Zaha Hadid selects
Architectural Jeweller Ute Decker
for Showcase at Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014
Zaha Hadid guested curated a showcase of personal highlights at the 2014 Goldsmiths’ Fair in London. Zaha Hadid Selects featured 21 masterpieces from leading creators of contemporary jewellery and silver objects.
One of the highlights selected by Zaha Hadid was a pair of ear sculptures by architectural jeweller Ute Decker.
Enchanted by a stay in Japan, Decker was inspired to create the minimalist wearable sculptures in 18 ct Fairtrade Gold titled In Praise of Shadows (pictured) - an homage to Junichiro Tanizaki’s classic essay celebrating the aesthetics of shadows in Japanese architecture and craft.
Decker’s jewellery is a meditation on the richness of simplicity. She sculpts space, movement, and texture, creating an interplay of light and shadow. This essential purity is typical of her work in its minimalism and attention to detail.
Decker is a pioneer of the ethical jewellery movement, carefully choosing recycled metals and artisanal Fairtrade Gold for her one-off and limited edition pieces that can be best described as wearable sculptures.
Zaha Hadid Selects was unveiled at the opening of the Goldsmiths fair on September 22, 2014.
"... Ute Decker, a German political economist-turned-journalist-turned-jeweller whose designs also show the fair's change of pace. She makes avant-garde sculptural pieces ..." Economist - Intelligent Life
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"Ute Decker - Ute was one of the first jewellers in the world to launch a collection using Fairtrade Gold. Her architectural jewels are bold, minimalist and stylish. Turn to her for limited-edition, wearable sculptures that have the ethical stamp of approval"
Joanna Hardy - Telegraph Luxury