Sharp edges are juxtaposed against curves in a new jewellery collection from German brand Nyyukin, which has been inspired by the rough façades of a city for a new family of stainless steel cuffs.
The metal’s hard-wearing nature made it an organic choice for the strong curl of the 003 cuff, although its natural rawness appealed too. ‘We have used both titanium and stainless steel in our designs; these raw, sturdy, functional materials are most often used in buildings, spacecrafts and tech products,’ says Vera Henco, founder and head of the brand. ‘Yet when treated right, they can suddenly be turned into super sleek, dainty pieces of jewelry. That fascinated us.’
The results, unlike previous pieces in past collections, eschew traditional polishing techniques and instead embrace a coarser aesthetic. Sharp edges aren’t smoothed-over but celebrated, culminating in the sharp points of precise 3D-printed spikes which are juxtaposed against a flexible and interchangeable base.
‘The tools with which architects design their buildings today are the same we used to create our 001, 002, and 003 series of bracelets. Using 3D-software we develop carefully designed objects whose surfaces and curves quote the canon of forms of modern architecture,’ says Johannes Hundt, founder and head of product design. The end results are playful, and offer the wearer the chance to adapt them as the whim strikes.
‘We want to offer wearers a timeless design, while also encouraging them to be experimental,’ adds Henco. ‘Our jewellery is made to last in both material and design, but ultimately these are everyday pieces to be worn throughout the day.’ §