MAGAZINE February 19th, 2021

MIRIAM NORI Interview


An all-round passion for art, architecture and beauty is what lies behind the Miriam Nori brand that communicates artisanship, Italy and know how. It is precisely in the small things like jewelry that creativity flows.

What does fashion mean to you?

I have always tried to follow my own taste without paying too much heed to current trends. At the same time, I have always been fascinated by tradition while keeping an eye on the future. I love balance, harmonious shapes, colors and unusual combinations. I like to think that any look is the expression of one’s own character or personality. For me, being fashionable means defining your own personal style. I am always looking for original garments or accessories of an indisputable aesthetic standard. I seek beauty in everything and see being “different” as a conscious choice rather than simply for the sake of it. For me fashion means arousing astonishment and curiosity or receiving a smile of pleasure.

When and why did you establish your brand?

I set up my brand about 10 years ago by pure chance. There was nothing pre-planned or studied about it as, actually, I am an architect. I took my opportunity, or rather the opportunity took me! I had made a few pieces of silver jewelry almost for fun and people noticed that I had something to say and encouraged me to carry on. Consequently, I started to collaborate with designers and then founded my own brand.

Where does your creative inspiration come from?

Many people say they perceive an echo of ancient civilizations in my creations. In reality, I am not inspired by anything in particular but believe that whatever we do is the sum of multiple experiences and contaminations. The leitmotif of my work is the instinctive gesture, which is maybe why people see references to African, Maia or Etruscan art. Actually, anything can inspire me and it can be anywhere or at any time. That is why I always carry a small notebook to take down brief notes so that nothing can escape me before elaboration. By choice, I prefer not to plan but to let my hands do their work guided only by an idea.

How would you describe the collection you are presenting at the White Show Milan?

The new jewelry collection is explosive: full of color and contaminations of style and shape. From (not too) geometric lines it passes to more abstract designs with gaudy colors made up of semiprecious stones and various materials mixed together to create a cry of joy and beauty which I always try to express through my creations. In the PVC and metal collection, there is a clear reference to the colors and paintings of Kandinsky and Mirò. We all have a desire for color, openness and beauty.

Do you have any future projects?

My future project is to continue along the path that opened up a few years ago by extending my work into other fields; into art, for example. I would also like to create accessories and objects by merging artisan techniques with new technologies. I believe that my passion for nature, ancient techniques and art, together with my background as an architect, are a solid mix with which to face new working challenges.

 

 

 

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