Note from a fan. By Marjan Unger
It takes courage for well-trained jewellery designers to do the simple
thing. By 'simple things' I mean something that everybody knows already,
even if they don't belong to the inner circles of contemporary jewellery
design: like a good, unpretentious wedding ring or a bead necklace. Within
that circle, life is very colourful and the lines of information are both
short and worldwide. Anybody who cares to inform themselves can find what
the others are doing via the net, or via the well known meeting points
like openings, symposia or other events. Sometimes you get the feeling
that the makers are reacting to each other's work and trying to impress
each other with frenzied ideas or the most intimate stories, rather than
thinking about the people outside this circle, whom might like to wear
their work as well.
You can make no mistake in designing such a simple thing as a bead necklace.
The result has to be spic and span in its choice of materials, shapes
and colour, but there must also be something that makes you feel that
it is fresh and lovable and that your life will be all the merrier when
you wear that necklace.
had that feeling with the PE/AH necklace with the blue glass bubbles,
and it turned out to be true. I have to admit, I am a sucker for beautiful
tinges of blue and for bead necklaces, so on the one hand I was an easy
target. On the other hand, I like to live in different circles, and I
like to travel to places where nobody has ever heard of the highlights
of contemporary jewellery design. Where they just look at you - and not
so much at what you wear - and listen to the way you respond to their
life and what they have to say.
I admire the courage of Samantha Font-Sala and Felix Lindner to take a
classic form as their starting point for their PE/AH collection, turn
it into striking and very wearable pieces of jewellery and to bridge the
overstated boundaries between fashion, accessories and contemporary jewellery.
There is no naïveté in what they are doing; they combine this
courage with the capacity of the well-trained jewellery designer and the
eye of an artist. The result has qualities that are hard to find in the
jewellery world that forms their stating point. You may call it elegance,
'savoir vivre', lovely to wear or whatever has to do with having a good
time without setting yourself too far apart from others. That is quite