Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe (1927-2004)
My name is Cari-Jane Hakes and I make and design jewellery here in my workshop on the west coast of France.
Many years ago I saw an image of Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe in a magazine. She wore a languid necklace that finished somewhere around her waist and a simply cut dress. The picture was so impactful and the words which accompanied it have stayed with me. Torun was a jewellery designer (some of her pieces are still sold through Georg Jensen today). The article outlined some of her design philosophies. She spoke of how jewellery should not just be for special occasions. It should not be banished to some dark inaccessible box. Rather, it should be worn often, everyday perhaps, so much so that the piece becomes almost part of your personality.
It struck me then how the long necklace transformed Torun's simple dress, it lent it detail, sophistication and elegance. It elevated the outfit into couture for me.
It was many years later that I began to learn the skills necessary to fabricate beautiful things out of this metal which, to me, resembles moonlight. When I design my aim is always to create pieces which have this power to transform in the same way that I saw Tourn's simple dress become couture.