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Profiling | Vibe Harsløf

The interplay between form and function is epitomized in Denmark designer Vibe Harsløf‘s jewelry designs. Based in Copenhagen, Vibe is an accomplished goldsmith and has had more than ten years of experience in her field. She artfully combines the formalism expected in conventional jewelry and turns it on its head by combining it with various unexpected materials and props, from wooden corks to smoking pipes. This results in pieces that are an amalgamation of classical elements injected with playful modern influences, thus creating a unique and upbeat look that makes a Vibe Harsløf piece instantly distinguishable.

ActuallyMag catches up with the busy woman and chat with her about her experiences and plans for the future.

How do you normally start your day?

With a 9 kilometer long run in the sun—the best way to prepare for a busy day ahead.

A day in your life, what occurs?

I am usually in my workshop working, be it on a new collection, commissioned pieces or freelance jobs. Occasionally I have a meeting somewhere else—I share my studio with a clothing label called Wackerhaus, so a considerable portion of my time is spent exchanging ideas with Trine, who is the designer for the label. I have made showpieces for their shows during Copenhagen fashion week for the last four seasons.

Why did you choose to specialize in jewelry?

I actually do all kinds of accessories and I would love to do shoes—but jewelry is my favourite. I find it fascinating because they’re small but are able to stand out and make such strong statements. As a trained goldsmith, I am also intrigued by the craftsmanship that goes behind making jewelry.

The contrast in materials gives this ring a more playful spin.

Each Vibe Harsløf’s collection contrasts significantly; from the materials used to design and styling. What inspires your work?

It can be anything as long as I can envision it in my head—you know; a picture, a fragment of somebody’s conversation, things strewn on streets… Apart from that, I also like working with a theme for each collection and seeing how far I can push my imagination. For this season I used Yakuza and Japanese weapons.

Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder… are the pipes in your pieces functional?

Ha ha, the big ones are- they were a collaboration with an old Danish pipe manufacturer Stanwell. The small ones are for decoration only, smoking using them would probably be hazardous to your health.

I’m sure Magritte would approve.

Your ‘Classic’ collection seems to be quite fixated on hands (and fingers)…

I know, I keep going back to that theme- even in my recent collection a fingertip sneaked its way in- I think its because hands and fingers are so expressive and universal.

These necklaces manage to be eerie and cute at the same time.

What would you say is Vibe Harsløf’s distinct look that sets itself apart from other brands?

Hmm its kinda difficult to evaluate your own work but I think, typically it is playful and minimal at the same time.

What can we expect from Vibe Harsløf in the near future?

Cubes made of wood, Perspex and silver- cubes are a major dogma in my latest collection.

What would you say is the most important aspect of jewellery design?

It has to be wearable– otherwise it wouldn’t make sense.

Visit Vibe’s website at http://www.vibeharsloef.dk

– Yishu

View her collection in the gallery below:

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