I spotted these incredible necklaces over on Project J a while ago and was instantly seduced by their simplicity and grown-up playfulness. I set out to meet the brains behind this brilliantness and discovered that this husband and wife duo was a new brand with some well-conceived ideas. With backgrounds in fine art and design, with a desire to collaborate, this jewellery brand was born only a year ago and features a distinctive style of bold, colourful and geometric designs. I wanted to know a thing or two about their practice – here’s how we got on….
You have a very definite aesthetic in your work. What materials do you most use for your pieces?
The necklaces are made from a range of materials like wood, resin, perspex, brass and cord. Within our latest collection we have used Corian, a material mainly used for kitchen worktops. Each necklace can be adapted in length and worn high at the neck or at pendant length as it can be adjusted with a little wooden ball at the back. We cut, drill and finish all the parts by hand in our South London studio.
“…we find inspiration through wandering around East London shops and galleries or through taking photographs of daily London life”
What type of clientele would you say your work attracts?
Often a customer with a broad interest in design, who perhaps wears minimal clothing which act as a blank canvas for the necklaces! Some of our stockists such as Captured By and Triangle Store in East London focus on interior products and our necklaces sit well as a product within these lifestyle stores.
What influences your work?
We read widely and our interests in architecture, art, design and fashion naturally filter into the work we make. We love the architecture of Le Corbusier – his use of colour set against vast concrete forms is incredible. We are also interested in Constructivist art and design and the simplicity of some Bauhaus work. That said, the bold use of contrasting pattern and form in Memphis furniture is also a big influence. We visit exhibitions regularly and often find inspiration through wandering around interesting East London shops and galleries or through taking photographs of daily London life.
Do you have any events coming up?
Yes! We have a pop up shop at Designjunction, 18-21st September at the The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, London. We will be launching necklaces in brand new colourways at this event…watch this space!
OK, popping those dates in the diary immediately – as should you! Designjunction is always a winner for exciting new creatives, so no surprises there. If you haven’t visited this event in previous years I definitely recommend that you check this one out and stop by the OWME stand to pick up a piece or two.