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Friday, August 29, 2008

Trash and Soul (Pablo Reinoso) / PennyDog (Kerry Wilkinson)

Let one man's trash become your treasure. Paris-based Pablo Reinoso (originally from Argentina) is the designer behind Trash and Soul, where everyday garbage is gold. The trashbags and lemon peels above will run you €580-€1,180 (~US$850-$1,700); view more styles on his site.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tanja Zessel / Barbara Schulte-Hengesbach / Michael Berger

A rare behind-the-scenes look at how rings get their nice shape: they do sit-ups.

And these ones are engaged in group calisthenics. It's tough work, looking good. Rings above by Germany's Tanja Zessel.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Angela Sauer / Keys and Memories

The first set of rings is industrial yet decorative, somewhat art deco with a floral nod to art nouveau. Meanwhile, the second set is all aged and eroded, like relics from an old sunken ship. It's almost like "The Titanic: Before and After," give or take a decade. So what do these rings have in common? Despite their wildly different styles, they're all by the same jeweller (and yoga instructor): Germany's Angela Sauer.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lucy Rowlands / Samantha Kramer

Want to eat poppy seeds with aplomb? Experience the joy of dentistry without the expensive visits? UK designer Lucy Rowlands makes it all possible with her "oral examination device" rings.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

2Roses / Christy Robinson

It started at a gas station. Now, it's moved to water. The violence over scarce resources is escalating and the birds are not about to go quietly. Pictured above: silver ring, with glass water and birds in bone and ebony, by California's 2Roses.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Hyeseung Shin / Jos Jonkergouw

"If there is no hole in a ring, can I wear it?" That's the question posed by Hyeseung Shin in this "hide a hole" ring, above. While you ponder the answer, here's more from the Korean jeweller:

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vina Rust / Himie (Shimokawa Hiromichi)

If an octopus, a mustache and a bubble machine walked into a bar, the punchline might look something like this. Of course, far from being a joke, these rings by Seattle's Vina Rust are seriously cool. Her "stamen" and "stained cell" series were inspired by botanical and cellular imagery.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Elza Pereira / Karolina Anna Matea / Angela Scirpo

Armed with enamel, Portugal's Elza Pereira is here to smack us in the face with colour. In a good way.

Above, Poland's Karolina Anna Matea launches her own enamel colour assault. I think earth is safe, however, as these "planets" and "constellation" rings seem to be focussed on outer space. Below are two of her non-enamel rings:

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Silver Kitsune / Dawn Vertrees

[I put up Monday's post a day late so if you missed it, skip down a bit!]

Leaves and flowers are such common motifs but the UK's Heather Fox of Silver Kitsune (kitsune being Japanese for "fox") puts a fresh spin on things with these designs, above. If you know her personally, please push her into tackling textile design, because I'd love some curtains printed with those graphic shapes.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Nikola Semotánová / Sherry Cordova

These plastic "Palmolive" rings are made from recycled bottles of something or other.

Above, more recycled bottle rings from Czech artist Nikola Semotánová. Seeing these once-disposable objects become objects of art, one comes to an important realization: Czech cleaning products are packaged in some very pretty colours.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

ESLA / Bryan Johnson

A couple of spine-tingling rings from the "exo" collection of Vancouver designers Elsa Smith and Lallen, aka ESLA.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ornella Iannuzzi / Anna Schmid / Christine J. Brandt

Nature, au naturel: this "in the forest" ring by London's Ornella Iannuzzi is composed of petrified wood, dry mushrooms, bark, moss and silver. I think Les Stroud is hiding in there somewhere, too.

Above, Switzerland's Anna Schmid shows us another wooden ring that embraces its roots. While I absolutely love the display for this piece, I'm really glad the concept was done with wood and not fur.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ma & Mé / Brigitte Adolph

Thanks to these rings, I can no longer look at someone in an empire-waist dress without her looking like a salt shaker to me. Mmm, salt.

The lace, silver, acrylic, nylon and fur pieces above are by Switzerland's Marisa Louvet and Mélanie Raetz, aka Ma & Mé.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monika Glöss / Susanne Vorsprecher / Silverbridge / Eles Designs

What does the Canadian Olympic team have in common with these rings? So far, they remain unadorned. Pictured are rings by Monika Glöss (top row) and Susanne Vorsprecher (middle), both of Germany, and Toronto's Silverbridge (bottom).

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Kirsten Plank / Bilingual

Hey, it's not like the Olympics own a trademark on colourful interlocking rings. Well... maybe that specific set of colourful interlocking rings. But not these ones by Germany's Kirsten Plank, above. Below are some more examples of her clever interlocking; the first row is an oxidized set of four pieces that form either a ball or a ring, while the second row is a band that's also a carrying case for some earrings!

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Jun Konishi / C2 Sportschmuck

The big five-ring event begins today — will you be watching? I don't think I'll be tuning in (gotta preserve my Olympic interest for the games here in 2010) but I was pretty impressed by the opening ceremony in Athens in 2004 so I may record the Beijing opening out of curiosity. In any event (literally), go, underdogs! Pictured above: "rings for winners" by Japan's Jun Konishi. Some more of his work below:

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Random bookmark pluckings...

It's that time again: random-pluckings-from-my-bookmarks o'clock.

Above: red plastic rings from Czech artist Pavel Herynek (left) and Chile's Francisca Duarte of Xperimenta.

Interesting settings from Finland's Stephan Maroschek (left) and Australia's Peta Kruger.

Hearts (blooming) by Belgium's Marie-Bénédicte de Schryver and hearts (nesting) by Switzerland's Susanne Holzinger.

Quirky fun by Belén Bajo (left) and Daniel Vior, both of Spain.

Teacups by Dutch studio XS-M-L (left) and Russia's Anna Raygorodskaya.

Crushed metal by New York's Ippolita (left) and Dorothée Rosen of Halifax.

Killer cats from Italy's Gianni Bulgari of Enigma (left) and Austin's Anne Kiel.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Janine Eisenhauer / Elisabetha Ielegems / Agete

Stones? Janine Eisenhauer don't need no stinkin' stones.

Even when she does use them, the results aren't exactly traditional:

The German designer has lots more on her site, so go check it out (and don't miss the one-pound necklace made from transparent file folders).

Above: Bel-gem's Iele-gems's gems. By which I mean, more unconventional gemstone rings from Belgium's Elisabetha Ielegems. Don't they look like stones being squeezed out of toothpaste tubes? I love it.

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