Christoph Blatter’s work transcends cultural boundaries; his seven diverse jewelry collections (Vreneli, Cellula, Sine, Quadra, Ashanti and Unda) as well as his Art-Collection make myriad ethnic references. A goldsmith and jewelry designer, he has developed his own spatial vocabulary that distinguishes his work at first glance. His creations unite purity and antiquity, architecture and ethnology.

Vreneli is the name of the new jewelry range from Christoph Blatter. It is based on a floral pattern with radial symmetry that, when scaled up or down, can be arranged to create various pieces of jewelry. When put together, the resulting surfaces are reminiscent of fine bobbin lace, a craft that in centuries gone by was firmly anchored in Swiss tradition. Vreneli is a typical Swiss girl’s name that occurs in the term “Goldvreneli”, the only Swiss coin still minted in gold today. Blatter adopted the name in memory of his deceased mother.

With Cellula, Christoph Blatter complements his present collection by adding a completely new range. The lightness of the open-worked precious metal calls to mind an enlarged image of plant cells. Because of their transparency, the effect of the miniature sculptures unfolds completely when they are worn and the skin glows through the openings.

The Sine rings enfold the finger. A hole penetrating the solidified strips  enables one to wear these miniature sculptures: they are attractive not only the hand, but as objects in their own right. The regular arrangement of the folds lends each ring lightness, stability, and volume, in equal measure.

The solitaire rings in the Quadra collection are as minimal as possible — to allow the fire of the diamond to burn as brilliantly as possible. Every part of the shank and setting can be traced to its cross-section. Still, the various forms of each piece confer a sense of individuality to every ring.

In his Ashanti series, Christoph Blatter adapts the ancient Ghanese jewelry making tradition of the Ashanti king to contemporary life.  The ever-present spiral theme, symbol of life and time, is both an ornamental and technical necessity; it is shaped by the mold itself.  Each piece requires its own mold, which is lost during the casting process, making each piece a unique work of art.

Unda celebrates the wave. Like folds of fabric undulating in the wind, thin strips of precious metal take the shape of waves. In these dynamic pieces, the sense of form is not determined by the metal, but by the negative space in  between.  The designer rotates, strings together, and shifts the original geometrical forms, transforming the pieces into light, three-dimensional objects.

Text by Timm Delfs

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