$850 for the double leaf; $580 for the single leaf
Ross Lovegrove masterfully employs cutting-edge technology to replicate the intricate forms found throughout nature. Like virgin leaves unfurling down your hand, the avant-garde British designer’s Foliate rings offer a stunning example of biomorphic jewelry. Derived from botanics, the digitally modeled, 3D-printed silver accessories mimic highly evolved leaf structures that capture rain and sunlight.
A generative, AI-driven design process serves as the foundation of Lovegrove’s work that graces the permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions like the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, and New York’s MoMA. His dynamic range is best witnessed in projects such as his exoskeleton-like perfume bottles for Formula 1 racing, the Robotica TM chair for Spanish brand Nagami, and his installations at Imm Cologne, where he partnered with Italian architect Arturo Tedeschi to fabricate depictions of geological formations made out of Alcantara material. For the Foliate rings, which come in single and double leaf variants, he investigated a variety of visual complexities and numerous patterns in a search for the most precious look and feel. “The rings underline my life’s commitment to sourcing the trinity that can exist so succinctly when technology, materials, and form converge into art," Lovegrove says. If his graceful, almost meditative rings are any indication: mission accomplished.
Instructions: Keep rings dry and away from water; avoid wearing in humid environments like swimming pools and hot springs. Store and keep the rings in their anti-tarnish bags. Polish the rings from time to time with a microfibre cloth.
By The Numbers:
2-3 weeks for a plant to grow its first leaves
3-5 hours to 3D print a full ring
4 months of 3D software modeling
15 prototypes to develop the final designs
1 size fits all