Bea Bongiasca unveils her latest jewellery collection ‘Floricultural’, inspired by the secret language of flowers.
The designer - following her passion for Eastern cultures and aesthetics as already testified in her previous collections - now looks to Hanakotoba, the Japanese language of flowers where tiger lily means prosperity, the heliconia represents uniqueness and the honeysuckle stands for love ties.
Continuing in the pursuit of her passion for the East and its aesthetics, the designer has created a collection that functions as a bridge between cultures by generating curiosity towards some of the most common Asian characters. This collection aims to be a first step in wanting to learn more about foreign countries and a way of sharing their culture in a light-hearted and inspiring manner. In virtue of the simplicity of these characters, as well as their meanings and the profound history embedded in them, the collection transforms the art of calligraphy into elegant lines on the body.
Rice is Precious
Rice is Precious explores the symmetry of the rice grains, which are paired with marquise cut sapphires and tsavorites, evoking their form and resulting in a contemporary and feminine design.
It also uses stones and pearls to fashion original creations that play on the contrast between the white of the pearls and the deep blue of the lapis lazuli, and are covered in golden grains of rice.
No Rice, No Life
No Rice, No Life was Bea Bongiasca’s first jewellery collection, described as a melange between Eastern Asian heritage and symbols of Western consumer culture.
The collection explores what is considered a treasure in different cultures: two opposing visions of preciosity that meet and juxtapose together.
Rice, one of the most important resources in Eastern culture and a symbol of life. Pearls, historically synonymous of wealth and social status in Western countries.
In occasion of DesignMiami 2014, Antonella Villanova Gallery presented Bea Bongiasca’s Happy-go-Cola collection.
Cola in mandarin (pronounced Kělè) is synonym of “to permit happiness” and of escapism. It corresponds to what in Japanese can be referred to as Kawaii, which in English can be translated to cute and adorable. Its aesthetic, through its carefreeness essence and cheerfully animated characters, allows one to momentarily elude from the demands of a pressure-filled life.
It is through the latter that the Milanese designer depicts a generation’s desire to evade from the hardships of an unvarying and often difficult reality, of the pursuit of happiness though the light heartedness that is so strongly embedded within today’s youth.
BEA BONGIASCA X YOOX
In collaboration with Toilet Paper magazine
From the fresh creativity of young Milanese designer Bea Bongiasca and the irreverent irony of Toiletpaper and its creators Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, comes the new jewellery capsule collection, Endless? The ten piece collection, available in silver, gold plated or with colored enamel, is proudly Made in Italy and made by hand.