We met her at a reception in Paris last March during the fashion week. She was warm and humble, dressed in black, with a gorgeous bracelet on her wrist. London-based designer Maria Piana creates jewels and cares a lot about physical form. She uses industrial processes to create her handmade pieces, all made of metal. When we recently met her at her studio in London, what we wanted was to permeate into the core philosophy behind her label. After our conversation, we realized that there is definitely a very strong concept and philosophy behind the creations of Maria Piana. We hope that you will enjoy our conversation below as much as we did!
MM.: A collection full of rigid curves. Do you feel like intruding in the figure of the human body with your creations?
M.P.:The jewellery explores parts of the female outline with material moving along and from the body. It accentuates the figure and wearing it stimulates the weaker making them aware of its presence.
MM.: You use a lot of metal, wood and plexiglass in your designs. Do you want your jewels to play kind of a decorative role on the wearer?
M.P.: Is there any other role?