Celebrate the exceptional style of Thai jeweler Lotus Arts de Vivre, beloved the world over for its daring, nature-inspired pieces, with Unexpected Creations. Journey into a realm of finely wrought bracelets, necklaces, and rings whose magnificent details are inspired by Asian folklore and culture. Lotus’s artisans pay homage not only to the brand’s Thai heritage, but also to Indian moguls, Indonesian rulers, and Chinese emperors. Seamlessly melding precious metals and jewels with organic materials such as ebony, seeds, nuts, seashells, bamboo, scarab wings, and ostrich eggs, these pieces are one of a kind, bringing to life mythical beasts and ancient tales. Lotus also goes beyond jewelry, creating all aspects of an elegant lifestyle, including home decor, travel accessories, furniture, and paintings. The stunning original photography in this volume will whisk readers away to another time.
Rolf von Bueren founded Lotus Arts de Vivre along with his wife, Helen. Growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, in an artisan environment, an appreciation for skilled craftsmanship was instilled in him from an early age. In 1962, von Bueren moved to Thailand, where he instantly fell in love with the Thai people and their culture. He has traveled extensively around Asia, learning about traditional craftsmanship, filigree, embroidery, and raw materials. His work has been exhibited in several international art galleries and museums, including London, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong.
Victoria Gomelsky is an editor and writer in Los Angeles. Since 2010, she has served as editor in chief of JCK, a jewelry trade publication based in New York City. Prior to joining JCK, she was the editor of Couture International Jeweler and a senior editor at National Jeweler. Her freelance work has appeared in The International New York Times, WSJ magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Robb Report, and Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally, an anthology published by Seal Press.
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