THE ARCHITECTURAL MESS
Ongoing collection, Est. 2016
One of a kind, Unique and Serial pieces
One of a kind piece: the only one in its kind
Unique piece: multiple editions, never exactly the same
Serial piece: possible to remake
With this collection I focussed on exploring the boundary of art and design, as well as the boundary between the conceptual and functional aspects of jewelry. And ultimately, the balance between them. It has been my first collection after my graduation and it follows the subject of my thesis titled: 'Anti-Kunst tot Anti-Vormgeving'.
The boundary between art and design in jewelry can be a complex and subjective one. While both fields require creativity and technical skill, art often focuses on the expression of ideas and emotions, while design is more focused on functionality and solving practical problems. In jewelry, this can manifest in pieces that are purely decorative and meant to be admired as works of art, or those that are designed to be worn and fulfill a specific function, such as holding a gemstone securely in place.
Similarly, the boundary between the conceptual and applied function of jewelry can be a delicate balance. Conceptual jewelry may prioritize the artistic vision of the designer, often pushing the boundaries of traditional jewelry design and challenging conventional ideas about beauty and value. In contrast, the applied function of jewelry prioritizes wearability and durability.
As a jewelry designer, finding a perfect balance between these boundaries involves integrating artistic vision and technical skill to create pieces that are both beautiful and functional. This could mean creating visually striking pieces that are also comfortable and easy to wear or incorporating unique design elements that serve a practical purpose.
Through this exploration, I have developed a visual language that embraces asymmetry and complimentary shapes.
The rings incorporate an arrangement of playfully set stones in combination with different shapes and styles. Like the contrast and beauty found in a vibrant cityscape, like the beauty of an Architectural Mess.
To me, an Architectural Mess is a visually compelling display of contrasting styles and elements that create a unique and intriguing aesthetic. It challenges conventional ideas of beauty and order, while still maintaining a sense of balance and coherence.
The Architectural Mess is a celebration to human creativity, adaptability and reflects the beauty in chaos and complexity.
The balance between art and design and the conceptual and applied function of jewelry reflects in skill and creativity, resulting in pieces that are both functional and beautiful.
Most of these rings are produced in limited editions, with varying availability for each design. As the collection continues to expand, new designs are added to the mix.