Andrea Miranda Salas is a designer and maker of objects based in Brooklyn,New York. Her current collection explores the intersection between design and the act of making.
When did you launch your site? Officially January 2015, but it’s been a long time coming…
What are you best known for? I think my best sellers have been the neck rings. They are the OG of my line.
Where are your products made? All the pieces in the Materiality collection are made in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The line is comprised of casted porcelain, cotton and linen rope and natural reed.
What are the challenges selling online compared to a physical store? I appreciate collaboration so I enjoy having my work be a part of a new environment in which someone else has interpreted and added it to their vision. So yes, I prefer the tactile, physical store but my online shop allows me to have fun and conceive of dreamy conceptual imagery which is very rewarding!
Who are your customers? I think my customers are usually creative people themselves, designers and artists. I like to think that they value the authenticity of the material.
Do you participate in events, pop ups? I participated in the Renegade this year. I also showed my work at Young and Able’s design pop-up market during design week. I really love working with them – the owner Rosa is amazing!
Who inspires you? The politically engaged, the spiritually inclined, the underdogs and the rebellious at heart. Noam Chomsky, Peter Singer, Rigoberta Menchú, Wagari Maathai, Shaun King, Cornell West, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yuri Herrera,
Krishnamurti, Ali Muhammad, Pema Chodron, Wagari Maathai, Jose Antonio Vargas, and so many more……
What inspires you? Traveling….being surrounded by different cultures that’s when I feel my most creative and truest self.
The hardest lesson learned in starting a business? Everything takes three times as long as anticipated.
What task do you like to delegate? Marketing!
Which famous person would you like as a customer? Janelle Monae
If you weren’t a shopkeeper you would be.. an anthropologist, ethnographer ..oh and a pastry chef for sure!
What is your perfect day off? Getting up early and riding my bike old rusty (that’s her name) to the farmer’s market. Having coffee and a croissant and reading the paper. In summer, going to the beach all day!
Favorite neighborhood coffee shop and restaurant: Ashbox is right next to my studio so I’m pretty much there all the time. Champions coffee is the best. I’m a fan of Bakeri . Their biscuits are YUM! My favorite bar in the neighborhood is Troost. There’s music every night of the week and Prosecco on tap.
I wish I could… play the trumpet, be a professional salsa dancer, swim laps.
On the Future of Retail
“I love curated spaces so I believe brick and mortars will stay but I believe a “store” will be required to expand it’s traditional role to encompass much more of a community aspect in the near future. But I like the change that has occurred. I like the autonomy of on-line shops and independent “shopkeepers”.
I see this especially empowering when I work overseas . Artisan, designers, makers all over the globe can sell their own work with access to a larger market and profit directly from it. I am all for it.”