A preview of the Metropolis sterling silver and anodized titanium fine jewelry collection at Laura Marquez’s Gallery
In the process of developing the Metropolis Collection Irene and I have felt like Thomas Alba Edison more often than we would like. Why? Because, as the Smithsonian explains, ‘he filled more than 40,000 pages with notes before he finally had a bulb that withstood a 40 hour test in his laboratory. In 1879, after testing more that 1600 materials for the right filament, including coconut fiber, fishing line, and even hairs from a friend’s beard, Edison and his workers finally figured out what to use for the filament–carbonized bamboo’. Creating this collection is being more demanding than we ever imagined, but we are convinced that our efforts will worth it at the end.
A preview of our Metropolis Collection is available at Laura Marquez’s Gallery right now. It is a real privilege for us to have our cherised creations exhibited along with those designed by gifted jewelers such as Dorine Botana, Jaime Moreno, Liane Katsuki, Michael Ott and many others.
If you have the chance to visit Laura’s gallery, do not hesitate to make the most of it! Remember: 33 Lagasca St., 28001 Madrid. A place for Art, a place for Delight.
As foreseen, a preview of our new collection of fine jewelry was presented at Madrid Joya 2014. Inspired by the cult movie directed by Fritz Lang, the Metropolis Collection combines sterling silver, anodized titanium and gemstones (mainly brilliant-cut diamonds) and is receiving excellent reviews. We are pleased to share with you some of the best moments of Madrid Joya 2014.
I.- Art Déco
Originated in France, Art Déco was an eclectic style that emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming the western world, embracing traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. It flourished internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II.
The first use of the term Art Déco has been attributed to architect Le Corbusier, who wrote a few articles in his journal L’Esprit nouveau under the headline 1925 Expo: Arts Déco referring to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts).
However, the term Art Déco did not became popular until 1966, when a French exhibition celebrating the 1925 event was held under the title Les Années 25: Art Déco/Bauhaus/Stijl/Esprit Nouveau. It was used to distinguish the new styles of French decorative crafts that had emerged since the Belle Epoque and this term has been applied since then to a wide variety of works produced during the Interwar period and even to those of the Bauhaus art school in Germany.
The conceptualization and design of our Metropolis fine jewelry collection, that combines sterling silver, anodized titanium and gemstones, has required a significant research effort. Considering that we have a soft spot for the Bauhaus art school, we could not ignore its footprint in Fritz Lang’s cult movie Metropolis.
I.- Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar
Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar, commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was an art school in Germany. Founded by architect Walter Gropius with a a pragmatic approach to integrating theory and praxis, the main objective of the Bauhaus was to merge traditional arts and crafts with modern technologies; this is, the creation of a ‘total’ work of art in which all artistic disciplines would eventually be brought together.