Marina Massone‘s jewellery have a certain touch of geometry and design that makes them small sculptures. Working with materials that she molds, folds and twist, each collection is designed from a structure aimed to be adapted to different body parts. “The movement, joints, transparencies, its real volume” are indispensable qualities in each piece.
With a background in industrial design, set design and photography, there is no wonder that Massone calls her pieces “Space Structures.” Her jewels are both delicate and bold, the result of incessant experimenting.
Marina Massone has a workshop in San Antonio de Areco, a charming town in the Pampas of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here she creates and shares her creations with the world. She was recently awarded the Miami Fashion Week for top jewellery designer, will present their collections in Berlin at Bread & Butter in August and will be on show in New York Nynow.
There’s something about her pieces that makes them very special. At one moment rustic and the next delicate. They’re very sculptural, each one of them tells a story. We asked her some questions to get to know her better:
What is that fascinates you about jewelry design?
Jewellery is an activity that can be approached from different points of interest. As an Industrial Designer I love to explore the possibilities of materials and techniques, pushing the limits of their resources, in the quest to extract all the energy and expressive quality of the material. Finding creative solutions yet with simple resources that add value to the piece. I like to create design pieces that are not valued by the material but by the way the material was used. Making jewellery and objects in any material that is able to transform to achieve an expressive quality. In this transformation and ability to express is where is my attention and my search is more concentrated.
You have lots of teaching experience. Is there any particular aspect of the design that you like to develop in your students?
Every week I teach in my studio and also organize intensive 3 days workshops. What interests me the most is to help students find and define their own style, that not only is with their personality but with their own experiences and interests. That they find what makes them unique and express it in an object / gem. I’d like to help them realise not only their feelings but to find the form that is also compatible and consistent with themselves.
Recently you have been awarded at the Miami Fashion Week, you’re at Bread & Butter and New York this summer. What is your vision of Argentine design in an international environment? Is there something that sets it apart?
I’d say Argentine design is highly creative, our lack of resources means that we develop different perspectives in all design related activities.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Jewellery is an activity that has many possibilities for action, from Design, Fashion and Art. Currently I’m focused on the external market, selling jewellery in stores in many contemporary art museums, art galleries…I was in several Fashion weeks, exhibitions… Personally I do what I like, and I always try to express my own interests in every collection, in addition to continue doing that in 5 years…I really hope I’ll be surprised by how far you can get with this activity.
You can buy her creations in her online store and Contemporary Design fairs like FASHION WEEK New York, FASHION WEEK Buenos Aires, Arte BA, PURE DESIGN, GRAFT DESIGN San Pablo, Parallel GIFT San Pablo, ROOMS Tokyo, and museum shops worldwide: MAD NY, NY MOMA, San Francisco MOMA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, San Pablo MAM, MUMEDI of Mexico, Reina Sofia Spain, Buenos Aires Malba.