Filigree jewelry is one of the oldest jewelry techniques in the history of world, an important legacy accrued from an alongside walk with several cultures. Nowadays the past matters, and the importance of tradition and know how that comes with it seems to be the main inspiration of the luxury brands of all the fields. Luxury means to enjoy the good old things in a modern way; Quality is a symbiosis of tradition and contemporary touch.
For that reason, it was expected that filigree would be in vogue again – now all the wishes materialize. Dolce & Gabbana takes filigree to create sunglasses, and Karin Jolly lingerie. Boca do Lobo creates an incredible mirror and wall sconces with insects made out filigree.
Today I would like to present Wiebke Meurer’s new collection of ornamental filigree tableware because the perfection of such ornamental objects – spoons, bowls, saucers, and tea cups – capted my attention. They are not usable for the original intended purposes once they get carved to produce filigree designs. Take a look and fall in love.
Some of her work, like the gold filigree pieces, are inspired by the court of Ludwig XVI of France and his Austrian wife Marie-Antoinette. The royal couple as we all know lived a life of abundance and lost their necks for it. In general, though, Wiebke’s work is inspired by eighteenth-century work of gold and silver.
Meurer cuts artistically into the gold and silver objects to produce these elaborate filigree designs. While the once-functional utensils are stripped of all utility, they are converted into delicate works of art, that are far more treasurable. Post their creative re-incarnation, the 18-century cutlery can at the maximum be used to serve solids like full fruits, as liquids and runny foods would slip right through its organic-looking design. In support of her deconstructive art, Meurer opines – “I explore traditional ways to design objects, not to stick to tradition but because I use tradition as my starting point for my creative strategies. I’m not concerned about the restoration of the broken object: I want to deconstruct it, to reach the heart of its integrity and reinvent it, both formally and functionally.”
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Her work is often exhibited in distinguished places ranging from Stedelijk Museum to Saatchi Gallery in London to Gustavsberg Konsthall, Sweden, to Art Genève, Switzerland and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. While you can catch a glimpse of this exclusive work on her website, the prices for these ornate beauties remain undisclosed as of now.
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