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.925 silver necklace with black resin inspired by feminine and organic shapes.
From the “Ánima” collection where the designer experimented with diverse materials and concepts that came from Mexican surrealism, micro-organisms, botanics, and old-school sci-fi with “La Planète Sauvage” from Renée Laloux’s vibes.
Rodete is a Mexican contemporary jewelry brand for those who connect with unique, timeless pieces that complement authentic styles, apart from chasing trends.
Rodete Studio is a creative space devoted to conceptualize and develop jewelry pieces. These are born through an innovative craft process of design, united with arts, science and technology that take into account current social phenomena, nature, and through the experimentation of diverse materials which make up the essence of every piece.
The body of work in this collection consists of pieces by Greek designers of the mainland and the diaspora, or international professionals who live and work in Greece. As a common theme we tackle the elusive notion of “Greekness” and how this transpires through the work of seemingly diverse and distinct individuals. In our attempt to define “Greekness”, we aim to raise questions about how this plays out in the work presented.
How do Greek designers view their identity? Is it through their effort to decipher their heavy heritage? Is form important in order to achieve a predisposed classic elegance, or is a philosophical disposition towards shape more poignant? Could it be simply a resourcefulness and DIY ethic to make up for the absence of design infrastructure?
How do Greek designers based abroad deal with their background? Could it be that they simply ignore it in order to finally free themselves? Is there a certain amount of innovation necessary in order to channel it into the new environment?
Finally, how do foreign designers see their work influenced by their Greek surroundings? Is it the reference through the use of noble materials such as marble or the abundance of natural light that makes their work unquestionably Greek? Or could it be something else they were seeking when they decided to move here, something abstract like humour or drama? Could their arrival finally mean a departure from Greek heritage’s self-reference?
The pieces that we present might seem ill-matched, but they share an important core element. They are confident in their narrative of a personal story of identity, that is either at peace or against the Greek archetype. Through this communication, they all describe a culturally mature and vibrant scene that is finally extroverted and coming of age.
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