All posts tagged: necklace

Travel Dice by Walnut Studiolo

Walnut Studiolo‘s line of handmade accessories and games are produced in the company’s Portland, Oregon workshop. The latest addition to their growing line of travel games is a lightweight, portable set of dice ideal for players of any game using six or less die. The dice are secured inside the brass tube with a brass-beaded chain that can be worn as a necklace or carried as a keychain. The solid brass square tube perfectly houses six (6x) 7mm travel dice. A chain secures the dice in the tube at one end, and inlaid walnut wood closes the other end. Over time, the brass will develop a patina from hands and scratches. The die are available in either white or black and the chain comes in two lengths. $25. All images courtesy Walnut Studiolo.

Lovely Pigeon

Why do I love the work of British designer Kirsty Thomas? It’s not just because she’s promised to take me out for fish and chips next time I’m in Scotland. I first fell for the copper- and formica-accented line of handcrafted jewelry—not to mention her copper-foil adorned cards and notebooks—when I spotted the display of her design studio Lovely Pigeon at the designjunction expo during last September’s London Design Festival. Thomas is a print maker, jeweler, illustrator, and “occasional shopkeeper” who works out of an old net loft in Cellardyke, a fishing village on the East coast of Scotland. I asked Thomas about her use of copper, which was a strong trend at the festival. Why do you use so much copper in your work?  I love the copper/brass trend that has emerged recently. The softer, warmer tones of copper, bronze, and brass add a bit of bling and glamour without being ostentatious or showy. I also think warm metallics have a heritage feel and using them in their raw state has a truth and simplicity that you …

Freedom Of Creation Necklaces

FOC Talents is a global online network of talented, young designers that send in Computer Aided Designs twice a year in response to a design brief from the Amsterdam-based product development company Freedom Of Creation (FOC). The best designs are then produced through a 3D printing technique and commercialized by FOC. For the 2011 summer challenge, held in cooperation with Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove, designers were instructed to interpret Lovegrove’s vision of “organic essentialism” into a necklace design. The jury selected the Cobble Necklace by American designer Louis Filosa, a hollow, pebble-shaped, totem-like pendant available in red or gray. Says Lovegrove about the design of the Cobble Necklace: I find erosion a fantastic provider of form and it could be a metaphor for infinite form. What I also like about this work is the contained object which has an almost tribal quality and something more contemporary in the way it is worn…I like its strength and wearability almost as if emotions can crawl inside and live there… The second place winner was the Park necklace …