Tuesday, January 25, 2011


The largest cluster of islands (archipelago) in the Baltic Sea is the Stockholm Archipelago located in Sweden. This cluster of over 25,000 islands is a seasonal destination for many tourists who love the hiking trails of Finnhamn, or the tepid waters of Nåttarö. Sweden is also home to featured design team David Andersson and Martin Lasson.

People often say that 'jewelry is emotional', and I believe this is true as emotions are often stirred by what one sees.

Andersson and Lasson’s brand David & Martin primarily feature burnished, geometric designs of 18-karat gold and sterling silver that are at once classic and bold yet evoke gloomy futuristic settings of which stern yet beautiful women accentuate their muted, monochromatic ensembles.

Andersson and Lasson were brought together in 2003 when they both attended Stockholm’s Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and were busy developing a collection of furniture (with jewelry accents of course) for their graduation project. It was their jewelry that garnered a flurry of attention producing collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Absolut Spirits, and Colette in Paris.

Within their seemingly button-downed aesthetic is an element of spontaneity like the stacked numbers motif of their Numbers Collection; the off-center points of connection of their Drift Collection; and the macabre, hoodoo suggestions of their Chicken Feet Collection that is actually inspired by “a beautiful girl I saw on a Shanghai subway munching on deep fried chicken feet,” says Andersson.

Based on what I have viewed on their website, with the exception of Tahitian black pearls, no gemstones are implemented in their cuff bracelets, lariat necklaces and gold rings. The duo instead plays with the texture and shape of the metals from which origami-like layers or chiseled facets emerge.

“In the late 90s, I was a goldsmith’s apprentice and I have used everything I learned from that time,” says Andersson. “Martin and I like primitive pieces with bone and wood.

We are influenced by Egyptian and Scandinavian aesthetics, contemporary electronic music, and old books. We try to mix these elements into jewelry pieces that are clean, graphic and feminine with a masculine edge. We hope our designs make women feel strong and confident.”
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Plated Brass Facet Cuff Bracelet
Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat Gold Plated Sterling Silver Black Pearl Chicken Feet Brooch
Photo 3 (bottom left): 18-Karat Gold Plated Sterling Silver Drop Earrings

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