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You’d like to find out how the idea for EARLY ORBIT came about? Great. Let’s get to the nitty-gritty without further delay, then take a bit of a recreational detour to outer space and land right where it all makes sense again. Ready?
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To bring out the best in a material, all you need is: another contrasting one. Take the polyester cord that is used in jewellery collection EARLY ORBIT, it’s neon yellow or ice-white and shiny. On the other hand, you have those smooth wooden beads with their matte and natural allure. Their opposing qualities mutually reinforce each other which creates the intriguing effect that is unique to this style. A match made in heaven! Well, actually: in outer space.
The idea for model #1, with its eight strands of cord that each carry a single bead in one of two sizes, was inspired by our solar system. Particularly, by planets orbiting the sun. Here, however, it is the orbits that shine bright while the wooden stars are a reminder of mother planet earth. But since I’m not (always) completely out there, the necklaces of this style are finished with only a sleek magnetic clasp in silver that adds nothing but simplicity.
Well, partly, because I’m a little into those. Though, there is a detail beyond design secrets and inspiration that gave rise to it: EARLY ORBIT is MATTER Design’s launch collection, the first to see the light of day after some tinkering time. And in spacecraft operations, this is what they call the phase of a satellite first entering its orbit, when everyone is a bit nervous but very excited for the new mission.
Did you enjoy the design story of jewellery collection EARLY ORBIT? You can find selected items below, or check out the full collection here.
Text & Photos: (c) MATTER Design / Illustration: SYSTEMA PTOLEMAICUM — Behold a heliocentric wonderverse in a detail from The Atlas Coelestis, 1742, by Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr (1677-1750)