08 December 2009

A Reflection at Year's End...

2009 was a year of "firsts" for Linde Lim Designs, including receiving the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Vision Award as well as being published in the Swarovski Enlightened 2010 book, which is used by industry insiders to forecast jewelry trends.

This year of firsts has also tested the resilience of Linde Lim Designs. Like many studio jewelers and goldsmiths, I was forced to respond to this tough economic climate by tightening belts and reducing expenses though cost savings and reductions in equipment expansion budgets. Yet, the depth, quality and extent of handmade pieces produced was undiminished. These accomplishments, however, could not have happened without the generosity of patrons here in Chicago, New York, and Munich. Their continued support will keep the studios going and indeed, I look forward to the new design challenges next year brings.

On a slight personal aside, and as some of my customers at the One of a Kind Show in Chicago noticed, I was not present at the entire show due to unexpected early contractions from my twin pregnancy. My friend, Claude, was kind enough to step in and "man the booth" at the very last minute so I could focus on keeping the babies healthy. I also wanted to thank Dr. Mahmoud Ismail and his wonderful staff at the University of Chicago Labor & Delivery Department for taking such good care of me during my hospitalisation, and reassure them that I am currently trying to enjoy strict bed rest at our home!

In the interim, the studios will remain closed for the planned holiday season as all 2009 projects are complete, and will reopen 18 January 2010 for commissioned projects. Clients are always welcome to phone to discuss ideas and reserve a space in the queue.

Please find below a pair of pieridot, diamond and pink tourmaline earrings that was my final commissioned project for 2009 for a very special New York dancer...

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday and a splendid start to 2010!

20 August 2009

Rings & Bands Galore...

As I previously mentioned, it has been a busy time in the studio trying to get all of the engagement rings, bridal-related earrings, as well as commitment and anniversary bands complete before their deadlines this summer!

Without further ado, please find highlights of my most recent custom handmade creations...

27 June 2009

Summer Nuptial Season

The past three weeks have been full of activity in my studio here in Chicago as I create and work on numerous nuptial/commitment ring orders. Per my clients' permission, I will post a few pictures up of their rings later in August.

Given the unexpected turnout, from July until September, I will not be accepting any further custom or commissioned requests. Clients, however, are always welcome to set up an appointment to discuss future projects during this time.

Please enjoy the rest of your summers... and until very soon.

28 May 2009

Off to JCK in Las Vegas

This past month has been an unusually busy one in terms of travel (Munich, NYC, and now Las Vegas). I fear that with so much time spent packing, settling in, and unpacking, my creative juices have been slightly jostled; I am hopeful that being in the sun will provide for a quick rebound!

In a few hours, I will be boarding my flight to the city that arose from humble desert origins, Las Vegas, to attend the JCK Show & Conference. The show is synonymous with the intersection of luxury jewelry and design, and despite the gilded location for the venue (the Venetian), I will be focusing in on the two days of conferences that leaders within the industry will be chairing, as well as spending some time with my friend, Mani, whose company will be showcasing their newly expanded silver collection. I hope this unique experience will allow me to gain more informational insight on the luxury market as well as provide an opportunity to locate some uniquely faceted stones for my upcoming autumnal collection.

Whilst I am away, here are a few venues of interest for those of you in/visiting Chicago, Munich and New York:
  • The new, highly anticipated Modern Wing of Chicago's Art Institute is unveiled this month.
  • Brandhorst Museum in Munich opens! The state-funded museum contains the modern and contemporary art collection of Udo and Annette Brandhorst, which now comprises more than 700 artworks, including 60 paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Cy Twombly, a range of works by Warhol, and examples from Beuys, Polke, Baselitz, Richter, Malevich, Schwitters, Nauman, Hirst, and Basquiat, among others. The Brandhorsts also own 112 original editions of books illustrated by Picasso.
  • Sit, relax, and be inspired by nature at the New York Botanical Garden.

01 May 2009

Hello & guten tag!

Greetings from my werkstatt in Munich, Germany!

Blogging is a completely new experience for me and I hope you, the reader, will find the snippets and tidbits exemplary of how traditional values of fine craftsmanship – which may be defined as the marriage of expertise and pleasure in making things – fit within my larger scheme of jewelry design and craft.

I look forward to sharing ideas, inspirations, photographs, thoughts, and comments from my native home base in Chicago, my atelier in Munich, as well as from a lofty industrial work space I share with several other talented goldsmiths in New York City.