JUTIQU EXHIBITION “BI” SYMMETRY

HAPPENINGText: Noriko Yamakoshi

The jewelry brand “JUTIQU” had its very own exhibition at object by gallery deux poisons in Tokyo, Japan; a gallery known for specializing in contemporary jewelry. This exhibition was held in collaboration with JUTIQU and Object By Gallery Deux Poissons.

JUTIQU exhibition “bi” symmetry

Since the gallery’s opening in 2003, it has showcased an array of artists in support of their philosophy of introducing contemporary jewelry that is not measured by the traditional value of materials, such as precious stones and metals, but providing new concepts and designs that expresses a sense of originality by incorporating modern materials, not to mention, a little wit, seldom found in the jewelry market.

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JUTIQU, a budding brand that was established in 2010 by creative director Tomoko Sato-Albaisa, conceptualized the brand’s identity of “jewelry boutique” and “everyday chic” which tends to the sense of everyday life.

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Leaving a career at a color design consulting firm, Tomoko Sato-Albaisa decided to study practical design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art in England, where she received her MA. She then returned to Japan where she worked as a color designer and a design strategist for Nissan Motor Corporation, but found herself going back to England; this time to receive training focusing primarily on jewelry, ceramics and glass. This natural progression had resulted in the realization and development of what JUTIQU is today.

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Sato-Albaisa’s use of simple materials, which consist primarily of acrylic, silver and pearls, result in a clean and contemporary design. By maximizing the use of unconventional materials, such as matted silver in her rings and bangles, or her clever incorporation of pearls, effectively expresses the concept of “everyday-life.” It is hard to resist picking one up and trying it on.

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Not only her signature products of rings, bangles and necklaces were showcased at the exhibition, but she also introduced the release of her new button cuffs and brand new series of mirrors inspired by the theme of “thawing ice”.

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Meticulously crafted out of either glass or ceramics, this series was created as a must-have item in her “lifestyle” line. Future plans for JUTIQU include simple and strong rings and necklace-bases countered by a line of delicate glass plates, aptly named “BLOSSOM”, which was also introduced at the exhibition.

On the evening of the opening ceremony, colleagues and designers, who diligently had worked alongside Tomoko Sato-Albaisa, gathered at the gallery to create a warm and homey atmosphere.

JUTIQU exhibition “bi” symmetry
Date: February 11th – 19th, 2012
Open: 12:00-20:00 (Closed on Monday)
Place: object by gallery deux poissons
Address: 1F, 2-3-6 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5795-1933
info@deuxpoissons.com
http://www.deuxpoissons.com

Text: Noriko Yamakoshi
Translation: Eiko Kondo, Noriko Yamakoshi
Photos: Noriko Yamakoshi

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