From dazzling delectable delights to mesmerizing jewels of the Nile, Hemmerle knows no bounds when it comes to inspiration for its special jewelry collections. For its latest unique series, Hemmerle explores the diverse characteristics of aluminum in The [AL] Project.
Like modern day alchemists, Hemmerle’s highly skilled craftsmen have transformed this versatile everyday metal into 15 one-of-a-kind pairs of earrings and a brooch inspired by eclectic themes including nature, minimalism and geometry. Earth’s most precious materials – glistening gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires, aquamarines and garnets – are seamlessly set in this more common metal, which was once considered the most valuable and sought after material in the world.
“Aluminium’s natural strength and lightness in weight provided the perfect opportunity for us to experiment further with the metal and celebrate its past splendour,” explains Christian Hemmerle. “Its malleability enabled us to focus on innovation and create intricate works which are delicate in design yet highly durable, whilst remaining true to our dedication to craftsmanship.”
No stranger to experimenting with unconventional metals in its jewelry, Hemmerle boldly continues this tradition of creative exploration with aluminum. Pairing different colored metals with gemstones has become a signature of the firm’s design repertoire, a practice that often necessitates metal hue manipulation to achieve the perfect complimentary color. With The [AL] Project, Hemmerle’s jewelers have mastered a process of anodizing the aluminum, offering the German jewelry house a spectrum of color with which to brilliantly compliment the natural colors of the gemstones set within the featherweight designs.
Purple sapphires and diamonds dance at the center of a clematis flower brooch, its aluminum petals airily layered with purple nuance. Also inspired by the natural world, a pair of earrings take the form of ranunculus flowers with richly textured red petals that unfold to reveal a spiky center of diamonds.
“Informed by the aesthetic we have defined over several decades, the resulting creations are distinctly Hemmerle but imbued with an element of surprise,” says Christian Hemmerle.
In addition to the new series, Hemmerle will also be debuting a new exhibition stand at TEFAF this year. Designed in collaboration with the Dutch architect Tom Postma, the ambitious design combines urbane modernity with sophisticated engineering. Over 3,000 American walnut-wood rods, each individually crafted and connected to over 16,500 uniquely engineered aluminum rods, form 16 individual, multilayered screens that appear to float in the air. The conceptualized design took over a year to finalize.
“It was a process of constant trial and error,” explains Postma. “Everything about this design is new, and we had to learn along the way how it was going to materialise as we had envisioned. It required a level of dedication and patience echoed in Hemmerle’s design ethos and craftsmanship, always aimed at the highest level of creative output and quality.”
The highly intricate design of the stand is reflective of the attention to detail Hemmerle devotes to every piece of jewelry produced in its workshop, in both aesthetic and quality of craftsmanship. Innovation remains at the core of the firm, anchored by its distinct design philosophy, and the new stand keenly encapsulates these principles. Christian Hemmerle explains:
“We wanted to create a space with a lighter appearance, transparent yet with an inviting and warm atmosphere. Tom Postma and his team have exceeded all our expectations and the result is intriguing not only in terms of design, but also in the outstanding craftsmanship involved. With the use of wood and aluminium, the design fits the Hemmerle aesthetic perfectly.”
The [AL] Project will be previewed at TEFAF Maastricht, 11 – 20 March 2016. A limited edition book will be published to celebrate the pieces.
Hemmerle is also participating in Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York between 12 February – 21 August, 2016.