible than Poritz's past collections. "The line explores stone, metal, wood and recycled paper as materials. it has a very different aesthetic than my previous collections and I am looking forward to prototyping and debuting the works."
"A good designer must know the material they are working with as well as they know their designs." - Aaron Poritz
For Poritz, however, there is not necessarily a line between furniture and architecture. "I have always felt that furniture and architecture are very similar. They both require the designer to consider a human as the main participant and as such have a similar scale." This understanding of an individual's experience of a space is notably important to the designer. "The way a person feels in a space and moves through a space can be greatly influenced by the furniture. Because of this I feel that furniture should be treated with the same sensitivity as the architecture itself."
Poritz is also cognizant of the materials he and his peers use as well as the craftsmanship behind the process of creating a piece by hand. "I feel its very important for people to not loose the ability to craft an object by hand and learn the intricacies of a natural material in order to work it into a piece of art. That is one of the things I enjoy most about the process of design and making. A good designer must know the material they are working with as well as they know their designs." Poritz does not feel making furniture by hand is important, but he does emphasize the importance of remaining connected to the principle inventiveness of design. "I think the more people become reliant on technology the more detached from earth and ultimately themselves they become."