A collaborative effort from the L.A.-based wife-and-husband-team of Flavia Lowenstein and Juan Azulay, Flowen’s earrings, pendant necklaces, clutch purses and rings are impossibly detailed, delicate-looking webs of metal that all at once seem half biological, half geological and all otherworldly, like prehistoric sponges or insects frozen for eternity in gold.
“I’m an accessories designer,” Lowenstein says. “But I really wanted to create something meaningful and different -- statement pieces. My mother worked in an art gallery so I’ve always been very much inspired by art and sculpture, and my husband is ex-[Southern California Institute of Architecture] faculty, trained as an architect and also a media artist, so we’re passionate about trying to push the envelope in different ways.”
The designs are reminiscent of something Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen or another avant-garde fashion designer might do; thin webs and loops of metal seem to grow around diamonds like metal fingers of coral, turn in on themselves to form intricate rings of double-walled latticework or sprout like a pair of primeval brass knuckles from the mouth of a leather clutch.