jewelry is always a strong call at christmas, am i right? not only is it an easy gift to give but i think we all enjoy a little som’n, som’n this time of year. for me there is no better call than hervé van der straeten. hervé, if i can call him hervé, is an artist and designer probably better known for his metal works in furniture and lighting but is building a crazy good name in jewelry. he is said to be at the very forefront of the minimalist jewelry movement (think céline and the row) and his pieces, all in thin, 24-karat plated brass, are marked by clean lines that break with convention. take it from me, you can (and will) wear his pieces every where. my dear, sweet hubby gifted a couple pieces over the past year and i never have a morning that i don’t reach for them. don’t get me wrong – i don’t end up wearing them every single day. but chances are, if you have seen me in the past year, you have seen me wearing his jewelry – because they never feel wrong, no matter what i am wearing – the pieces go high as easily as they go low. you simply can’t go wrong here . . .
i first became familiar with hervé about a decade ago when i fell in love with his tourbillon chandelier in the london home of princess marie chantal of greece. i designed my entry hall around the chandelier and i am still waiting . . . one day . . . one day . . . and when i get that chandelier, i imagine that etta james’ at last will be playing in the background and the delivery guys will move in slow motion as they un-crate it . . . ( a girl’s gotta dream, right?).
hervé also designed the j’adore perfume bottle for dior a couple of years ago . . . see, everyone loves him.
hervé is married to acclaimed shoe designer, bruno frisoni, the creative director of roger vivier (and credited with that house’s revival). they have fantastic apartments in paris and morocco that you probably saw in vogue a couple of issues back.
hervé oversees a team of craftsmen who work only on his creations. this kind of centralization is uncommon these days; most designers scatter their designs around to a series of independent artisans.
“you have to have everything together like that, all the craftsmen under one roof, otherwise you will go crazy,” hervé has said. “you can’t control the quality unless you have your own workshop.”
i put the pricing squarely in the affordable luxury category – you won’t have any trouble putting these pieces on your christmas, birthday, or mother’s day list.
below, i have hooked you up with a couple of great pieces from the collection available at bergdorf’s and neiman’s, as well as some great pics of hervé’s furniture, lighting, and his homes with bruno frisoni. enjoy!
geometric cut-out cuff
ruban twisted hoop earrings
yucata collar necklace
charlize and the dior j’adore bottle (available here) designed by hervé . . . i think he captured the vibe . . .
where it all got started for me . . . this is maybe my favorite room, like, ever. and, for me, it’s the chandelier that pulls it all together . . . goregous.
below are several photos from the vogue editorial on their moroccan apartment . . .
their home in paris is equally as stunning . . .
below are two of the most iconic hervé van der straeten furniture pieces, the sideboard and the twig mirror. i am sure you have seen these pieces before now. they are hard to forget . . .