There’s always intrigue in Kim Mee Hye’s designs. Her new collection of architecturally considered earring designs, called ‘Foyer’, is ‘more an accessory to the body than precious adornment’, says the Korean-born, Belgium-raised, London-based designer.

‘Today, a lot has already been explored with the earring, so I decided to innovate by adding a new layer, like a new structure on the body. These are earrings which you can add gems or little rings to, as if adding a new room to a house.’ Comprised of angular and circular frames, the sizeable earrings are hooked from the tip of the ear and lie flat against it.

Mee Hye offers variations on the theme: crafted in gold with an additional ring of diamonds ‘if preferred’; less precious in gold plate with cut glass or bright enamel detail; or perforated to allow the application of tiny hoops should an alternative effect be desired. Consideration for the geometry of nature also plays a part: ‘I have designed different layers in different models to fit with different face profiles,’ she reveals.

As originally featured in the September 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*210)