This week we will show you some heavy stuff that you can actually wear.
A good thing about jewelry is that it can be made out of literally anything. Of course, nothing can beat the good old precious metals, but who said that concrete can’t be just as precious? In this week’s Concrete Weekly we will show you some examples when concrete makes for some extraordinary and yet elegant accessories.
First off, let us introduce you to IVANKA’s organ jewelry line from 2011, designed by architect Anna Szabó. Which one of your organs is the closest to your heart? (not literally this time) Why not wear it outside your body for a change, so you will never forget to take good care of it. You can choose your concrete accessory in the shape of an almost biologically correct heart, kidney, lung, liver or stomach shape.
Beat Poet teamed up with 22designstudio of Taiwan to make these architecturally correct concrete panel rings. They said they drew inspiration from the brutalist ideas of architects such as Louis Kahn or Tadao Ando. The rings are almost exclusively made from concrete, and the main design element is their rawness: the cast work holes are left intact, and the surface mostly unpolished. They are supposed to age gracefully, just like our majestic concrete buildings.
Israeli designer Hadas Shaham’s concrete jewelry line is a little bit less structural. She combines concrete with precious metals and uses a lot of ornament, which creates a great counterpoint. A few words about her inspiration: “The concrete collection is based on the combination of old and new, gentle and harsh, hollow and full… It is about opposites and using them to create a whole object, just like dealing with real life.”
Berlin-based designer Bergner Schmidt‘s creations are basically sculptures that you can wear. Although the statement neckpieces and rings look quite heavy, the looks are worth the little extra weight.
Hungarian jewelry designer Gabriella Faludi teamed up with Áron Losonczi, the inventor or light transmitting concrete LiTraCon last year, and they created a precious jewelry collection from metals and concrete. The shapes were inspired by the urban forms that surround us, and the simple building blocks that first introduce us to the basics of architecture in our childhood.
The special light transmitting concrete gives an airy feel to this originally heavy material, and makes it fun to wear. The first pieces of the collection ended up in the Hungarian Museum of Applied Arts, and are exhibited there ever since.
Which one of these precious pieces would you like to wear?