The ever-inspirational A Magazine curated by has just launched it’s 14th edition for Spring/Summer 2015 with the Roman jewellery designer Delfina Delettrez as the curator. It forms the first A Magazine curated by an Italian woman and the very first issue to explore the decorative realm of a jewellery designer, after the magazine’s longstanding relationship with prét-à-porter designers was first diverted in 2013 by the curation of British milliner Stephen Jones. Delettrez has chosen the abstract theme of ‘gold’, tipping an international array of artists, designers, photographers, stylists, architects, philosophers and other creative minds to interpret a myriad of aesthetic, alchemical and metaphysical representations of this precious metal and its intrinsic energy.
Contributors to this golden issue include: Almine Rech, Amanda Harlech, Daniel Sannwald, Francesco Vezzoli, Jerry Stafford, Silvia Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld, Katerina Jebb, Rafael de Cardenas, Patrick Kinmonth, Luca Guadagnino, Robbie Spencer, Matthew Stone, Katie Shillingford, Marc Quinn, Olafur Eliasson, Nico Vascellari, Jon Rafman – amongst others.
Delfina Delettrez Fendi is a designer and jeweller based in Rome. She founded her company, Delfina Delettrez, in 2007. Since the inception of her brand, she has developed a signature perspective using a wide material vocabulary, manifested in her original use of figurative surrealism and natural iconography including hands, eyes, bees, and lips. These adorn different parts of the anatomy, in a continuous game of echoes.
Delfina Delettrez‘s latest work explores a more conceptual sense of the surreal: instead of adding, she now subtracts, viewing precious stones as self- sufficient in themselves and creating ‘phantom settings’ which give the illusion of fine jewels floating around the body. The unique aesthetic of Delettrez’s work comes from the marriage of classical goldsmith techniques with innovative contemporary materials, progressing traditional Italian craftsmanship to create modern, futuristic jewels.
Her kinetic pieces – tourbillon bracelets and rings with spinning concentric layers of precious metal, or expandable hinged bracelets and rings named Detaille Unique – utilise the excellence of traditional Italian handicraft, mixing it with postmodern inspirations, the pieces a fusion of past and future. Delettrez’s designs are hyper-modern, but still hand-made in her Roman atelier. She has one store in Rome, located on via del Governo Vecchio.
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