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 the newly launched 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.
The power of astute observation continues with the KONZUK bloom collection. Influenced by the designer's natural surroundings, and love of unusual plant species, Karen Konzuk’s study of floral elements is skillfully refined into vibrant geometric minimalism. These delicately articulated works of jewelry are in-line with how Ellsworth Kelly’s drawings from empirical observations translated into monumental visual statements of geometric abstracted sculptures. KONZUK adds color back to her contemporary design repertoire as only the designer can, challenging the beholder with unexpected juxtapositions of considered hues. Each piece applies color within a range of beginning-to to fully open 'blossom' forms. Karen states, “When anticipating a flower to blossom I am captivated by the inherent beauty in the promise of what's to come." Certain pieces intensify this expectation by concealing bright colors inside stainless steel discs—think petals. Others, more open in their appearance, are fully saturated with pigment.