As a design-build practice, Marmol Radziner is known for infusing its projects with custom-fabricated furnishings and hardware. This hands-on approach is also applied to their line of jewelry, launched in 2010, and fabricated in the studio’s in-house metal shop. Recently, the duo (and Chief Jewelry Designer Robin Cottle) introduced a new white brass collection. Principal Ron Radziner spoke with FORM about it.
What drew white the studio to begin designing jewelry?
After I created my first bracelet, when I couldn’t find any jewelry that was neither too flamboyant nor too dull, I worked with our metal shop to develop a collection of cuffs to fit women and men. Eventually, an entire jewelry line was born. The collection was a natural extension of the architectural hardware and furnishings made in the firm’s own workshop.
The jewelry is designed from architectural materials – can you talk a little bit about the inspiration behind this process?
Inspired by Marmol Radziner’s architectural work, the team developed jewelry, applying the same design philosophy as that for its architecture, landscape, and furniture design. The collection is a way of experimenting with the firm’s ideas, applying architectural concepts to industrial materials at a very personal scale.
The same artisans who work on the firm’s architectural models and full-scale building details create rings, bracelets, and pendants from commercial-grade bronze, bending the metal material in the same way, to produce architectural hardware. The collection is reminiscent of Marmol Radziner’s architecture, whose beauty lies partly in the expression of the materials and proportions.
How would you describe the collection?
The jewelry is reminiscent of the firm’s architecture, with an emphasis on simple, clean lines and elegant proportions. The collection is unadorned and well-constructed for everyday use.
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