The aspiration to create jewellery that is more wearable architecture than a simple accessory is rapidly becoming an evolving theme among designers. As we see more creative minds fuse design ideas with unconventional materials such as concrete, a new wave of impressive collections have emerged based on industrial design reflecting strength, durability and beauty.
The world of fashion and architecture, is one with multiple similarities and a drive for the same end result. As fashion designers often site architecture as their starting points for new collections and vice versa, it’s apparent there is a fine line between the creative careers. (Forbes, 2015) The connection originates back to a time when animal hyde was be used for producing both clothing and tents. Although both fields have rapidly advanced into different areas, the core relationship between fashion and architecture remains. Now, garments and buildings are produced for the purpose of shelter as well as personal expression of political and cultural identity.
The desire to play with the development of volume, function, proportion, geometry and material actively exists in both fields, proving the overlap between architecture and wearable art is very simple when a creative mind is involved. (Architecture and Fashion, 2011).
Embracing this design philosophy, Canadian based brand Konzuk has produced an array of minimal aesthetic pieces, each inspired by the designers personal observations of architectural forms. (konzukshop, 2015) Shying away from mainstream expectations, their contemporary collection features 250 rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings and cufflinks based on industrial design.
Showing the unorthodox material in a new light, Czech brand Gravelli have a powerful collection that encompasses the concept of producing high quality, timeless and clean products, crafted into a variety of geometric shapes. The brands designer Tomáš Vacek believes this strong material is built by the individual with a strong character;
“Concrete is, in many ways, an extraordinary material with a strong character. I have exactly the same notion about the people, who are not afraid of accepting it.” (Gravelli, 2015).
Douglas & Company
South African based architectural brand Douglas & Company, recently took a courageous move of opting to leave their usual field of constructive expertise and mix up their creative design skills with the world of fashion. The design duo successfully expanded into the world of minimalist aesthetic of contemporary industrial design with their collection “Form Matters”; a compelling assortment of intricate, subtle concrete geometric prisms that resemble the characteristics of an architectural structure. (Fubiz, 2015).
The quirky collection consists of geometric shapes, that resemble the pre-cast concrete components used in infrastructure constructers such as concrete pipes and culverts. The concrete elements used are downscaled to human proportion, with the thickness of materials being reduced to a bare minimum. The cantilevered plane (the strongest property in concrete material), creates a subtle tension and the shape is then made through a vigilant and calculated cut. (Douglas & Company, 2015).
These peculiar shaped rings are generated from a mix of 40% sand and 60% Portland cement and water. A hand-cut piece of brass is then plated along the surface, adding the perfect polished finish whilst protecting the skin from the irregular concrete surface.(Waaaat?, 2015).
This mixture of architectural design and fashion is surrounded by a fierce aura of fascination. The philosophy that this multi-dimensional material has the ability to secure sky-scrappers yet in addition can be used to construct a collection of highly fashionable accessories is remarkable. Showcasing the subtle style, that less is more is becoming apparent within the world of design, resulting in new jewellery emerging from fresh design fields in order to appeal to the devotees of the modern aesthetic, minimal and stylish look.
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