We first met Sophie Buhai a year ago on IN/Out. We featured the fruits of her labour from an artist in residency at the Tuscan guesthouse Villa Lena, where the former fashion design began exploring her creative desire to produce sculptural adornments. This was the turning point for Buhai, an industrious, bright and infectiously inspiring creator. Now devoted full time to her jewellery line Buhai’s offering is complemented by a collection of object both crafted and curated.
Buhai’s jewels are not sparkly or flashy but honed and refined until one singular perfect shape is revealed. They are weighty honest objects with a Bauhausian simplicity. Solid silver neck cuffs and turned timber bracelets are oversized, elongating the limbs that wear them. Restrained and controlled forms, Buhai’s pieces have an organic nature to them – a simple egg, a skeletal silhouette – harping back to the days of timeless beauty. Reminiscent of a Helmut Newton photo they are striking and seductive, complex in their simplicity.
Credits: Sophie Buhai