He called it ‘Opposite Jewels’; jewellery that takes a stance against traditional jewellery-making. He is an idealist, creating jewellery in a quasi-alchemical mode, seeking to add something to reality through his micro and macro sculptures predominantly designed to adorn the hands. Antonello Malfa, designer and creative mind of this innovative artistic project, is a sculptor of resin, which yields to his touch before it cools, and is blended with gold dust to give life to a brand-new material that Malfa has dubbed ‘orite’. His quest for perfection is derived from nature: its organic forms and unique combinations of colour and hue.
«I feel as though I’m the engineer of my creations. Mine is the jewellery of a minstrel; teutonic but lightweight. I mainly create rings, which are always voluminous, and putting them on implies that you’re egocentric. The stones I choose are charged; I like malachite, lapis lazuli, adularia, obsidian, and splinters of tourmaline that finish off my jewellery’s imperfect outline».
Gold plays an important supporting act in the Opposite collection, whether in 18 or nine carats. It helps to create a world of rings that touches upon the metaphysical but for Antonello Malfa represents his own distinctive universe. Imperfection, desire, volume, sinuous lines and provocative style compose the ingredients that contribute to the decidedly non-conventional reality of the Opposite collection.
October 20th 2014
Text by Federica Frosini