Studio Collect x arte antwerp
In 2017 arte antwerp, a premium menswear brand with a streetwear soul, and Studio Collect teamed up for the first time and designed a series of jewelry pieces. Inspiration to this first collection was the house of the late Spanish sculptor Xavier Corberó, a concrete labyrinth of rhythmic shapes and arches. The structure shows a contrast between a certain brightness and openness on one hand, and the use of heavy materials on the other. It’s the poetry emerging from this architectural construction that was translated in their work.
You’ll often find the U-shape and the contrast between massive forms and light compositions throughout this collection, which mainly consists of rings. Rather coarse designs referring to the rough composition of Corberó’s home, underline the unisex appearance of this range. Along with a few minimal creations, some remarkable statement pieces such as a brooch and one exceptional ring, embellished with an onyx stone, were included.
“The main ambition in this collaboration was for both brands to stay true to their own concepts, yet find a way to unify their taste in aesthetics in the form of well-balanced designs that appeal to both audiences.”
The two brands put on a united creative front again in 2019 and designed a second unisex jewelry collection. Álvaro Siza, one of the most important modernist architects of the past 50 years serves as a source of inspiration in their latest collaboration. Think of brutalist-infused jewelry that drew sculptural elements from Siza’s design heritage but with a subtle modern detailing.