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Designer Interview - Radek Szwed

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What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

In fact, my first encounter with art was quite early. I finished elementary school in class of contrabass, then I played in a punk rock band on bass and at the same time began making leather belts and spiked wristbands for myself and my band-mates. I noticed that creating something more ‘tangible’ excited me more than playing and I started to become interested in usage of metal in designing jewellery. First it was silver, over time I started to use stainless steel and for some time now I have also been working in gold, palladium and platinum. However, my daily work is always accompanied by music, so I think it is my biggest inspiration.


What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

Definitely the bracelets - the ones which are made of a few metal straps. Probably because for a very long time I toiled at and racked my head how to form silver or steel tapes in a way that they would permanently retain their shape. I focused on constructing a piece of equipment for ‘restraining’ them, which took me a lot of time, but at the end it paid off. Also for practical reasons: the lack of fastenings makes the bracelets remarkably easy to use. I know from experience that sometimes ladies can’t manage by themselves even a trivial clasp (laughter), so I try to make life easier for them - not only in this one, but also in other collections, by using for example magnetic clasps. Maybe the ‘ease of use’ is the key to the success of this collection? Because even though I made it a long time ago, it still is very popular among customers in different countries.


Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

Immodest to say that there already are a few of such people for whom I made jewellery. Among them, Aleksander Kwasniewski (former Polish President), Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias. However, I would love to make some crazy design for Erykah Badu, who for me is the epitome of beauty and who likes funky jewellery. For the same reasons, I would be extremely happy if I could do something, maybe something even more crazy, for Grace Jones, who remains an icon of the ethnic cyber fashion, with which I partially identify my jewellery.


Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?

I am also interested in industrial design, particularly in the field of lighting and furniture. At the moment this is my hobby, but I would like to seriously approach the subject and to cooperate with a company that has a modern machine park, which is essential in the implementation of my projects on a larger scale. I already have executed a few designs - several lamps (or LED lighting modules) and bar stools, complete with a fold-out bar, which I did for friends and in my house. Some people think that they are an enlarged form of the jewellery that I design.


What can we expect to see from you in the future?

As mentioned, in the future I would like to expand into industrial design. For now, however, I'm working on my engagement and wedding collections, which in small part, I have a pleasure to show in your gallery.

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