Balinese-born and Belgium-based fashion designer Heaven Tanudiredja has turned his creative genius from clothing to bold, structural, statement jewellery.
Tanudiredja launched his own jewellery label in 2007, having also worked for Dior Couture. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Antwerp with a degree in menswear and has been creating beautiful, decadent and masculine high-end beadworks ever since.
The Spring/Summer 11 collection has both men’s and women’s pieces, both equally eye catching and unique. While the collection has a mostly monochrome colour palette, there are still standout pieces which embrace bright jewel hues of deep green, blood reds and jet black to create visually stunning neck and arm adornments. Forget traditional ideas of delicate bracelets and necklaces- Tanudiredja’s designs are bold and adventurous, with bracelets which are full-arm affairs and necklaces which cover the chest almost completely. Crystals have been intricately placed, combined with masculine metal work and an intense attention to detail. What is instantly striking about the collection is the level of craftsmanship which has painstakingly gone into every piece.
Perhaps the focal piece of the collection is a pure white necklace in the shape of a large ‘x’, which is grand enough to be worn on its own. The necklace is covered in white spikes- more ethereal than aggressive- creating the illusion of tiny icicles. Elsewhere in the collection spikes make an appearance in jet black, giving a tougher edge to Tanudiredja’s designs.
The level of detail involved in this collection is akin to none. Tanudiredja has masterminded jewellery which acts as a statement of the individual, rather than an additional adornment.
– Jillian Warren