Spirals, twists and zigzags - Oh my! Posted on October 22, 2014
Spirals, twists and zigzags - Oh my! October 22 2014
A new collection from one of our favourite jewelry designers has just arrived and oh boy am I excited to tell the world about it!
First off, let me tell you how it all begins. In the words of Carl Sagan, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
Maybe we don't need to go that far back, but hk+np have a really interesting story. Hiroko Kobayashi (hk) and (+) Neil Prakash (np) met in 2005 while apprenticing in Vancouver at the office of Nick Milkovich Architects Inc. Hiroko graduated from the architectural program at Nihon University in Tokyo which she followed with an internship in the office of Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects. Neil is a registered architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a graduate of the architectural program at the University of Manitoba. The two fell in love and eventually, into business together.
hk+np, an architectural jewelry design studio, pulls inspiration from the same principles that influence their architecture.
"Architecture for us is about the dignified composition of material, light, space, and rhythm. Our jewelry is an attempt to express and explore these elements in silver. We strive to create pieces that are understated and timeless. We emphasize design integrity and exemplary hand crafted quality as integral aspects to our work."
Each piece is made from .925 sterling silver, and each series of jewelry they produce focuses on minimalist and classic forms. To top it off, the seem to breathe poetry into everything they do, as seen in this blog post about their Infinity series.
"As a happy coincidence, both of our mother’s were born on the same day. We designed the infinity pendant to mark the occasion this year. The idea for the infinity series arose while gazing over English Bay towards the horizon. For us, the horizon extends beyond the bounds of our imagination, as limitless as the night sky. At night, over these waters, the moon peaks out from behind the city to illuminate the bay. All of the phases on full display replacing the memories of the lunar calendar that hung on Hiroko’s wall when she was little. While the idea of infinity arrives through our imagination of places beyond the horizon, the lunar series unites the present with our reflections on remembered things."
We can't contain our fondness of this couple's work. They have an amazing attention to detail that begins with multiple models of each potential piece, before finally sending the final decision to a small metal-working business in Niigata, Japan. Niigata is known for their exceptional metal work and the craftsmen that create their jewelry are no exception. All of their jewelry is hand cast and finished to perfection.
We currently have select stock from their Infinity, Lunar, Q, Twist and Zig Zag series as well as their newest collection - Spiral. They offer three different finishes in certain pieces: Mirror (polished, high gloss), Matte (honed, non-reflective, micro-bead blast application), and scratch (satina, texturing technique consisting of a series of tiny parallel lines). These pieces are truly works of art and a timeless addition to anyone's jewelry collection.
hk+np jewelry from left to right:
Infinity pendant - $230
Twist pendant - $170
Twist bangle - $300-$330
Spiral pendant - $240
Spiral earrings - $280
Zig Zag earrings - $300
Twist earrings - $180
Q ring - $200
Lunar earrings - $280
If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries.
Bienvenue Mon Petit! October 09 2014
Bonjour, oui oui, baguette. That's the extent of my french language skills.
I'm kidding, I'm pretty sure I could at least ask where the bathroom is. Why are we speaking french you ask? Because Mon Petit Art just arrived! So get your children ready to say bonjour to this awesomely creative line of kid's activities.
Mon Petit Art introduces art to children through creative toys and imaginative activities. All of their products are manufactured within the European Union and take special care to make sure that their certified materials come from durably managed forests. I would say you can sleep at night purchasing these products but I'm sure your kids will be keeping you up anyways.
"Discover Paris, Tokyo, New York, Moscow, Barcelona and London in 3D and and in miniature, designed by Mon Petit Art artists. 3D Color City is an artistic experience for the grown-ups and a design object for the adults." (It's fun to colour these in too!)
"Here is a very original colouring set. Once coloured, the precut sheets will fit easily into the support’s slots to create wonderful scenes with a striking and magical 3D effect. All the sheets are interchangeable and the support can be coloured as well."
"An Origami kit with beautiful papers, printed on both sides. The folding with wonderful color harmonies and metallic or fluo effect, will allow to create amazing origami figures! Leaflet 16 pages inside with lots of models to be done."
"This colouring book comes with dozens of beautiful stickers, that are to be stuck on the wonderful drawings, wherever kids like or on the dedicated sites."
"A unique construction experience, that will inspire children and adults to criss-cross wood and to invent amazing geometrical structures and wonderful wefts." (Weft is a threading technique that I had to google)
"Kids will be inspired to create amazing architectural designs with these large-scale construction set. With friends, family or on their own, whether it’s a hut, a theater, a playhouse, or a cube. All the pieces are in rigid cardboard. The pack is a convenient cardboard suitcase, easy for putting away or carrying out."
We also had a really cool line of fabric wall stickers come in from Love Mae. They make a cute addition to any room and are easily removable for you vagabonds. Because of the range of sizes, you can use them anywhere from your laptop to the entire wall of your child's room (assuming your children trust your design choices, which they should if this is what you've decided to decorate with).
Assorted Mon Petit Art items - $12 - $122
Assorted Love Mae fabric stickers - $15 - $72
Paul Harman's The Air That I Breathe October 02 2014
Last week we had an opening for a photography exhibit by local artist Paul Harman. The Air That I Breathe collection is a response to the sudden loss of a loved one, and the resulting photographs evoke a combined feeling of longing and acceptance that come together beautifully. The selected pieces are vivid and quite stunning (your screen resolution does no justice). Find more of his work here, but be sure to stop by and have a look yourself - the exhibit will be up until November.
We had a great turnout, and we thank everyone who attended. Our events are always free and open to the public, we love sharing our interests with our customers!
framed Paul Harman print - $1200 each