Marcial Berro was born by the seaside in barren Patagonia. However, he found himself moving to New York during the early 70’s by an unexpected twist of fate. Starting off his career as an actor, it didn’t take him long before he discovered designing jewellery and decorative objects to be another way of expression.
His first creations consisted of rings, bracelets, and earrings; mostly constructed in gold with geometrical lines inpired by Meccano pieces. Andy Warhol – who was his first client – bought a pair of “The Sphere” earrings. Also, he received an advice from Salvador Dalí, who suggested him to search for the best goldsmith ateliers in Europe.
Berro has an extensively impressive track record of collaborating with big names in the fashion industry; having previously designed exclusive pieces for Chanel, Claude Montana, and Hermes amongst others. Some notable style icons that were fans of his work include stars such as Jeanne Moreau, Isabel Adjani, Princess Caroline and Catherine Deneuve.
Apart from his work in the fashion industry, he has had his hands in several other projects as well. Some of them include designing contemporary dinner sets and silverware for the Ancienne Manufacture Royale de Limoges, glassware for Baccarat, and hundreds of non-conventional furniture for private clients.
Back in Buenos Aires, Berro muses, “I came back to work with local talents. Right now I am completely in love with seeds: all kinds of seeds; from Amazonia, from Perú and Bolivia, from the desertic parts of Central Argentina. I’ll mix them with gold and silver. Also the incredible silver handcraft work of Argentinean artisans inspires me.”
Berro’s sense of style and unpretentious elegance guides him for his next collection. He shares, “I was never inspired by expensive things. Richness is synonymous of ugliness. My work fights against the ugliness. My purpose is to adorn, to embellish, the main function of my work: ornaments are indispensable; to live without them, would be like living without music.”
– Simona Martinez
Images credit: Gustavo di Mario
For more info on Marcial Berro, visit his site @ http://www.marcialberro.com.ar
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