Last year I decided to change a lot of things in my life and put some dreams into practice. One of them was to travel, something that I always wanted but never had the courage to do-because who owns the business can not stop working, right. I took courage and embarked on the script of some friends. Best decision I ever made.
That bit of guilt for stopping work for a month gave me goodbye when I decided to take the time to get inspiration for new collections and get to know the work of people I admire.
European jewelry designers have a very different vision than what we are accustomed to seeing here. Maybe because fashion is more permissive there, and people like to use creativity to dress without much shame, the possibilities of shapes and colors expand to infinity. They use many colors, materials that are not considered noble, unusual shapes and sizes. And brooches.Many brooches.
For those who like fashion and design, these are my 3 tips to begin to discover the world of jewelry designers in Europe:
1. Hans Appenzeller In Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a small town for art and design. There is an all there, the weather is joyful (I went in August, the summer was lively), people seem to have a very open mind.
From the cachedjewelr, I admire, there are at least a 4 with atelier there: Hans Appenzeller, Rob Koudijs, Ra, Grimm Sieraden… And there is theRijksmuseum, a modern art museum known for having a collection of cool jewels.
The Hans Appenzeller’s atelier-shop-gallery sits on the sides of the Red Light District on one of those narrow little streets that take you in very crazy directions (Grimburgwal 1) .
Hans’s work is a mixture of delicacy and outrage. He makes beautiful pieces, with varied metals and stones. There are chains, some flexible parts that are jaw-dropping. Worth the visit.
And I gave damn luck. I got there, “hi, how are you? I just wanted to see the parts, could you? I’m a fan of Hans’s work. “”Sure, make yourself at home.” Two minutes later, guess who appears?Himself. And he talked loudly with me, he explained a little about his work… I was happier than a kid at Disney!
2. Jewelery Designers Indies In Berlin
If Amsterdam is a cool city for a person who likes art and design, Berlin is a place that this person has to visit every time he goes to Europe.
The city is huge, super varied, has lots of street art, incredible photo shops and many, many shops with handicrafts and cool things. I hate that word, unglued, but I do not know which one to use. There were 6 days of walks and parties, lots to see in this city that has so much history.The Bauhaus Museum was also in the script, of course-mandatory for any designer.
But it had a place that stayed in my heart: near the Rosenthaler Platz has a space called Hackeschen Höfe. They are patios with small shops, restaurants and cinema. Fun guaranteed for anyone. But, Sarah, you’re going to talk about the store, really? I will. This is special.
The Promobo (Rosenthaler Straße 40-41)is a small shop for small producers to show their work. The store has shelves like boxes, which is the space that the producers rent to expose and sell their work. It has clothes, crafts, thousand things. And there are the jewels. Dude, there are the jewels.
In this small shop has a part only with incredible jewelry from designers who should be like this, small like me, but with a level of excellence that I went crazy just to see. I spent time in the store to look at everything with affection.
Since there were a lot of people, and already must have changed the window, I will not mention anyone. But I’m going to launch the challenge: I want to see someone get through Promobo and leave without buying anything.
3. Sculptures On Swiss Jewelry By Stefan Pauli
Bern is a cute little town, as are almost all of Switzerland. Good for a day trip. The bars close at midnight and there is nothing left to do, so do not waste your time looking for a night out. It even has it, but it’s not worth it.
Stay in Zurich, which is much more hectic, and save a day to make a return trip in Bern (it’s just a train hour).
You can walk along the river Aare (his turquoise is really captivating, but the water is cold, I only managed to take a micro dip and do not want to remember the freezing sensation), visit the bookstore of that book ” Night Train To Lisbon”, but you can also look for the arts there. And has. Less than Amsterdam and Berlin, but it has. And a gallery caught my eye.
It was the Stefan Pauli Gallery(Gerechtigkeitsgasse 13) , which is right there in the little town, near the famous clock there.
I went there on a Sunday, of course the store was closed, but my jaw dropped in the shop window and I had to go back there later to see right.
The guy does a sculpted job that is exciting. I took clandestine photos, wanted to keep it for me. It was a mix of classic and modern, different textures, I do not know if I can explain. They reminded me of Giacometti’s sculptures, in a way. There’s another designer with whom I would love to meet and chat.
Ah! I can not forget to mention, for the people who draw it, that in Berne there is a three-storey shop with only pencils, pens, paints and special papers :Lachenmeier Farben (Aarbergergasse 56). It’s not a stationery. It is a shop specializing in drawing and painting material. I will not even challenge again, because no one will ever succeed.