Introducing visionary accessories by a young student of architecture.
January 7th, 2010
Geometric pendants comprised of laser-cut boxes are the premise for one young designer’s innovative new accessories collection.
‘nikita’ is the eponymous brainchild of Nikita Notowidigdo – a recent graduate in Architecture from the University of Sydney.
Her inspired quirky geometric designs, low-hanging necklaces with chunky pendants, showcase her skills as a designer as well as materialising her enthusiasm for over-sized jewellery.
“It all started when I went to the first Finders Keepers Design Market in 2008. All the designs being sold and exhibited there were so inspiring I wanted to make something of my own.”
“The very first collection was inspired by basic shapes, everyday objects and childhood memories.”
‘i am nikita’’s pieces heavily feature hand-cut crayons, which add a playful touch to the box shapes which contain them.
“The process-making is simple, but it does take forever: first, I laser cut all the pieces for the box. Next, I hand-cut the colour pencils, and last, I hand-drill the holes and put the two together. Depending on which necklace they can take between 20 and 40 minutes to assemble.”
“The process from my initial sketches through to the final drawings is time consuming. I have to work out how the pieces can be connected together perfectly, how to efficiently produce them and then do a test before actually putting together the final product.”
But whilst precision is required for perfectly piecing the boxes together, the imperfections provide inspiration for a collection in themselves – ‘I am wrong’ – a range conceptualised from the pieces that ‘went wrong’ being joined together.
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