Here with master jeweler and designer @dearnutre Nutre Arayavanish Chenyavanij of Nutre Jeweller, and Co-Founder of Au-Smith Studio & Workshop and tinhometoy.
Born and raised in Bangkok, Nutre loved art and drawing as a child and chose to pursue decorative arts as her only field of study. She went on to earn a BFA in Jewelry Design from Silapakorn University and an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art London.
Nutre’s interest in jewelry stems from her fixation with ‘objects of any kind, large or small, that have beauty and function’ and her ongoing fascination with ‘accessories that are decorative but have very little function’. A huge fan of British artist David Watkins who designed the medals for the 2012 London Olympics, Nutre applied and got accepted into the prestigious RCA where Watkins was head of department.
The MA programme required students to submit their work to as many competitions as possible and she did just that, winning the New Designer of the Year Award from the London Design Business Center as well as the coveted Jewellery Designer of the Year Award from the British Jewellers’ Association, both in 2007.
Perhaps what makes her work unique is her penchant for form and symmetry and her concept, material, and interpretation: ‘Jewelry is interactive so my interest is in creating a story between myself and the wearer and creating a bond between the wearer and the object’. [unabridged profile on my fb]
Our April/May 2019 is all about twinning. We published two reports: one on Ambiente, an important consumer goods exhibition, and the other on Bangkok Design Week. We spotlight the area of Tanjong Pagar twice. The first is in a feature on its waterfront, where the Future Cities Laboratory has come up with a few interesting possible scenarios as to how it can develop once the port moves out. The second is of the mixed-use development Tanjong Pagar Centre, which is now Singapore’s tallest project, designed by SOM.
On the cover is Spa Esprit, Wheelock Place, one of two pairs of projects by the Spa Esprit Group. These are designed by WY-TO, and have never been published before - we are happy to get the first dibs on them.
Look out too for a pair of projects from the Middle East. Atelier Brückner has designed the permanent exhibition Arabian Journeys in the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. We uncover some of the technologies they used to bring the stories to life. In Israel, Asaf Gottesman has completed the Postscript Residence. This project marks a return to designing a typology he was a leader of in the 1990s, but has not done since 2001.
The second home in this issue, Project #4 , is a type of twin too, albeit a fraternal one. Created by Studio Wills + Architects, it is a re-arrangement of the massing of Project #3 , itself another house in the same neighbourhood. We hope it intrigues you as much as it did us.