As I hunted for the Acne studio in Copenhagen (far too achingly hip to have anything as helpful as a door sign or number), I overshot and, as I peered intently at the next doorway, I realised I was looking into the windows of a jeweller.
And what a jeweller. Lene Vibe Dahlgren, who sells her work under the name Vibes, has just opened a new store in Copenhagen, from where she and her assistant produce delicate & imaginative pieces from the studio in the back of the shop.
The piece that originally caught my eye and had me ringing the doorbell for entry was their pair of baroque pearl earrings with tiny gold snails inching across the top.
The animal & insect motif continues into other pieces including this thoughtfully designed bracelet, made to fit organically around your wrist, and be worn slipped under your sleeves.
And there’s this lovely insect bracelet too:
As I discovered when I toured the Georg Jensen silver smithy, many of Denmark’s gold & silversmiths undertake the Georg Jensen four year apprenticeship programme and Dahlgren is no exception, having spent seven years there, before starting up her own line.
There’s a fabulous sense of humour in her pieces, and all of it stands close examination, with much of its complexity only becoming evident close up.
Copenhagen: Rohrmann & Vibe
Chr. IX Gade 5, 111 Copenhagen K. Tel: +45 33 23 20 10