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Cabinet of Curiosities – Jewelry collection

Cabinet of Curiosities – Jewelry Collection: L’Officina del Sole and Bianca Beltramello present their new collection, result of a collaboration between craftsmanship and design.

Cabinet Of Curiosities is the result of a collaboration between fashion designer Bianca Beltramello and Lorenzo Para, skilful artisan of concept store L’Officina del Sole.

Starting from the common interest for everything antique, unusual, with a fascinating story waiting to be told, the collection is based on baroque and historical aesthetics. The starting inspirations for this mood are wunderkammers, rooms in which collectors preserve their personal selection of rarities and curiosities. These peculiar objects inspire the design of every jewel.

Lover’s Eyes, Georgian love tokens, are recalled in miniature frames, containing a small eye portrait. Antique sacred art objects, originally recovered from deconsecrated churches, appear in gold halos. The concept of specimen and fossils, preserved under glass bells, are depicted with nautiluses, seahorses and turritellas. Each of them is a special object, with its own story, worthy of being displayed in a wunderkammer.

Another factor that contributes at making the jewels unique is the realization process. Artisan Lorenzo Para handcrafted every single piece by using the ancient papier-mâché technique. High quality paper is preventively crushed, macerated and then kneaded with natural glues, creating an incoherent conglomerate. This mixture finds its coherence by being manipulated and compressed by the artisan’s fingers, who presses it against a negative mould. The compound is left to dry in a special ventilated oven, while the artisan is continuously intervening in order to avoid shape loss. The raw artifact, extremely lightweight, is then laminated with a galvanic method in 24k gold or palladium.

Each jewel is unique and special because of its artisanal nature. The same passion for uniqueness associates Bianca and Lorenzo in this collection, in which nothing is ordinary or impersonal, but rather expressive of a strong identity.

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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities collection portrays a dark dandy image in a contemporary, maximalist perspective.
The mission is to dress a self-aware man who doesn’t settle for stereotypes, but wants to amaze and be
amazed by a well-defined, bold style.
This view towards the future becomes clear through the lenses of fashion photographer Yvonne Vionnet.
The shooting was hosted by design showroom Boffetto Form to Furniture. Each outfit establishes a
dialogue with the shapes and innovative materials found in Boffetto’s collections, making use of their
collaboration with the most important architecture firms and contemporary design.

Photography: Yvonne Vionnet
Make up and hair: Sabrina Trentini
Models: Kieron Deiaco, Kristian Djuplasti, Simone D’Angelo, Luca Maurino, Alberto Diaco, Umberto Vacchelli

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Cabinet of Curiosities collection

Fashion designer Bianca Beltramello launches her Fall/Winter 2019-20 collection “Cabinet of Curiosities”,
inspired by wunderkammers, rooms where collectors preserve their personal selection of rarities and
curiosities. Similarly, a selection of artworks and special objects makes up fabric patterns and prints,
created by the designer.
Georgian Lover’s Eyes, exotic animal bones, ancient wood prosthetics, glass bells and specimens embellish
classical silhouettes, together with glass creations by American sculptor Andy Paiko.

The sublimation printing technique used for fabric gives patterns a photographic quality, obtaining vivid
and colorful images. The resulting printed fabric is soft and light, wash-resistant and comfortable.

A passion for uniqueness dictated the creation of statement clothing which doesn’t fit in defined categories. Nothing is trivial or impersonal,
but every outfit expresses a strong creative identity.
Starting from a baroque, historical taste, through digital manipulation and avant-garde silhouette study, the
Cabinet of Curiosities collection portrays a dark dandy image in a contemporary, maximalist perspective.
The mission is to dress a self-aware man who doesn’t settle for stereotypes, but wants to amaze and be
amazed by a well-defined, bold style.