Project: "Elemental"
Designer(s): Francois Hurtaud, Kuan Teo, Hong Kong
Category: Accessory, Professional
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Entry Description: MYKU is committed to creating intrinsic and timeless designs, carefully crafted from materials that will withstand the test of time. The Elemental Classic Series I focuses on minimal design using natural stones. Made in Swiss, this watch celebrates classic sophistication with a contemporary aesthetics. Both the cultural symbolism and the natural beauty of the selected and elusive stones inspired us. For centuries, the practical application of stone has included use in architecture, art and jewelry. The meaning that stones carry has also been extolled, precious pieces passed down through generations. Cutting stones in a way that reveals the inner, layered beauty requires high precision and meticulous skills. The layers take millions of years to form, and only artfully slicing through the top, tough layer reveals the true inherent beauty of a stone. Each cut results in a unique stone face. Our one-of-a-kind carry the weight and longevity of these stones.

About the Designer/Company
ABOUT KUAN TEO Founder & Managing Director, Kuan Teo has extensive professional experience in the Asia- Pacific region, coupled with an acute and innate entrepreneurial flair. Singaporean born and raised, after graduating in accountancy from Australia, Kuan has garnered in-depth financial, management and marketing skills, over the past 20 years, with mid-sized to multi-national corporations. As VP of Marketing for John Hardy, Kuan’s passion, drive and understanding for sustainable living, the exclusivity of customer desires, semi-precious stones and their symbolism, as well as the meticulous process of jewellery creation, were all finely tuned. The combination of these elements inspired MYKU, as Kuan aspired to create and innovate an affordable, yet unique and understatedly luxurious, product with respect for the environment, people and simplified aesthetics. ABOUT FRANÇOIS HURTAUD Partner & Designer, François Hurtaud is passionate about using conceptual thinking to realise tangible solutions to satisfy user needs. A French national, he graduated in Industrial Design from L’École de Design de Nantes, France, before moving to Shanghai University, China, to complete a Masters in Advanced Studies in Cross-Cultural Design. His professional experience took him to Hong Kong and Canada, where he acquired and honed diverse design skills, becoming Head Designer for several companies. He understands the power of social and sustainable design, cross-cultural and educational aspirations, and the precarious balance of function and form in luxury design and production. Francois has been the recipient of multiple, international design awards and accolades, such as Red-Dot, CES and Good Design, before choosing to collaborate with Kuan on the start-up of MYKU.