hannu ikonen ring jorma laine silver necklace tapio wirkkala omena pendant

A few exciting new arrivals to start off the new year. Maybe the Chinese new year, more accurately? At any rate, voila!

1 / Enamel and bronze ring designed by Hannu Ikonen. The enamel detailing is a rare element in his designs. I think the deep blue of the enamel compliments the warm bronze so beautifully.

2 / Rare design by Jorma Laine for Kultateollisuus Ky of Finland. Such charming and unusual “iconography” from the ever-mysterious Laine.

3 / Tapio Wirkkala’s “Omena” (apple) pendant in its rare, largest size. When it arrived, I literally gasped at how beautiful it is. Wirkkala’s designs truly have to be felt to be appreciated. The delicate movement of the inner ring, the airy, hammered surface texture shine in person. The original chain is the perfect finishing touch.

gold bjorn weckstrom ring owe johannson bracelet gold hans hansen bracelet fall flower

The fall has descended rather rapidly this year on Vancouver Island. The cold rains are washing away my memories of the once uncomfortable heat of my attic room. A move away from salads and towards ratatouille. Settling into wool jackets and long sleeps. I’m into it!

Lots of new arrivals being added over at Hopea just in time for the holiday season to start. Be sure to check in!

1 / Rare “Kyoto” ring in 14k gold designed by Björn Weckström.

2 / Owe Johannson bracelet. Finland, c. 1970. (Available here.)

2 / Hans Hansen bracelet in 14k gold. Denmark, c. 1960.

 

business cardsHopea has been up and running for three years! I’m celebrating with some new business cards.

When thinking of the image I want for Hopea going forward, I like to think on Elis Kauppi’s collection for Finland’s Artek exhibition of 1958. In a groundbreaking move, pieces were displayed on simple linen and wood blocks instead of the traditional black velvet. The understated; the aesthetic assertion that natural equals refined is, to me, quintessentially Scandinavian.

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