When I received the pictures of the collection Designed for Men by De Greef, I really liked the modern mix of black ceramic, white or pink gold, diamonds and nautical rope. And I wanted to meet Arnaud Wittmann, the talented designer of the house De Greef who captured our desires in this unisex collection (photos below). This collection’s alreay been a huge success just one month after its launch.
How did you conceive this collection Designed for Men by De Greef?
– I draw first and then I select the materials. I designed jewels for men in leather and gold ten years ago. But the leather ages and I was looking for a material that resists everything and comfortable to wear, as the matt black ceramic. Designing a unisex collection, it was a little tickle the codes of a tradition house like ours.
– We’ve also had a great demand from our customers looking for fine jewelry for men for many years. A bracelet to wear with something else.
What inspired you and inspires you in general?
– The contrast of materials. I like the strict side, very pure. I draw from what works, not with the trends. We feel things. It is important to reinvent the wheel for creating new jewelry. I like working around the stone already cut. And I use fairly simple combinations of colors.
Arnaud Wittmann gets up to find two yellow diamonds, one of them sparkles a lot:
– The architecture inspires me too, the combination of lines and shapes. The work of the architect Santiago Calatrava who realized the station of Liege.
Photo above (left): A ring in weirdium (metal invented by a company based in Liège, composed of silver, platinum and copper), mounted on pink gold.
Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés
Many thanks to Arnaud Wittmann and his team.