When Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister, two Emerald City creatives, met in 2007, it was all about furniture. Bound together by their joint love of welding, they quickly established their eponymous studio in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood and started dreaming up stark side tables and bold, powder-coated steel light fixtures. The process involved in creating those large, statement-making home goods is not so dissimilar from the ones needed to make jewelry, it turns out, and soon after, the twosome started playing in that direction—offering the opportunity for all of us to get a little piece of their genius. “All of our stuff is very simple—we’re dealing with how positive space and negative space relate to each other. Jewelry is really the same thing: getting in there with a table saw and cutting brass pieces,” Jamie explains. “It’s quicker than what we normally do, and it’s fun to reap the rewards so fast.”
The real gluey good stuff behind all this is, of course, Jamie and Brian. They have matching work ethics—and are maybe even a little competitive about who can work more—and, they’re both obsessed with constantly pushing things forward. Two of the many projects on the horizon: a collection of bronze-and-marble jewelry and an entirely new line of home amazingness that will launch in May. “We’re really blessed to have a compatible vision. Any piece we’ve created, it all has a certain feel. We’re first and foremost selfish in our vision. We don’t want to compromise on it,” Jamie says. “We just want to make beautiful things that have quality and value—things that won’t be thrown away.”
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