KONZUK Concrete Collections
Through a studied use of clean lines and an unwavering commitment to a minimalist aesthetic, KONZUK has become the internationally renowned modern line of handcrafted jewelry for the contemporary design lover.
Heralded by Dwell Magazine as wearable architecture, KONZUK’s designs mirror the heroic restraint of modernist architectural practice while marrying balance with minimal form — each piece is artfully constructed from the meaningful use of industrial materials. Most recently, the designer’s move to the west coast has brought the majestic western sky into the forefront of the designs, incorporating motifs from astronomy, nocturnal views, and the timeless ritual of stargazing. The play of duality in the steel and concrete jewelry reflects the way in which the two astronomical bodies’ gravitational attraction creates an orbit. KONZUK’s Stellar and Continuum lines uniquely combine an architectonic approach with a renewed interest in the natural world, allowing the poetics of astronomy and the constellations of the night sky to emerge reflected in the seemingly deep wells of black concrete. Each hand-made jewelry piece elegantly symbolizes the undeniable force and pull (power) of attraction of one person to another, expressed in a classical yet contemporary design.
Continuum, and Continuum2, are an imaginative extension of this trajectory of celestial beauty in design and is in part inspired by the work of the Bauhaus. The concave dome-like pieces in this series are meant to evoke the magnetic power of black holes. Crafted from laser cut stainless steel discs, each dome shape is hammered by hand with the use of a dapping block. The amazing diamond dust infused black concrete pieces are set into stainless steel and evoke a velvety blackness interwoven with the illumination of stars, a jeweled net of infinite beauty…forming monumentally conceived yet wearable works of design.
In 2019 the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation invited Karen Konzuk to develop an official collection of jewelry based on Wright's prolific works.
The FLW Motif Series of stainless steel and concrete geometric forms interpret the algorithmic geometry and unembellished materials found in Wright's design and architectural projects. Particular influences were drawn from Wright's unpublished 1927, Liberty Magazine cover submissions.
Proceeds from this Frank Lloyd Wright licensed jewelry collection contribute to the Foundation’s preservation of Taliesin (Wisconsin) and Taliesin West (Arizona), which are open to the public as cultural landmarks and centers for art and education.