Georg Jensen teamed with Zaha Hadid on a jewelry line unveiled at this years Baselworld, the big Swiss watch and jewelry show, last week.
The eight piece capsule collection Hadid created that resembles an “interweaving mountain”, includes rings and cuff bangles designed in sterling silver. Some are made from silver-plated black rhodium set with black diamonds.
The collection was inspired by the Wangjing Soho building near Beijing, a 4.2-million square-foot retail and office complex of three curvilinear asymmetric buildings that appear to circle one another and change appearance with the light of the day and the angle they are viewed. The buildings have been described as appearing like “dancing Chinese fans” to “curved sails.” The architect has reportedly said the buildings were supposed to resemble koi swimming around each other in a pond.
“Our starting point was the Danish house’s design links to nature. There is an inherent integrity within the organic structural logic found in nature and we often look at the coherence of natural systems when we work to create environments. Our challenge was to translate that into something that can be worn; to reinterpret the rich history and tradition of Georg Jensen’s design approach into something new,” Zaha said.
For the showcase Hadid designed an installation used as a lounge in the Hall of Visions at the international show. “This installation is inspired by my jewelry collection with Georg Jensen,” Hadid said. “It is referenced by the coherence and beauty of natural systems, and informed by the fluidity of my own architectural language.”
Prices range from $500 to $25,000. The collection will be sold at Georg Jensen boutiques including the London flagship store on Mount Street, which opened last fall.