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Day 3 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Day 2 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Day 1 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Interview: Ariane Ernst 3D Printed Jewelry Designer Designer from Dusseldorf, Germany

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Interview by Rebecca Acar

Brussels, Vienna, New York, Stockholm and last but not least Düsseldorf – Ariane Ernst not only travelled the world, but also collected her experience and expertise as a designer at all these places. This year in 2014, her eponymous labelccelebrates its first anniversary.

In our interview, Ariane tells us what she loves about design, which designers she likes the most and which time zone she is currently living in.

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CAN YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU FIRST REALIZED THAT YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

Quite early already – when I was about 13.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENT AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND.

After my school leaving examination, I did some internships at jewelry designers and goldsmiths in Germany and Belgium. After this  I was sure that I wanted to create jewelry. So, I moved from Brussels to Vienna to complete my apprenticeship as a goldsmith. Afterwards, I went to New York to work as  a goldsmith over there.

While in NYC, I enjoyed my time working in a design jewelry store in Soho  a lot. It felt really inspiring! I knew that I wanted to be more than a goldsmith and so I went back to Germany to study Applied Art and Design. With my Bachelor degree under my belt I then went to Stockholm, Sweden to work at H&M’s head office and to try my hand in costume jewelry.

After a short time I knew that I want to create and sell my own designs. I then returned to Düsseldorf, studied Applied Art and Design until the Master degree and finally founded my own label.

 

WHAT DO YOU SPECIFICALLY LOVE ABOUT DESIGN AND WHERE DO YOU FIND THE MOST CHALLENGES?

I love design because it simply makes life more beautiful in every way – not only when it comes to jewelry. Good design also improves your everyday life and makes it easier and more esthetical. The challenge for good design: It has to make sense at first sight.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION YOU PRESENT HERE ON RUNWAY PASSPORT?

I love minimalism and colors. There lies a concept in each of my pieces of jewelry. I don’t only create a shape because it is beautiful –  I deduce it. For this collection the inspiration mainly was the work of an already deceased artist named GEGO (Gertrud Goldschmidt).  Inspired by Gego, the collection was about the transparency of space depicted with grate structures created with bars and strings.

 

FOR WHOM DO YOU DESIGN YOUR PIECES?

Actually, for everyone. But in truth: For the new modern woman who is into fashion and who isn’t too keen on classical status symbols – which often is jewelry.

 

ON WHICH PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOUR PIECES OF JEWELRY?

Hm…  Maybe on fashion designer Phoebe Philo or fashion blogger Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller. Or maybe Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue USA.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM IN GENERAL?

Fashion, architecture, people, environment…

 

IS THERE A DESIGNER WHICH REALLY IMPRESSES YOU OR SOMEONE WHO YOU ADMIRE?

I like fashion by Céline, Phoebe Philo is the head of design here. I like Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan, Iris van Herpen or artists such as Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol.

 

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF JEWELRY YOU EVER DESIGNED?

This also was the first piece of jewelry I made by hand: A silver pendant shaped like a tiger’s head. Actually, it looked more like a hybrid from a puma and a bear.

 

IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PATH AS DESIGNER: HOW DID YOU DEVELOP?

It really is a long process until you find your own signature. I think, it is only been 1,5 years ago since I found my own vision  as a designer – and of course it is still maturing. Also in retrospect, lots of things I designed make sense again.

 

WHICH OF YOUR PIECES OF JEWELRY ARE YOU THE MOST PROUD OF?

My Brillant Ring Series

 

IS THERE ANYTHING A DESIGN MUST FULFILL FOR YOU? WHEN ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH A PIECE?

I am happy with a design when there is nothing missing and when the shape is perfected to the point that it can exist on its own.

 

ART AND DESIGN – TWO THINGS THAT BELONG TOGETHER OR THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF EACH OTHER?

Design belongs to art but art doesn’t belong to design. Art is the origin.

 

IS THERE A COUNTRY OR A CITY THAT FASCINATES YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE DESIGN SCENE?

There are lots of cities and countries which fascinate me, but it’s hard to decide based on the design scene. I’m inspired by Portugal or New York. But there are still lots of other cities and countries on my list which I want to visit.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MATERIAL?

Gold. But unfortunately it is too expensive to work with often.

 

AT WHICH TIME OF DAY YOU LIKE TO WORK THE MOST?

Starting at 12 pm and then until late at night. It has always has been like this for me including during my schooldays. 13 years it was a real torture to get up early day by day and stay attentive. I simply live in another time zone.

 

IN WHICH SITUATIONS YOU FEEL THE MOST CREATIVE?

Under pressure.

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Interview: Aisha Becker Designer for Fifi + Dachs from Cologne, Germany

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Aisha is a German accessories designer, based in Cologne, who loves turning used materials into something new. She finds inspiration in nature and adores exploring  design around the world  by pouring over blogs. After two years of studying Economic Design she founded her jewelry label Fifi & Dachs in 2011, and now – 3 years later – she is also handling an even bigger project: Her new born baby boy.

In our interview, Aisha tells us about the inspiration behind her newest Fifi & Dachs  collection “Rheinjuwel” and reveals which designer she admires the most. By the way, she has a great sense of humor – which can only be a good thing when it comes to design.

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CAN YOU TELL US WHEN YOU FIRST REALIZED THAT YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

It might sound really corny, but I fear, I always knew it. This infantile “I can do it all”-attitude as a relic of a wonderful self-sufficient childhood gives me the freedom to try anything I have in mind.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENT AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND?

I am currently a graphic assistant as well as an accessories designer and I studied Economical Design in Cologne for two years starting in 2009.

 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT DESIGN AND WHERE DO YOU SEE POSSIBLE CHALLENGES

I love putting my ideas into actual figures. I especially love playing with used materials and changing their original function. For me, the challenge in these cases is always to make my vision accessible to others so they can see what I see.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION “RHEINJUWEL” WHICH YOU ARE CURRENTLY SELLING ON RUNWAY PASSPORT?

This was the Rhine (a river in Germany flowing through Cologne). I love spending time there and taking out floating refuse to turn into my creations. Floating refuse holds this nice dichotomy: A warm and calming surface and the concentrated energy of the water below. That is where the image of the “diamond with the finishing of the Rhine” (“Rheinschliff”) came from.

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FOR WHOM DO YOU DESIGN YOUR PIECES?

For those who always have to touch everything.

 

ON WHICH PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOUR PIECES OF JEWELRY?
On a person who is a complete stranger to me.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM IN GENERAL?

Mostly, there is a little spark. Something I have to think about that bothers me or that I like. Then the thought-machine starts. On every corner inspirations are lurking. And I am particularly prone for colors and old handcrafting techniques.

 

IS THERE A DESIGNER THAT REALLY IMPRESSES YOU?

There, nature comes first. Nature did everything right. Furthermore, I am impressed by anyone who knows how to use the wonderful liberties of his life (creatively).

 

IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PATH AS DESIGNER: HOW DID YOU DEVELOP?
I lost my anger and I freed myself from the burden to be the one who saves the world with elaborate design. Instead of sending a reminder about the big evil, I prefer moving in my own little cosmos – creating solutions for manageable problems which are close to me.

 

WHICH OF YOUR PIECES OF JEWELRY ARE YOU THE MOST PROUD OF?

My little baby boy.

 

IS THERE ANYTHING A DESIGN MUST FULFILL FOR YOU? WHEN ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH A PIECE?
I have to feel it. After a while, there comes the time when my work starts to speak. At this point I can leave it to itself and others.

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ART AND DESIGN – TWO THAT BELONG TOGETHER OR THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF EACH OTHER?

They do have something going on. Although I should get reprimanded for this, I just don’t want to separate these two from each other. Or maybe I am just afraid to detach myself from the design term and to call the entire thing “arts and crafts”.

 

IS THERE A COUNTRY OR A CITY THAT FASCINATES YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE DESIGN SCENE?

I love digging through blogs and again and again I come across wonderful stores and great alternative design from Austin, Texas – uncomplicated, colorful, open and very close to nature. There is also something about Sweden. This reduced and lovely accentuated style fascinates me – and it is something that I’d also wish to have for my personal style as it allows you to take a deep breath and makes room for new things.

 

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE MATERIAL?

It must be wood, it just appears everywhere.

 

AT WHICH TIME OF DAY YOU LIKE TO WORK THE MOST?

By now it is actually in the morning. Ideally, the sun is shining into the room and a coffee is steaming.

 

IN WHICH SITUATIONS DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CREATIVE?

When the chipped wood is flying and my fingers are sticking to each other. And with it there is ideally the sun again and lots of time.
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Rebecca + Olivia Acar, Sister Duo Curator Team for German Cities: Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf

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The sisters Olivia and Rebecca live, work and laugh in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Olivia isn’t only a full-time student but also a full-time esthete. Learning about the human psychology and getting inspired by past and current philosophers during most of her week, she spends the rest of her time surrounded by fashion: As a shop assistant, she wraps her customers in Scandinavian garments. She loves to experiment with clothing and already used her styling skills to perfect the model’s look during photo productions. On the weekends the hunt for beauty and uniqueness takes place on another battlefield: The flea market. If you really want to take home something special, you definitely should join Olivia when shopping here. The next step on her mission: Finding interesting and exciting designers. Her partner in-crime: Her sister Rebecca. <br><br>

After eight years of work in fashion retail and studying communications, Rebecca now works as a PR professional where she helps lifestyle brands to appear on the customers’ radar. Getting to know brands and detecting what’s making them incomparable is part of her daily work. Part of her daily relaxation routine is taking her knitting needle or crochet hook and doing some handcrafting – There aren’t really enough winters to wear the amount of the self-made headbands piling up on her desk.
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