Silvia Furmanovich once took two planes, a car, and a canoe to meet an artist skilled in wood marquetry whose work intrigued her. “Whenever I am attracted to a new technique or form or craft, it becomes an obsession,” admits the designer, whose father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all goldsmiths. “I am led by the potential and possibilities I can envision in a material or technique, and I will do anything to reach the source and explore further to create something new.”
Her jewelry, handbags, and decorative accessories have been described as “unconventional” and “visionary” due to her use of uncommon materials, like the aforementioned marquetry; her penchant for unexpected pairings of metals, stones, and other natural elements—like oxidized copper with diamonds and fire opals; and her continual search for new creative partners, like the trek through India she took to find, and ultimately collaborate with, artists who specialize in miniature painting. “Innovation is how you keep yourself relevant,” she says. “Innovation has the power to surprise people.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.