The Wearable Architecture of Karen Konzuk
- The new Orbis collection by Vancouver-based Konzuk Studio is elevating concrete, a material mostly known to clad surfaces such as floors and buildings, into wearable pieces of art.
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but a truly unique piece of jewelry can be more precious than any gemstone. Unlike in years of yore, personal adornments are no longer worn simply to display one’s social status. Now, gals of all means and backgrounds wear bold pieces that are both glamorous and make a personal statement all their own. I have selected some new pieces that you can mix with your coveted vintage baubles. They're also perfect on their own. Peruse these pieces, which would make excellent gifts for the jewelry lover on your list; I'm smitten with them all.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have had an adoration for jewelry. So much so, I used to have a pretend shop in my room and I would sell my grandmother her own jewelry. I decided to select jewelry for the Dwell 2010 Holiday Guide in honor of sentimental memories and the uniqueness a piece of jewelry provides to our individual style.
- Under the tutelage of a Bauhaus master, Margaret De Patta trailblazed the American studio jewelry movement with wearable art.
The bright woods found in these lightweight earrings is sourced from recycled skateboards. Yes, you read that right: recycled skateboards—I'm so stoked about that! Designed by MapleXO, their motto is “Save Landfill Space in Style. Live. Love. Wear.”
I recently came across the Philippa Roberts line at her small design shop and studio in Piedmont, CA. I love the lightweight feel and organic shape of these Sterling silver Bubble earrings.
This geometric design has an architectural sensibility. I swooned over the laser-cut bamboo and gold-filled hardware crafted by San Francisco-based Folia Design. Part city grid, part Mondrian, all style.