Amberif Design Award 2015

The Competition’s subject - “Mimesis”.
Aristoteles described it as „Mimesis“: the attempt to undisclose the very basics and forces which move us all.
Since more than 100 000 years men and women make and wear jewellery. Was the first piece a love gift, a reconfirmation for peace, a healing media, a group marker, a memorable, an object for rituals, a media for exchange, or a sign for the own individuality and enhancement of the own beauty?
Very early natural material like amber has been used. Its inspiring colour spectrum, its exclusivity and its shapeability stimulated makers to provide form and material to their ideas, desires and values.
They created non-perishable symbols to reveal their inner world. Deciphering the early amber jewellery today we are traced back to our historic roots and the provenance of our values. Taking an even closer look we recognise that human values have hardly changed within epochs: They are as elemental as the natural amber.

Barbara Schmidt
- Competition Curator


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