Listening to colleagues and Scandinavian design: The story of accessories collection POLARIS
Sometimes, writing about a topic helps you clarify things. In the best of cases, this clarification sparks the desire to delve deeper into your findings. Or as I like to call it, run wild with new ideas. Let me introduce to you: Collection POLARIS.
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Movement makes the world go round! Or was it Scandinavian Design?
With EARLY ORBIT, I was mainly acting on an impulse to stress the orbits our planets travel in, rather than the cold stones themselves. I had looked at a lot of old illustrations of our solar system beforehand and found it really interesting how they attempted to visualize the steady movements we’re always surrounded by as they normally remain invisible.
Collection POLARIS comes from a different place, though. Yes, the name does refer to something out there in space again, namely the northern star, but it didn’t start there. The idea for this new collection began with a single interesting comment a colleague made: “Your jewellery reminds me of Scandinavian furniture design”. As we work for a furniture retailer where we’re exposed to all sorts of styles on a daily basis. But had that really gone into my creations for EARLY ORBIT, the collection he was referring to? Nah. Or had it?
Be a maybe. Definitely.
The only way to find out, was to do what I often do in those kind of situations: Write a text about it. It is called “Geometric forms, colour statements and wood: Is this Scandinavian inspired jewellery design?” and it features the unconscious influential potential scale. Slightly silly, I admit. But what I realized was indeed influential. I decided “maybe” was my answer. But most definitely, I knew with all my research, it was time to make Scandinavian-inspired jewellery and call it that!
3 findings that had me try a Scandinavian-inspired range:
#1 Geometrical forms
Guys like the Dane Arne Jacobsen or the Finn Eero Aarnio valued something that I value, too: The pure geometric form. They were, in fact, so fascinated with it that it became one of the distinguishing features of their designs in the 50s and 60s. No heavy ornamental details, yes purity.
#2 Use of colour
By using colour as a means to accentuate certain parts of a design, you do not only add a strong contrast that’s a guaranteed eyecatcher, but celebrate the full richness the colour has to offer. Simple. Pleasure.
#3 Choice of material
Okay, and then wood, of course. Oh, wood. I love wood. It’s raw, it’s beautiful, it’s velvety and never ever feels cold to the touch. It’s special like that. It looks great when it’s cut into a geometric form or when combined with a single colour statement. Only makes sense that it gets used in nordic design often. But even if it didn’t, I’d love it. I’m repeating myself.
So I decided: Do the flow thing, go with it.
Below, you can see some of the first pieces of collection POLARIS. Undeniably POLARIS and EARLY ORBIT share common aesthetics, but whereas my launch collection focuses on movement, POLARIS is my playground for mixing up the three components I described above, paying homage to what others knew was a great combination long before me.
I hope you enjoyed reading “Listening to colleagues and Scandinavian design: The story of accessories collection POLARIS”. Click here if you’re interested in the full story of EARLY ORBIT, or if you’d like to check out what I wrote after my colleague’s comment here.
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