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BAUHAUS

Inspired by Marcel Breuer’s studies on furniture, pendants and rings, reminding of bent steel pipes and refined metal connections in railings of Bauhaus buildings, are occurring in simple geometric shapes as a major stylistic element. Like in the 1920’s we are on the transition of a new era with new challenges, where it is extremely important to work with traditional craft and design techniques, while playing with the latest modern technologies to create something new.

 

COLLECTIBLE TREASURE PUNK ROCK ASSEMBLY

Fine narrative elements like skull, cross, heart, clover or wind rose are composed in a wild way as if you had assembled fragments of jewelry and emotions from different periods and places to compose something personal and truly unique. Pendants act as lockings, bracelets as necklace parts and a whole row of fragile rings with simple symbols invite you to play with the pieces and for the first time create your own individual ring combination.

 

GROWTH

This collection plays with the idea of growth. The process of naturally growing- retracing the savageness of creations built by nature- inspired a series of pieces with organic elements. Rosebuds and leaves cast in solid silver or gold, winding over medallions, bracelets and ring combinations, capture the tenderness of delicate petals in firm metal, freezing the moment of hidden beauty with the potential to unveil with time and growth.

ALL WE HAVE IS NOW

For this collection we explored the relation to time, reflecting on sense and meaning in the temporal flow. It is intrigued by the way the perspectives on things and beings are changing with time passing, while beauty is always infinite and true in the now. This core theme is transported by watches with no hands, presumably inviting the wearer to establish his very own time. Small clocks with time standing still, integrated into necklaces and bracelets, serve as a reminder for nothing being eternal and that this ephemeral quality is, what makes things limitlessly beautiful.

 

TRANSFORMATION

The notion of aging in dignity is a central theme to us, as it represents an example of inevitable transformation. The skull, one of the oldest brand’s hallmarks, has been revisited in a naturalistic way to emphasize that ephemeral nature of men's life - opposed to the one of the jewel, which continues even after the death of its owner, passing down through generations. Now the skulls have missing teeth and edgy angles, while their realistic appearance raises questions about chance and fate.

 

URBAN TRACES

Counterpart of WERKSTATT:MÜNCHEN jewelry‘s organic appeal is its rock 'n' roll identity expressed through metal embossings of rock lyrics in a way that resembles street graffiti aged in time. These “urban traces”, as if they underwent multiple transformations, are almost illegible and are meant as a private memory for the wearer, like traces that at a unique personnel element to the pieces’ value.

 
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TAPE

The early work of contemporary artist Christo inspired a series of “tape” necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. Those silver empaquetages subtly recall Christos artistic practice of packaging objects, transforming their appearance and identity through lines and crosses into new compositions.

 

FRAGMENTS

The conceptual inspiration for this collection were fragments. Memories and emotional traces are not used as a cold reference but integrated in the design and the production process inbuing the jewelry with new stories that are visible and invisible at once. Intertwined with industrial craftsmanship, we used antique metal stamps for fragments of early jewelry production to embellish the pieces, adding new elements to its signature symbolism.

 

LYRICS

In our created universe craft, art and music are seamlessly connected, hence the lyrics of Led Zeppelin’s song ”thank you” were engraved on different tools like mills or anvils to be reflected as fragments on the pieces handcrafted surfaces. Some quotes from the famous ballad were directly engraved on the jewelry in an elegant handwriting. Far from being redundant the text often can only be felt by touch as the traces of rusty vintage anvils make it hard to read. The words are there but as private memories, like any of the subtle and precious details that define WERKSTATT:MÜNCHEN’s understated luxury.

 

Curl

WERKSTATT:MÜNCHEN emphasizes on performing and perfecting traditional gold and silver smithing skills. Only a practiced hand will achieve jewelry producing incessantly unique surface structures, constantly reflecting slightly vivid irregularities. For this collection we developed the CURL theme. Hammered wires wound to loops and links, resembling curls form the base for two-finger rings, bracelets and necklaces that fascinate through their reduction and simplicity.