His designs are classic, chic, and innately elegant. Giorgio Armani speaks out about the fine lines of furniture design
Giorgio Armani has been called a design colonialist. Known for marrying fashion with furniture to create a quintessentially stylish lifestyle brand, Armani’s empire of elegance spans some 250 stores worldwide. His name, in short, is synonymous with understated elegance.
Owner & Designer, de Grisogono
“Creativity,” asserts Fawaz Gruosi, “means to take risks, to go against trends.” He lives and works by that credo. As the owner, designer and galvanizing force behind de Grisogono, one of the world’s most innovative couture jewelry houses, Gruosi has, in just a short time, revolutionized the way we look at and think of gems. “My aim is to do something new in each piece,” he says.
Jeweler Harry Winston spent a lifetime devoted to creating fine jewelry. Today, his company carries on his artistic legacy.
The art of Harry Winston’s designs is part creative innovation and part legend.The son of a New York jeweler, Winston opened his first salon in 1932, offering watches, diamonds, and other jeweled designs. Legend has it that early in his career, Winston was enchanted with the look of a Christmas holly wreath on his door—or, more specifically, how each leaf (not wires) shaped the wreath into a three-dimensional design. What followed revolutionized the jewelry industry. With nature as his muse, Winston continued to use jewels to shape his creations, balancing light, flexible settings, and minimal use of met- als. His organic-looking pieces enhanced the fiery bril- liance of the gems used and allowed for greater versatility in jewelry design.
COO, Mikimoto America
There is more to pearls than meets the eye. They are the only gem produced by a living organism. The oldest and simplest gems, pearls are like haiku: they offer infinite creative possibilities within simple parameters.
Pearls have been the favorite adornment of queens and czarinas, movie stars and socialites, yet they are the least ostentatious of all jewels.