Ali Qapu Palace
Necklace and Earring
Ali Qapu, which means great gate, is a grand palace in Isfahan, Iran. It has fantastic architectural and decorative values to mention. Originally designed as a vast portal with 48 meters height and 6 floors, expanded on western side of Naghshe Jahan Square. It is another magnificent Safavid mansion that was built in 17th century.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The significant of choosing Ali Qapu palace for Wearable Architecture collection was its fantastic adornments and decorative features. It was the place where for the first time Nowruz, Iranian New Year celebrated by King Abbass. Stucco embellishment and artworks in music hall play not only the decoration role but also acoustic which is genius considering the time.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Simplicity as the most priority in design process made the object obviously easy and daily use. The exclusive design and uniqueness bring more pleasure and satisfaction. With such rich cultural background of object, the audience feels much more confidant and tries to acquire deeper realisation of his/her cultural achievements, current advantages and weaknesses at the same time. Emotionally point of view, these subjective challenges lead to a hidden bond between audience and article; it contributes vaster connection, which does not make sense by ordinary accessories or jewelries.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Project Started in July 2014 and finished in January 2017 in Tehran, Iran which is not exhibited before the A' design Award Competition.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
One of the difficult decisions was selecting only one motif or pattern for Wearable Architecture collection but finally the deep circular niches decoration on 6th floor was elected to respect the idea of embellishment and functional desire both together which is admirable for early 17th century.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Design with Matrix, Made by Gold, Weight about 5.5 Grams(Necklace) 4.00 Grams(Earring), Blue Turquoise(Nacre, Agate)
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As an architect and individual interest in jewellery design, I tried to design a jewellery collection, which called Wearable Architecture inspired by Persian architectural artworks; taking into consideration different social, cultural or environmental subjects was my aim; Although all the constructions from palaces to urban elements are masterpieces architecturally point of view but only few of them considered as designing inspiration due to their architectural values; mostly chose to emphasise on a specific subjects as mentioned earlier.
Through designing process of Wearable Architecture collection it was tried to make the pieces easy as much as possible not only to simplify delivering the main idea of design but also considering not complicated making process and keeping the industrial ability of production which make the collection definitely accessible to all who are interested in. Commitment and loyalty to the main artworks that were the inspiration resource of the collection was another challenging aspect of the design process while transformation of urban scale structure to a jewellery function and scale desired.
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Image #1,2,3: Photographer Hedieh Kavoosian, Ali Qapu Palace, 2017.
Image #1,2,3: Model Niloofar Kavoosian, Ali Qapu Palace, 2017.
Image #4,5: Photographer Barax Studio, Ali Qapu Palace, 2017.