Spare Part

Spare Part

>> Don't laugh.  I've not even exchanged contracts yet on my soon to be new abode and I've got a comprehensive interiors moodboard folder on my Desktop, an Excel spreadsheet of costs and have started researching independent designers to work with on "custom shelving solutions" and "statement furniture".  Custom shelving solutions?!  Statement furniture???  I told you not to laugh but I myself am chuckling away nervously at my rabid enthusiasm.  Everything I'm looking at seems to involve some sort of geometric element be it in the print or shape.  

When came across Berlin-based conceptual jewellery designer Nhat-Vu Dang's work (thanks to a helpful tweet from the folks at Fash Gif), I was obnoxiously wondering how his pieces would look perched nonchalently on a beech wood designer coat rack tree.  His latest work, which is on display at the Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam is entitled "Activate!".  Dang enjoys creating little moments of humour in life that that means his jewellery brings up unexpected yet subtle surprises.  Hidden elements in his necklaces can be turned "on" or "off" as Dang plays with the contrast between a bright neon shade and the muted tone of white.  Same goes for his deceptive brooches which from one angle appears to be wholly white with a mysterious glow of colour being reflected from the reverse side of solid neon.  There's no grandiose statement and rather it's the little gestures and mini pleasures in life that Dang revels in.  




It's Dang's previous graduate project, having studied at Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, that perhaps gets the bigger laugh just by virtue of being physically more imposing.  Constructed out of gray bogstandard cardboard, bracelets, necklaces and brooches have pull out elements that scream with colour and in one particular case, multi-coloured confetti.  Have a gander at the mini videos, which show all the pieces in all their animated glory.  You can imagine the joy of a really good pop-up book or a very clever toy, when playing with these effective pieces.  It seems Dang is already well on his way to translating this original vision into something for the real world but I hope he retains that quiet sense of humour which permeates his work.  Oh, and if he wants to get into large scale furniture design, I could do with a pull-out, pop-up coffee table.   






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  1. Miss Coco

    2013-01-10 at 12:51 PM
  2. Charlotte

    2013-01-10 at 5:17 PM
  3. SBLLE

    2013-01-10 at 6:56 PM

    Given that my website is still unfinished, I didn’t think I would post a link to it. But I thought you might want to check out our bespoke dining table. It’s made by a good friend who is a pro at anything that needs building & creative too (and I mean anything – he’s working on set designs, making some furniture). Get in touch if you want his contact details.

  4. Molly

    2013-01-10 at 7:59 PM

    I have a blog where I rant about life and stuff (sometimes fashion)
    Please check it out 😉

  5. Molly

    2013-01-10 at 8:00 PM

    I have a blog where I rant about life and stuff (sometimes fashion)
    Please check it out 😉

  6. fuckhighclass

    2013-01-11 at 9:36 AM

    Oh my god those things looks sooo fun hahaa. 🙂 I was like: OHMYGOD when I saw the first video haha genius 🙂 Lovely post.

  7. Maxens M. Finch

    2013-01-11 at 4:21 PM

    This is just perfect! I like the hidden element concept and how it is really simple and doesn’t look like jewelry, yet is also somewhat futuristic!
    Count me as a fan! I hope I’ll be able to wear something of his once… must be incredibly expensive, though, but I love that. It must be so interesting and fun to work into an outfit! In other words, ezagsgdsgfdsq!!1!1¬ß1¬ßone!

  8. Maxens M. Finch

    2013-01-11 at 4:24 PM

    Also just imagine a skirt like that, with colored panels that pop up and down while walking?! (in my head: a black skirt with green panels, but could be anything, and I stop there because I’m getting so much almost unrelated ideas.)


    2013-01-12 at 2:39 PM

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

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