Wednesday, February 17, 2010

POUL WARMIND

Denmark is a country peppered with stunning architecture.

Among these splendid structures are Danish castles or slots including the Kronborg Slot, which Shakespeare used as his setting for Hamlet. Denmark is also the home of featured jewelry designer Poul Warmind.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Warmind has built an impressive résumé including an apprenticeship with the "official jeweler to the Royal Danish Court," for which one of his 18-karat gold necklaces was presented to the Queen of Thailand.

His acclaimed work has been hailed as highly influential to the evolution of modern Danish jewelry. I found only a handful of pieces online; some in unembellished sterling silver and others with inlaid, matte enamel details. The pieces are clean, fluid, and sculptural with some items oxidized, rough-hewn, and even skeletal.

Overall, even within the designs' simplicity, there is a heartiness to the jewelry; a sense of the Old World evoking Viking folklore and legend. Due to this, the items possess a rugged, masculine energy that in turn has a bold sensuality.

During the late 70s, Warmind went into semi-retirement in order to pursue other interests. Recently, however, Warmind has returned to his career in goldsmithing, eager to show both new and "vintage" designs.

Warmind's jewelry has been sold and exhibited throughout the world including Africa, Denmark, Paris, and the United States of America.
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Photo 1 (top right): 1960s Rough Cast Pewter Brooch
Photo 2 (bottom left): 1960s Geometric Enamel Brooch
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