Graduated from London’s Royal College of Arts, fine jewellery designer Sophie Bille Brahe has now started up her eponymous brand. Sophie offers pieces that reflect her thrill for storytelling and avant-garde design, always striving to crack modern luxury. Though the company is new, she has assembled a cult following for her elegant designs. Design that already earned her invitations for showcases and exhibitions around the world. The jewellery has been featured in top fashion magazines, and has adorned a clientele of inspiring women.
Sophie is inspired by the reflections in precious stones and gold, the main theme of which includes poetic elements, innovation, the unexplained and her admiration for her Scandinavian design heritage. Over the last few years, Sophie has created a number of showpieces for international designers. Beside her collection Sophie creates handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces sold solely to selected clients.
Sophie Bille Brahe redefines the undercurrent of strictness and control in her first collections with sensual shapes inspired by the pearl. A reaction in part to the severe geometry of past seasons, Sophie introduces asymmetric shapes evolved from new practices she has been developing in her studio. The Sophie Bille Brahe col- lection confidently and elegantly expresses her internal tension between sensuality, dreaminess and something stricter: “I try to be pure and clear,” the designer ex- plains. “But I can’t help myself, I’m a dreamer, I dream of the enormous ocean, the moon, the lavishness… and lately I have had this dream of the dolphins that swim in Bowie’s Heroes and Picasso’s erotic painting Le Rêve… so they’re in there as well.”
The Sophie Bille Brahe collection for Spring/Summer 2014 La Pyramide de Perles takes its cue from the celestial bodies above the pyramids in mythical Egypt.
“For this collection I have looked at the pyramids and the mythical correlation between the moon and the stars above them. I imagined the great beauty of Cleopatra’s universe. Especially the legend of how she crushed her pearl earrings dissolved them in wine and drank it to protect Egypt. The collection quickly became an exploration of juxtapositions of the Egypt Empire’s lavishness, my endless fascination of the sky, sand, sea mixed with Las Vegas lights, actress Elizabeth Taylor and TLC’s Waterfalls,” explains Sophie Bille Brahe.
However, as an overall take the collection is combining different themes creating a look that strives to be personal. This is expressed by pearls used as moons on triangular elipses. All pieces are produced in solid gold and the finest quality of precious stones. Another addition to the Sophie Bille Brahe universe is her personal interpretations of the twelve zodiac signs. She found her inspiration in Wu Tang, Marky Mark anno 1991, the expressive aesthetic of Gianni Versace and the phases of the moon just to name a few of the sources for her new collection of jewellery charms.
“After the metropolis and buildings in the debut collection, the Cassiopeia collection was inspired by the brilliant star constellation of Cassiopeia, observed by astronomer Tycho Brahe.”
“The inspiration for the Pavillion Étoile collection is a jaunt back in time to my great-great-great grandfather, the astronomer Tycho Brahe, to the island of Hven, where he built a beautiful observatory, Uranienborg, and the stars he discovered there.”
“The inspiration for the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection arises from Atlantis, the ancient island that sank into the ocean in a single day and night of misfortune. I imagined the city surrounded by waves and skies in organic and sculptural shapes. In this underwater world there is sea urchin shaped domes and walls covered with harlequins. No beginning and no end. No up and no down. Ocean in the sky and clouds in the sea in my secret Atlantis.”