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Discover Benelux | Dutch Design Special | ÉtoileMaastricht

As the shine wears off Transient yet eternal, ÉtoileMaastricht’s newest collection Vienna Woods has taken an all-embracing novel approach to aging by incorporating the process into their newest jewellery range. “Everything ages – even us,” begins Philippe Disse, the jewellery design mastermind of ÉtoileMaastricht’s husband and wife duo. “Items that we treasure, shoes that we wear on a daily basis, our favourite sofa – these all deteriorate, it’s unavoidable but we should embrace it,” he says with an emphatic nod. Unafraid of complexity, Disse’s partner Martijne van Vught, responsible for the Maastricht-based studio’s R&D, has worked unrelentingly to perfect the art of aging, fine-tuning the concept to meet their high standards. Gold, explains Disse, is naturally more expensive, but gold-plated silver has untold qualities that evolve to shape the ir-

refutable beauty of Vienna Woods. By stacking the delicate rings, each encrusted with a single colourful gem, the now chunky and very en trend rings boast a delicately textured surface. “Over time,” continues Disse excitedly, “the gold will wear away from certain areas but it’ll remain in the grooves, at the core of the ring.” The rings were intensively road-tested for three months before the grand unveiling in the middle of July. Now stocked in their exclusive store on Maastricht’s Stokstraat, the collection includes four types of rings, including the Vienna Woods Silver or gold plated twig-like Stacking Rings, the single band Sunrise with its vibrant gems and the subtle fragility of the silver or gold plated Marlin. Beguiling for many, Vienna Woods’s appeal lies in its heartfelt acceptance of aging. www.viennawoods.nl www.etoilemaastricht.com

TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PRESS PHOTOS

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Discover Benelux | Issue 9 | September 2014  

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