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I stumbled across this glassware by Joseph Hoffman in a Wall Street Journal insert entitled…The Future of Everything. His background is fascinating, but the scope of his life’s work is amazing…furniture, glassware, architecture, jewelry etc.

With an eye that favored strict geometric shapes, Josef Hoffmann was in many ways anticipatory of the cubist movement. His fondness for the square was so well-known that the architect and designer earned the nickname Quadrati-Hoffmann (Square Hoffman) among his peers.

Hoffmann was among the rare breed of designers who could make anything. Coming to prominence at the turn of the 20th century, the Austrian creative put his mark on everything from lounge chairs and silverware to a modernist sanatorium. Hoffmann undoubtedly owed much of his success to good company—working alongside artists like Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, the young Hoffmann founded the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists that held exhibitions of progressive work as a reaction to the prevailing conservatism of the art world.”

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cartierThe June/July Town & Country features several pages of black and white clothing, jewelry & shoes. Including this bracelet from Cartier was a bit of a stretch for black and white…but it does feature that crisp contrast that always feels cool and fresh, regardless of the temperature. At $286,000, this bauble may not be in your budget, but the swirl of light and dark may be just what you need for your next design. 

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tattooed steelTattooed Steel is a California based company that offers artists the ability to transfer their work steel or titanium jewelry. ‘Tattooed Steel merges precision technology with the creative imagination and talent of the global artist community and offers a variety of handmade stainless steel jewelry made in the USA.’

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karen vanmolKaren Vanmol is inspired by the architecture of the city and the texture of the natural landscape. “A city without a little nature works claustrophobic for me, but a nature landscape with no sign of humanity is too quiet for me. Protecting or imitating nature, the use of natural materials in architecture, the restoring of a road surface, accidental strong shapes on a construction site, these things I find very interesting.”

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anne havelAnne Havel’s influences change daily because she translates the changing world around her. “The world is imperfect and that is reflected in much of Anne’s work–not a perfect circle or square–rough around the edges. Even nature, which is the closest anything comes to perfection, manifests its “perceived flaws” in the imperfect flower, the decaying tree bark, or the mold-ridden fence-post. All these beautiful “flaws” drive her work.”

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peta krugerPeta Kruger’s background as a graphic designer influences all aspects of her work. “Peta’s designs come from an eclectic wealth of knowledge. The strong graphic and illustrative aspects come in part from her training as a graphic designer. Based in Adelaide’s JamFactory, Peta also works as an illustrator and this informs her jewellery design. Employing brass allows her to explore a diverse array of influences including Deco and Futurist motifs. Metal is cut, bent and combined in playful and spontaneous ways. Shapes, ideas and a bold use of colour are combined to create forms that are new but carry traces of familiarity, alluding to a past life.”

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christyn-bijoux 1 25As a French language drop out in high school…I didn’t fare very well in Spanish either, we will let the work of Fabienne Christyn tell her story. She works primarily in white porcelain creating large sculptural installations as well as jewelry. Fabienne’s work was pinned by Amalthee-Creations, another artist who ‘cuts to the chase’ and creates powerful designs with an innate simplicity.

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