Friday, August 21, 2009

Separating the wheat from the chaff...

Vibe Harsløf earrings for Wackerhaus

Last week, when Christina and I were running errands in the district, we noticed the preponderance of amateur jewelry designers picking out wares at one of our go-to spots. We always joke that sending would-be designers to this place is like leading them up the wrong path, even though we love it. If you're a professional jewelry designer you almost exclusively go there to buy equipment, tools, and, if you must, findings. If you are an amateur, you are likely to get sucked into the dross of antique brass odd-lot bits and charms that every trinket-maker in New York is currently hawking off doorsteps in Soho.

That's why I always appreciate jewelry designers who make work that's not only completely different from my own, but unlike any other designer currently on the market. While dozens of contemporary jewelers are experimenting with plastics and acrylics, it's rare to see those materials rendered in exuberantly three-dimensional forms, like the oversize starburst earrings that Danish designer Vibe Harsløf created for Wackerhaus. Vibe's designs, which are influenced by graffiti art and graphic design, as well as classic Scandinavian formalism, are at once completely of the moment, while resisting being trendy. Now that's something more young designers should aim for.

-Tiffany

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12 comments:

KATLIN said...

girls, i wanna see your jewelry!!

WJ said...

I'm having trouble with figuring out how they actually connect to the ear. Nevertheless, they are too awesome for words!

Amanda said...

like icecicles- so beautiful.

La Chauve-Souris said...

this is so cool!! wanna have a pair

xxx
leslie

The Six Six Sick Girls said...

KATLIN-

We're going into market now, and will be launching our line for Holiday 09/Spring 10. You'll see it very soon!!!

xxx,
Tiffany

Pammy said...

couldn't agree more with the whole post!

I think with the recession, jewelry is going to be what adds lux to staple pieces. It feels really urgent.

diy date? I spoke to zana from garbage dress and she seems down

Winnie said...

These are stunning...they're like sea-urchin like...but spikier!

Ooh I love the sound of your jewellery line!

kirstyb said...

wow look at those earrings x

Isabel said...

Wow, those earring are completely killer. I've never seen anything like them!

A La Mode said...

Oh my god, crazy and AMAZING

Jillian said...

those are freaking stunning so gorgeous!

Young Hunting said...

lol @ antique brass odd-lot bits.
These earrings are great.