Festive Gift Inspiration: Designer Homeware
As soon as Goossens and Harumi Klossowska de Rola started their creative collaboration, we instantly knew we were going to love their work. And as soon as we saw it, we knew we wanted to partner with them and bring a selection of pieces to our discerning customers. We are proud to announce that six decorative items from the collection will be available via our website.
Beloved jeweler of the French couture houses, Goossens is famous worldwide for having worked in the fifties with the iconic Coco Chanel, creating some astounding custom jewelry for her collections, and some incredibly elaborated precious objects. Now part of Chanel’s métiers d’art, Goossens is also a reference for gold and silver artistic objects, handcrafted by the best artisans in their famous Paris atelier.
Daughter of famous painter Balthus and Japanese artist Setsuko Ideta, Harumi Klossowska de Rola, grew up surrounded by art, literally. Since her early years, spent in Villa Medici in Rome, she always loved to express her artistic self. At the age of seven, she saw a collection of precious gems and was so enthralled by it that she decided she wanted to create jewelry. One of her first notable works is a stunning necklace commissioned by Boucheron to celebrate the brand’s 150thanniversary. Through the years, she has developed a very personal conceptual approach in her design, striving to create objects that can have a dual function, both a piece of jewelry and a sculpture, “something that you can wear, or you can exhibit on a shelf”.
The House of Goossens and Harumi Klossowsa de Rola have combined their unique talents to create an original capsule collection of six decorative objects and six matching jewels. The collection is a celebration of nature, a recurring element in all of Harumi’s work. Here she draws inspiration from the pomegranate – symbol of resurrection and fertility- , the fig leaf – generosity –, and the mistletoe – immortality and prosperity.
The pomegranate is transformed into an exquisite box with lids inlaid with a baroque garnet, or takes the shape of a decorative branch. The fig leaf motif is found in a small tray, and in a little aged bronze metal dish, enriched by the presence of a pavé set caterpillar made of diamond-cut stones. As for the mistletoe, its shape inspires a decorative branch and a candlestick, both made in antique gold metal complimented by baroque rock crystal beads.
When looking at this collection, we think of nature’s opulence and beauty, its poetic presence and power of transformation. We also admire the genius of creativity and the unsurpassed artisanship that made it possible. We are extremely proud to be able to share it exclusively with you.
This new collection is available exclusively online through our partners, who have written this text and supplied the imagery. To find out more about this work, please contact them via their Almost Essential page, which can be found here.