Studio Elke exotic jewels embrace the liveliness of deco glamour, imbue the secrecy of a talisman, while their psychedelic resin irregularities hark back to days of free love. Loaded with spirit the new collection ‘The Dreaming’ in warm earthy tones of desert dust, eucalyptus, opalescent blues, and gold flakes are tantalisingly magnetic. Inspired by the rugged Australian terrain they promise adventure.
With names like ‘Zenith’, ‘Tempest’, ‘Disorientation’, ‘Ritual’, and ‘Levity’ they are conjured with a fiery lady in mind, a contemporary woman, powerfully independent, very much like their creator Elke Kramer. An inspiration to the Sydney design scene Elke Kramer is one of our true treasures, thank you and keep on dreaming.
Catbird founder, Rony Vardi delivers the same cool Brooklyn vibe that’s synonymous with one of our favourite jewellery designers.
Designed by Brooklyn-based Bangia Agostinho Architecture DPC, the handsome brownstone reveals a warm, collected and personal space that’s also a light and bright bustling family home. ‘We have an open layout to allow for maximum light and maximum lounging’ says Vardi.
The use of built-in storage is abundant and allows the family to function while still delivering a creative, layered space with accents of whimsy. A navy blue kitchen, exposed brick walls, white painted floorboards, a metal staircase, it has it all… yet it feels connected and considered. The use of art is central to the imprint of the house – some purchased (including portraits from vintage stores in the neighbourhood) and some made by family, friends, and the children. It’s these casual montages that make the house feel both personal and a little nonchalant. Even the Eames chair has a story – arriving from Rony’s husband’s childhood home.
The staircase delivers some light relief from all the warmth of art and object. Vardi chose metal to keep it light, while the railing was inspired by one seen at the Henri Cartier-Bresson gallery in Paris.
So it seems not only some Catbird jewels but a Brooklyn brownstone too, are on our wishlist.