Gem Kingdom Jewelry at Coda Museum

Gem Kingdom Jewelry at Coda Museum

This year, 2015, Dutch jewelry label Gem Kingdom celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. They do that with a retrospective exhibition at Museum Coda in The Netherlands. Gem Kingdom was founded in 1990 by designers Johanna Titselaar and Bernard Jongstra, their first “ad campaign” featured a poodle wearing a GK necklace. During the opening, (May 31, 2015) of the exhibition they revived this image by entering the museum lobby accompanied by two Standard Poodles. Fiona Hering, fashion editor of Vogue NL, opened the celebration with an entertaining speech. (see party snaps HERE)

Gem Kingdom created a wonderful exhibition, showcasing their jewelry in an art window of 3 meters high and 37 meters long, incorporating objects and images to show “The Gem Kingdom Atmosphere”. Walking from the left past this huge window, which starts with an image collage wall with Baby Statue “Josephine” as centerpiece, you pass by various chapters of Gem Kingdom Design. Like a.o. the first ever collection with a Giant Poodle, made entirely out of moss, created for this exhibit by Andreas Verheijen. The Wall ends at the “Hall of Fame” at the right, showing collaborations with artists, illustrators, photographers, brands (a.o. Céline), and more theatrical designs for musicals and movies. (click images above for more information)

We, at Mimi Berlin, collaborated with the Gem Kingdom as well in the past, our Boudoir Dreamhome/Traumhaus is incorporated in the exhibition, decorated with heart shaped jewelry and serving as backdrop for the Souvenir Baby Statue: “Home is where the Heart is”. We are honoured! (Open: May 31 /  October 25, 2015)

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Flowering Transition: Monster Flower

Flowering Transition: Monster Flower 2014 by artist Marcin Rusak. Longer vase life, better smell, less light blocking bacteria carrying leaves, more saturated colour, available year round for all occasions, cheaper, controlled stem sizes for easier harvesting, shipping requirement tolerant, packing efficient floral structures. This wish list, though sometimes contradictory, is a small part of all the demands we want from flowers. The decision making process, once controlled by nature, was taken over by numerous parties from the cut flower industry chain. Growers, retailers, regulators, and clients, with the help of technology, redesigned and engineered flowers for their own needs. This speculative project, looking further into the future of genetics and imagining where this path could lead, tries to incorporate all of the requirements that we have for flowers while questioning if this is really what we want them to be. Marcin Rusak worked  with Andreas Verheijen, Flower Engineer and Ignazio Genco, 3D Sculptor for the Flowering Transition: Monster Flower project



Engineered Hybrids

Engineered Hybrids designed by flower engineer Andreas Verheijen. Engineering is an ongoing project for Verheijen it’s initially about creating flowers and not about arranging them. Apart from being proposals towards new varieties, the engineering series should primarily be seen as a laboratory towards shape, color and texture in a broader sense than normally seen in the flower industry. (via andreasverheijen)

See more engineered hybrid flowers by Andreas Verheijen on this blog

Flowers by Mimi


Inspirational Shopping Pages: pineapples/tropical/sun/feel good

Eigen Huis & Interieur, Juli 2013.
Photography JW Kaldenbach/Styling a-MB-iance & Beja von Bis/Flowers: Andreas Verheijen Flower Engineer

Mimi Berlin Interior Shopping: Summer Beauty


Mimi Berlin Interior Shopping: Summer BeautyMimi Berlin Interior Shopping: Summer BeautyMimi Berlin Interior Shopping: Summer BeautyMimi Berlin Interior Shopping: Summer Beauty

Interior Shopping: Summer beauty. The Hybrid Flowers are designed by Andreas Verheijen and photographed by JW Kaldenbach. Shopping was done by a-MB-iance for a Mimi Berlin interior production. Published in Dutch Interior magazine EigenHuis&Interieur,  July 2010.