Romeo and Juliet Apartment buildings, Stuttgart, Germany
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what defines your design aesthetic.
Architect by training and practicing design of anything related to the built environment my focus is certainly on spaces and objects which are un-pretentiously searching for poetic subtext in the mundane.
Aesthetically this leads to rigorously simple solutions often reaching back to the pre-modern. Its a search for depth beyond stylistic conventions of today.
2. What prompted you to create jewellery?
3. You have made jewellery for the first time. What challenges did you face? And what factors did you consider in the design and fabrication of the pieces? I did not make anything! Together with Jean-François Lesage I conceptualized the making of these pieces. They are made by master embroiderers of Lesage interiors…
This is to say that there where no technical or physical challenges… The design contemplates the architectural drawing as a cultural record transformed into wearable pieces… a monument of epic proportions becomes the little, pretty adornment for an evening … we find this contrast irreverent and poetic.
Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
4. You have collaborated with the atelier of Vastrakala, one of the top names in luxury embroidered home furnishing. How did that come about?
Jean- Francois Lesage is a good friend and his business partner Malavika Shivakumar happens to be my wife…
5.Do you see your jewellery collection as a continuation of your design aesthetic/practice as an architect or as a separate entity?
Our practice includes interiors, objects .. so these do have a connection with the work of the studio.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
6. On what basis did you choose the monuments? Can you tell us more about your chosen format in terms of materials used, product type and display?
They are chosen across time and cultures and building typology …. and yet they all have jewel like qualities.
7. What direction do you see your future jewellery collections taking?
it would certainly be interesting to probe deeper into this subject of “re-crafting” drawings … other artisans and crafts could interpret very differently and the potential for this to turn into 3 dimensional objects is huge too…
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11. Currently: On the bench: a river beach landscape
On the wall: a design for a villa by my great grandfather
In the drive: construction photographs
On the shelf: books – need more shelves…
Chateau de Chenonceau, France