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Herve Van Der Straeten Vintage Gilt Kinetic Mobile Earrings

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Gold gilt over hammered brass clip on mobile earrings created by French jewelry and decorative arts designer Hervé Van Der Straeten, circa 1990s. Earrings measure 4.25" long by 2" wide and are signed Van Der Straeten on the backs. In very good vintage condition showing some wear conducive with age. Hervé Van Der Straeten studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where he began creating jewelry. He has designed collections for many couturiers, Thierry Mugler, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacroix , Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin to name a few. Each piece is cut out from brass sheeting with an electric saw, producing a primitive, rough outline. The surface is then hand hammered and gilded. His style of working can be compared to Matisse and his paper cut outs, working with metal instead. He very sadly has ceased jewelry manufacture, having moved more into furnishings and design, manufacturing the most fabulous large mirrors. He is the designer of the iconic ‘J’Adore’ by Dior perfume bottle.

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Herve Van Der Straeten

Remarkably sculptural but unexpectedly versatile, vintage Hervé Van der Straeten furniture and lighting is at home in all kinds of interiors. While the French designer’s chandeliers, tables and other works draw on everything from visual art forms in Japan to luxurious Art Deco–era furnishings to modernist icons such as Mies van der Rohe, Van der Straeten designs are unapologetically original and rather difficult to categorize.

Van der Straeten was born in Savigny-sur-Orge, France, in 1965. As a young man, he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He studied painting but began making jewelry, too. Van der Straeten’s inaugural accessories, constructed with brass and rubber, garnered immediate attention. In 1985, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler had included several of Van der Straeten's designs in a show, and before long, he was designing for names like Alexander McQueen and Christian Lacroix.

Despite the success of Hervé Van der Straeten jewelry, the visionary designer shifted his focus to interior decor. "For me, jewelry was more like a parenthetical," he told 1stDibs. "What I always wanted to do was to design furniture." So, in 1992, Van der Straeten launched a collection of dishes, sconces and candlesticks. He opened a showroom in the Marais district of Paris in 1999, followed by a workshop in the suburb of Bagnolet.

Today, Van der Straeten oversees approximately 30 artisans at his ateliers who help bring his furniture designs to life. His work is delightfully unconventional and will draw the focus in any space — there is a compelling emphasis on the use of industrial materials, such as anodized aluminum and steel rods, as well as an integration of traditional techniques such as marquetry in his sculptural mirrors, side tables and other pieces. Van der Straeten’s furniture — some of which can be found in the alluring apartment in Paris that the designer shares with his husband, former Roger Vivier artistic director Bruno Frisoni — is available in the United States through both Ralph Pucci and Maison Gerard.

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