GINA LUBIN OF DU VERRE HARDWARE
Du Verre Hardware, one of Blog Tour Cologne's generous sponsors, is a brand that is known for its sculptural and artistic take on hardware. Each piece looks a one-off. It's handcrafted appearance is due to its sundry variation in dimension.
The Rio collection, a distinct interwoven pattern of randomn lines was designed by Gina Lubin, the company’s co-founder, CEO, and creative director. She shares her inspirational story.
Q & A with GINA LUBIN
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE RIO COLLECTION
Rio is my only collection for Du Verre so far although, in a sense, they are all mine. In the beginning, Du Verre Hardware was sand cast in India. We made all of our first collections there. Working in India was an incredible experience for which I am truly grateful. Everything there is made by hand and the creative imagination runs at full tilt. On one of my last trips, I began to play and sculpt in clay. I was inspired by all the craft and history around me.
Rio emerged and I liked it. It seemed mysterious and iconic at the same time. A little like Jain temples or Mayan ruins with their ancient symbols and architectural motifs. The intention was to keep its hand made look. It has been very well received. We now produce it in three finishes; Antique Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Satin Nickel.
TEMPLE OF UXMAL, MAYAN ARCHITECTURAL RUIN
While Rio is my first official collection for Du Verre, I am the invisible hand that assists in bringing all the designs to fruition. We invite designers and friends from the design and craft world to create hardware for us. People whose work we admire.
Their original ideas come to me in many forms. Sometimes the idea is in the conceptual stage, sometimes I get a full blown prototype that needs minimal translation. Collaboration is at the heart of this endeavor and we are fortunate in working with highly professional and talented design professionals. I have known most of my designers for many, many years.
Design muses are everywhere. Mine are in nature, in art and music
I LOVE WHAT I DO:
Leading Du Verre has been a dream job. Our business has been an excellent vehicle for exploration, learning and creative expression. My partner and I have been in business together for many years. We have designed together, traveled together and learned about the world. It is always interesting, always changing. Who could ask for more?
The dream collaboration is the one I have with my partner Gavin McLean.
THANK YOU, GINA!
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