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Sarah Müllertz is an architect and a former partner and global head of design at Henning Larsen Architects. In 2019, she left the architecture firm to focus full-time on KINRADEN, which she founded in 2014.
The KINRADEN brand is sold from her own showroom and from shops in Denmark and abroad.

November 2023

From HÅNDVÆRK bookazine no. 5
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Sarah Müllertz is an architect and a former partner and global head of design at Henning Larsen Architects. In 2019, she left the architecture firm to focus full-time on KINRADEN, which she founded in 2014. The KINRADEN brand is sold from her own showroom and from shops in Denmark and abroad.

I was trained in Scandinavian minimalism and prefer form over ornamentation,’ says Sarah and adds, ‘Just as architecture has to leave the users some latitude to make it a setting for their own life, jewellery has to allow the wearer’s personality to shine through.’ She points out that just as she was raised in a tradition where one does not use resources to construct a building unless it can stand for at least a hundred years, she similarly creates jewellery that is made to last and be passed down to new generations.

KINRADEN aims to offer beautiful jewellery in expressive forms for a demanding international audience to whom sustainability and style are two sides of the same coin.

Sarah Müllertz designs the jewellery in Copenhagen. It is produced in a women’s workshop in Bangkok from recycled gold and silver. The materials are used in their purest form because this makes it possible to recycle the metals, should the day come when no one wants to preserve the jewellery piece any longer.

KINRADENs ‘diamond’ is made of mpingo wood, also known as African blackwood. The wood is so hard that it can be cut with a diamond cutter, and in several of the pieces it appears in a classic diamond cut. The wood is surplus material from the production of woodwind instruments, and the plantation, which is located in East Africa, is sustainably grown and monitored and certified by WWF, the World Wildlife Foundation.

The photo shows an earring made of gold and mpingo wood. The earring was designed specifically to go with fashion designer Mark Kenly Domino Tan’s collection.

 

 

Sarah Müllertz er arkitekt og tidligere partner og global designchef hos Henning Larsen Architects. I 2019 forlod hun sin stilling der for at fokusere fuld tid på KINRADEN, som hun etablerede i 2014. KINRADEN sælges fra eget showroom og fra en række danske og internationale butikker.

“Jeg er skolet til skandinavisk minimalisme og foretrækker form frem for ornamentik”, fortæller Sarah og uddyber: “På samme måde, som arkitektur skal levne brugeren mulighed for at anvende den som baggrund for eget liv, skal smykket levne brugerens personlighed mulighed for at skinne igennem”, og hun pointerer, at på samme måde, som hun er opdraget i en tradition, hvor man ikke bruger ressourcer på at bygge et hus, som ikke kan holde i mindst hundrede år, så skaber hun smykker, som er beregnet til at holde og til at gå i arv.

KINRADEN er sat i verden for at lave smukke og formstærke smykker til et kræsent internationalt publikum, for hvem bæredygtighed og stil er to sider af samme mønt.

Smykkerne tegner Sarah Müllertz i København, de fremstilles på et kvindeværksted i Bangkok af genbrugsguld og -sølv, materialerne anvendes i sin reneste form, fordi metallerne på den måde kan recirkuleres, skulle den dag komme, hvor ingen længere ønsker at bevare smykket.

KINRADENs ‘diamant’ er af træ: mpingotræ, også kaldet afrikansk ibenholt. På grund af træets hårdhed kan det slibes med en diamantsliber, og for flere af smykkernes vedkommende indgår en klassisk diamantslibning. Træet er overskudstræ fra produktionen af træblæseinstrumenter, og plantagen, som ligger i Østafrika, dyrkes bæredygtigt og er overvåget og certificeret af WWF.

På billedet ses en ørering i guld og mpingo-træ. Øreringen er skabt til at klæde beklædningsformgiver Mark Kenly Domino Tans kollektion.

Makeup og hår: Malene Kirkegaard
Model: Tuyana Ililonga/Unique Models

  

Alle baggrunde i billedserien er gardintekstiler fra KJELLERUP VÆVERI, som ordreproducerer møbeltekstiler, metervarer til gardiner og indretningstekstiler i Kjellerup i Midtjylland. Væveriet har siden sin etablering i 1950 været forankret i den nordiske håndværks- og vævetradition.

KJELLERUP VÆVERI er mest kendt for sine møbeltekstiler, både klassiske ‘no-name’-kollektioner, kollektioner udviklet af Hanne Vedel og senest kollektioner udviklet af Lykke Kjær. Lykke Kjær har også været ankerperson for opdatering af væveriets gardinkollektion, som er bygget op omkring ensfarvede, enkle designs, nogle med andre uden struktur, i både meget lette og tungere kvaliteter.

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