Combining a fine jewellery inspiration with experimental design: this was the idea we had when we brought together Brazilian jewellery house H. Stern and Amsterdam-based multidisciplinary designers Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto, aka BCXSY.
The designers immersed themselves in the Brazilian company's world – learning about jewellery-making techniques from their local craftsmen – and developed a collection of furniture inspired by Brazilian modernism. 'The colours and characteristics of the materials serve as a reference to the jewellery world,' explain Cohen and Yamamoto, who were mainly inspired by stone setting when designing their metal and glass structures.
The result of this collaboration is a three-piece vanity collection in minimal forms – entitled 'Humble Vanity' and comprising a vanity console, box and a wall mirror – combining brass structures with mirrored and coloured glass surfaces. The collection channels BCXSY’s affinities with the world of alchemy, via design references to the mysterious and magical aspects of beauty and transformation.
The creative conversation between the two parties branched one step further, with BCXSY’s work also inspiring a jewellery collection from H. Stern. Called 'Mystery in Gold', the three-piece set features a cuff bracelet and two pairs of earrings made of the company’s own 18 carat 'noble gold' – a mix of white and yellow golds. The pieces are set with a combination of dark and light cognac diamonds, and feature an intricate architecture-like construction, with an interior lining that enhances their three-dimensional perspective.
A true tribute to the art of collaboration, the double collection exemplifies the creative powers of our six-year-old Handmade venture.