glaze is a lifestyle product design studio founded by Akeem Pierre Glaze and Stephanie Marie DelVecchio in 2017. The NYC-based studio creates products designed with distinct attention to detail and an emotive experience in mind.
glaze strives to make every product a statement piece for the home and an art object whose innate value is transformed through new experiences.
Palm Beach and the Northeast
glaze draws on influences from their roots in Palm Beach and the Northeast. glaze infuses the two lifestyles into their products through color, material, imagery, and vibe.
Made with Integrity
glaze handcrafts each piece in collaboration with small, family-owned American lumberyards, woodworkers, and candlemakers. glaze uses natural materials selected for their innate qualities and bold characteristics.
glaze's first product introduction was the Wooden Matchbox, originally created by Akeem for a class assignment during his Freshman year at RISD in 2009. The assignment was to create a shrine. Drawing on influences from Biblical iconography and Renaissance painting, Akeem created a beautifully adorned matchbox as his interpretation of a sacred object. He intended for the matchbox to represent the act of carrying the light of the divine with you, and striking a match as an act of remembrance. His first matchbox included etchings of a stag and bunnies to represent a noble follower and rejuvenated life.
Akeem signs every matchbox as a mark of his original concept.
The U Candle is a new addition to glaze's assortment. Drawing on sculpture and utility, glaze reimagined the experience of burning a candle by reinterpreting how conventional taper candles are secured, molded, and used.
glaze spent months developing the candle's form through handmade sketch models and explorations in 3D modeling. After tedious experimentation with subtle twists on basic geometries and lofted shapes, glaze reached a form solution that was both sculptural and functional.