Today, My Design Agenda will explore the World of Arts & Métiers/ Crafts. We decided to talk a little about the Art of Filigree! It’s one of the oldest and most beautiful craftsmanship techniques in this industry is without a shadow of a doubt, the art of filigree, a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork.
There is a new generation of artisans and designers who are dedicated to creating beautiful pieces of jewelry that combine contemporary design with the ancient art of filigree, and today, we will let you know why this art is so important to keep alive in today’s design world. Imbued with history and beauty, the Art of Filigree was born during the Roman period and it was passed down through generations of skilled medieval jewelers, often emulating the work of the Byzantine goldsmiths of Constantinople, embellished crosses, reliquaries and the covers of Bibles.
Filigree is the most delicate technique that is used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age-old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like pattern. The fine wire elements are soldered together to create small and rich accessories, usually jewelry pieces such as rings and necklaces.
This art form is quite appreciated in India, Italy, and of course, Portugal, which is actually quite embedded in the history and culture of this majestic country and many luxury brands use it as a main resource, including contemporary furniture brand, Boca do Lobo, who through bold and unexpected twists, its able to create upscale design masterpieces. This art is used by many brands of the Covet Group like Boca do Lobo, for instance, in the Filigree Mirror.
Below, you can find a video from the esteemed first edition of the Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit, organized by Covet Group and Brhands Foundation. In this video, the main protagonist is Olga Bandeira, a master artisan in the art of filigree that explains how she came to work with the filigree, the importance that this beautiful art form has within the industry and why it is important not to let it be forgotten in our contemporary world. Take a look: