I am so pleased to have located one of Torun Bülow-Hübe’s fantastic pieces of jewelry to add to Hopea’s collection. Her ingenious designs are simple but expertly crafted. Though not overtly feminine, her pieces are of a style that women want to wear, even half a century later. When you try on a piece, you can feel how it perfectly accounts for the curves of the human body. Information about her remarkable life and career is available in many places online but you have to feel her work in person to fully appreciate the level of her accomplishment. The piece that is currently available on Hopea is a neck ring that is accompanied by two interchangeable pendants. The modular style of the piece gives it great versatility.
New additions to Hopea’s collection, how I love these elegantly minimal 14K gold rings from Finland. All from about 1960 – 1970, they really capture the modernist movement towards simple forms and an emphasis on honesty of materials. Local stones were also preferred by designers who elevated them, incorporating them into modern work with gold.
2 / Gold and agate ring from 1957.
5 / Nils Westerback ring. Finland, 1964.
With 2013 done and gone, I am so looking forward to 2014! Lots of changes for me in the last few months. Myself, along with Hopea’s collection, have relocated to Vancouver Island. Calgary was such an unexpectedly great place to spend the last two years, but I’m also excited to be back where my roots are on the West coast.
The Christmas trunk shows at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary and Inform Interiors in Vancouver both went amazingly well. It was great to see returning faces of customers whom I’ve come to know through these shows as well as meeting other design-appreciating locals for the first time. There’s lots of advantages to having an online store, but I do miss that face-to-face element! I’m looking forward to next year already.
A few pictures from the shows:
A few Liisa Vitali and Georg Jensen pieces…
Kit Interior Objects, Calgary
My lovely little corner inside Inform Interiors in Vancouver.
Dutifully manning the booth…
Last month, Hopea and one of my favourite design blogs, April+ May organized a giveaway for Jorma Laine’s “Kala” ring. The winner was drawn from the comments and I’m just so pleased it went to such a great customer and supporter like Pippa (ouchflower).
I am still in the process of replenishing Hopea’s somewhat bare store (the trunk shows really were successful!), but I’m pleased to say that I have over 50 amazing new pieces of midcentury jewelry that are currently being documented and photographed. There was a great reception for elegant, minimal gold and stone rings over the holiday so I’ve done my best to track down some more of these designs.
Here’s a sneak peek of a few:
Nils Westerback 14k gold ring. Finland, 1960.
Rare enamelled Hannu Ikonen reindeer moss design. Finland, c. 1975. Currently available.
MP Christoffersen sterling silver ring. Denmark, c. 1960.
I’m very pleased to once again announce Hopea’s return to Inform Interiors in Vancouver, BC. Hopea’s holiday trunk shows are beginning to gather quite a following in Vancouver and I can’t wait to spend some time with my Vancouver customers – and to visit Inform’s beautiful Gastown location. The three day show will feature lots of new pieces, many of which are not yet available on Hopea’s website.
If you’re on the West Coast, be sure to pop in! I’ll be in the shop from Thursday, November 28 – 30. This is a great opportunity to explore stunning jewelry that is rarely seen in Canada. And pieces are priced affordably for holiday gift-giving
Thursday, November 28
Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30
10 – 6 pm at Inform Interiors – 50 Water Street, Vancouver, BC
Here’s a sneak peek at some beautiful new pieces soon to be added on Hopea.
1 / Kupittaan Kulta geometric pendant. Finland, 1968. Simple yet intricate.
2 / NE From Denmark modernist pendant. An unusual, modernist design by the renowned producer.
3 / Björn Weckström for Lapponia titled “Four Winds”. This stunning ring is currently available on the website.
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I was very honoured when “Canada’s fashion magazine” Flare contacted me a couple months ago to be the subject of their “She’s Got Flare” feature for this September. In the profile, I discuss what I love about my jewelry business Hopea, my own personal style, and my favourite haunts around Calgary, AB.
I’ll make sure to add a link when they post the interview on their website as well. Thanks, Flare!
I recently stumbled across the fantastic work of London-based printmaker Tessa Horrocks. The prints are a somewhat dark interpretation of otherwise mundane subjects, such as pebbles or flowers. I love the contrast between the sense of volume and detail with the overall pressing flatness of the pieces. Wonderful! I would love to hang one of her “Pebbles are Great” or “Ice Flowers” in my new apartment.