Marmol Radziner Jewelry

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Entry Description

A natural extension of the design/build architecture firm Marmol Radziner, Marmol Radziner jewelry transforms industrial remnants into personal, portable, architectural fragments. Craftsmen in our metal shop individually fabricate and finish each piece from commercial-grade bronze. In the same workshop where our firm's architectural models and full-scale building details are made, leftover strips of bronze are formed and crafted into rings and bracelets. Perforated holes within the bronze add depth and texture to the otherwise unadorned material. Designed to be as individual as those they adorn, the patinas of each piece evolve over time in response to the wearer. No two finishes will ever start or stay the same, with irregularities reflecting the handcrafting process, unique quality of the raw materials, and specific experience of each person who wears the jewelry. Over time, the patina of the darker finishes will lighten and the natural finish will develop a darker patina. The collection was initially inspired when Principal Ron Radziner could not find jewelry for himself that was neither too flamboyant nor too conservative. The resulting pieces are both elemental and elegantly balanced and are available in natural bronze, antique, and dark patina finishes, proportioned accordingly for men and women.

About Designer

Ron Radziner, FAIA, Design Principal of Marmol Radziner, established his Los Angeles-based firm with Leo Marmol in 1989, launching a unique design-build practice led by architects. Since its inception, the 75-person firm has grown to offer a range of design services including landscape design, interior design, furniture design, and prefabricated housing. The firm’s commitment to design excellence and to preserving architectural history has translated into an award-winning approach to its projects. Marmol Radziner was named the American Institute of Architects California 2004 Firm of the Year. In 2007, Radziner was elevated to the prestigious College of the Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Interior Design magazine inducted Radziner into their Hall of Fame in 2009. Radziner develops design solutions that create strong connections between indoor and outdoor spaces and provide unique architectural identities. His integration of a building’s design with the landscape produces results that have received national recognition, including American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor awards in 2008 and 2009 for the Altamira Residence in Palos Verdes, CA, and for the Vienna Way Residence in Venice, CA, respectively. Marmol Radziner’s commercial projects include a new Fitness Center for an entertainment studio in Burbank, CA, new offices for TBWA\Chiat\Day in San Francisco, a preK-12 campus for The Accelerated School of Los Angeles, TreePeople’s LEED Platinum certified Center for Community Forestry in Los Angeles, and boutiques for James Perse, Maxfield, and Vince. Recent residential projects include homes in Sun Valley, Idaho, Santa Fe, New Mexico, East Hampton, New York, Beverly Hills, California, and Malibu, California. Radziner has worked to restore many modern architectural icons in Southern California. In 1998, the firm completed restoration of the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, originally designed in 1946 by Richard Neutra. In 2000, the firm completed the restoration of two other Neutra houses, the Lew and the Brown House, and restored the Elliot House, originally designed by R.M. Schindler in 1930. They recently finished restoring two houses designed by Cliff May and architect John Lautner’s iconic Garcia house. In 2009, Ron launched Marmol Radziner Jewelry, a natural extension of his design/build architecture firm. The collection was initially inspired when Radziner could not find jewelry for himself that was neither too flamboyant nor too conservative. The resulting pieces are both elemental and elegantly balanced and are available in natural bronze, antique, and dark patina finishes, proportioned accordingly for men and women.