Jenny Wu, a partner in the firm Oyler Wu Collaborative and a former Dwell on Design artist, has just launched LACE, her first jewelry collection made up of 3-D-printed nylon pieces as well as selections in sterling silver. All belong to the same geometric narrative, and all reference architecture.
"The design of the LACE collection extends the line-based and organic geometry from my architectural work," Wu says. "Each piece weaves together intricate elements to create a jewelry that is spatial and three-dimensional. 3-D printing technology allows me to create interlocking pieces that can be printed as one print rather than multiple prints that need to be assembled afterward."
"In designing all of the pieces, I first try to understand the technology and how to best utilize it to create something unique," Wu continues. "However it was important to find and push the limits of that technology, which was something I was working through during the prototyping stage. Finding the right material was and is still a challenge, but is something that is constantly improving and evolving."
Erika Heet has been working in publishing for more than 20 years, including years spent as a senior editor at Architectural Digest and Robb Report. She has written for Architectural Digest, Robb Report, Interiors, Bon Appétit, Sierra Magazine, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. She recently wrote the foreword to New Tropical Classics: Hawaiian Homes by Shay Zak. She lives in a Topanga cabin with her artist husband and two children.