Archive for March, 2010

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Friday, March 19th, 2010


One very nice thing about being a self-employed designer is that you have time to sit down with a cup of coffee, away from all the usual distractions and really reflect. Here are some of my recent concerns: feeling stagnant, too familiar and predictable, overwhelming urge to break out of a shell I have created for myself.

So this time, I decided to make something quite new, a different approach. Without short-cuts, without being bound by technical problems and really thinking about how it can be constructed so it’s visually resolved. Each brass component was hand-cut from a sheet metal then formed > soldered > polished > riveted. The thickness I wanted for the design was 6mm, and I only had 3mm acrylic, so I had to cut all the acrylic components twice to double the thickness. I hand dyed the green acrylic and the sponge ball. The whole piece took me almost 2 days to complete it… was it worth it? I think so. I think I definitely learned something about the beauty of things that are carefully considered and constructed. No short-cuts, no magic wand. Just sheer determination, dedication and patience. I will subject it to the usual “2 week test” to see how I feel later. I don’t think it’s perfect yet, but I think there’s definitely potential for further development :)


One a very different note, Guy and I are opening a pop-up store here in Berlin! We are moving into the shop-front apartment in north Neukolln from the 1st of April, and will be decorating the space into shop / workspace, hopefully with the help of some architect friends. I am so incredibly excited! We are planning for an official opening for sometime in end of April. I will post some pictures + more information about the shop soon.

.: tap your heels :.

Monday, March 15th, 2010


I have been bitten by the “facet bug”. Last Saturday, I really felt like wearing a pair of white studs… and here is the result a couple of hours later. The facets are hand carved so completely random. I like it as it references traditional facets on gems, but the lack of symmetry and order make it a little more interesting. I’m doing some other designs using illustrations of gemstones. I’ll try to post them here soon.

.: touch me :.

Friday, March 5th, 2010


Some prototype images… I am exploring the tactile sensation within the context of wearable pendants, earrings and brooches. This one is my current favorite. It sits just below the collar bones, and measures 60 x 48 x 20 mm.

Some process shots. I have not soldered anything in a long time, but I am sure glad I packed the kit before I came overseas! It’s also a nice change to work more in 3D, as my natural tendency when I design is to build up layers. The brooch is 50 x 50 x 20 mm.before_b


Inspired by the strange and wonderful fruit Pomelo. (more…)