Grace Lee Atelier by Early Work Studio
Marvelling in the opening of a jewellery box is something to behold. It is an enchanting ritual, of embellishment, of formally dressing and accessorising, a daily moment to behold the delicate beauty of the things we hold most dear.
But perhaps it is the box itself, which holds true inspiration. With its compartments gracefully lined, its sliding trays and stacking platforms, the jewellery box as a receptacle, as a space, celebrates the beauty of both display and protection.
The recently launched atelier of LA-based jeweler Grace Lee by Early Work Studio (formally Brook&Lyn) reveals itself as a beautifully inviting and intimately cushioned home to behold the treasures one discovers within.
Playing both with the art and the artifact of placing objects in a volume of space Early Work have created four zones for Lee which unfold – from showroom, to lounge, to appointment desk to private office space. The large loft shell feels both vast and intimate, layered with curtains, furniture, custom joinery, art and accessories so beautifully complimenting the strength and delicacy of Lee’s jewellery pieces. One whole wall is dominated by a soft ombre weaving by Early Work co-director Mimi Jung, a tactile backdrop to two ivory upholstered black steel vintage chairs.
Lee’s jewellery finds its home within glass, timber and marble display cases, seemingly large-scale boxes within boxes, platforms over stacking trays. In Lee’s studio Early Work have so beautifully ritualised the concept of systematically discovering and revealing the delights of spaces and objects; large scale to small. At the Grace Lee Atelier, it is about the pause to savor the experience of revealing our most treasured possessions.