10.15.2010

oscar niemeyer for h.stern

The estate of legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, inventor of the "Brasilia" style of architecture, has recently partnered with jewelry company H. Stern to create a gorgeous line of fluid precious ornamentation. This recent partnership prompted me to look again into his prolific portfolio of work; I love his sculptural buildings, they read as sort of functional monuments and go far beyond just being "buildings." He really was one of the pioneers of modern architecture, and was one of the first to explore using raw concrete as a primary construction material.


This great Brazilian once said "It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman." Those "free and sensual curves" lend themselves perfectly to jewelry; it's a surprise that this partnership didn't take place sooner!

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