By Rachel Garrahan in New York
Monique Péan's new Koyo collection of fine jewellery expands upon the inspiration of the designer's trip to Japan last year.
Influenced by the minimalist aesthetic of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and the nation's natural landscape, she has created a harmonious fine jewellery collection that blends geometric and organic shapes with her love of unusual, sustainable materials in rich, yet muted, tones.
One necklace is a Zen-like construction of dendritic agate, striped agate, and rare indigo-blue flecked covellite - the variety and pattern balanced out by negative space, and simplicity of form and tone.
The varied aqua green shades of a bold necklace of rutile and striped agate bring to mind the sea surrounding Japan, as does the deep ocean blue of a sapphire and gold ring, whose ridged texture echoes the Norwegian architecture of Monique's earlier travels.
Creatures of the sea are also incorporated. Péan uses fossilised shark teeth for the first time, while fossilised walrus ivory is sculpted to form a cuff afforded with a dose of geometric glamour, and a strip of recycled yellow gold, diamond pavé and diamond baguettes.
Monique Péan jewellery is available worldwide at stores including Barneys New York, DSM London, Matches, Montaigne Market in Paris, Strasburgo in Japan, D'NA in Saudi Arabia, and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.
We cannot wait to see in which direction Monique Péan will go next.