When people think of modern jewelry, they usually think of simple geometric shapes. That’s no accident. The cost of gold makes it nearly impossible to attempt any kind of Modernism beyond Minimalism. But "nearly impossible” is not impossible.
Enter Disrupt Modern, happily turning perceptions of modern jewelry its head. If you’ve longed to find jewelry that explores the worlds of The Bauhaus, Art Deco, Russian Constructivism and Industrial Modern, Disrupt Modern has the designs you’ve been waiting for.
How did Perrin Lam, the designer behind Disrupt Modern accomplish this? I don’t work in casting prohibitively expensive molten metals like gold; instead, I etch in stainless steel - electropolished stainless steel to be exact.
Working in a more affordable metal allows me to design Modernism on greater surface areas; in other words I have the literal room to stretch creatively and reach schools of Modernism too often relegated to paintings and sculpture alone. Afterwards I can then leave the metal in its lovely, silvery-looking electropolished state or plate it in 23k gold. Is it too disruptive a thought to point out that solid gold and plated gold look the same from the outside, but plated gold allows far more affordable pricing?
In a world of basic modern jewelry and the timeless bench processes used to create it, there is now another option - disruptive Modern earrings and necklaces available in a lighter weight, more sophisticated Modernism rarely attempted.
Designer Perrin Lam
Early on in my advertising career, I fell head-over-heels in love. Her name was Modernism, and I loved everything about her; her architecture, her paintings, sculpture and graphics, and especially her sense of fashion. Long story short, I told advertising I was going out for coffee and I never returned. I devoted myself to Modernism; I would design jewelry for her.
It took me more than a few years working in various materials and techniques before discovering just the right disruptive designs and processes I would settle on to take me beyond the Minimalism already out there. I am most fortunate to live and work here in the Bay Area, where I can oversee and impact every stage of my work from concept to finished piece.
None of this would be possible without Angie, who is my love, my support staff and our family’s cat mother keeping all the wrong kind of disruption out of my life. She is devoted to taking care of Girtha and Blue Lou when daddy is often away.
My main concern is design. Many designs are inspired from small sketch notes from my imagination or from patterns or parts of designs on historical ceramics, metal, and textile artifacts. The challenge is turning sketches into designs that work within the format of a wall piece.