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About Michael Berger : Johannesburg-born Michael Berger loves transforming graceful hands into eye-catching stages. Appropriately, his hand-made collections feature kinetic jewellery pieces that move and spin on the wearer's hand. Berger views jewellery not solely as adornment or a means of communicating the wearer's affluence. "There is undoubtedly a certain playfulness involved if you design kinetic jewellery," explains the designer, who established his studio in Düsseldorf in 1999. Kinetics - defined in physics as the dynamics of bodies which are accelerated by forces - is the driving force which makes Berger's unusually shaped rings so fascinating. At first glance, his stainless steel or gold ring sculptures seem to be attractively heavy and clearly shaped pieces. It is when you put them on and start moving your hands horizontally in flowing movements that their full magic is revealed: the top elements, which nestle closely together, start to move and rotate. This finger-dance, initiated by the wearer, is made possible by the microscopic bearings that join the top and bottom section of each ring. Derived from jewellery, Berger now also creates larger kinetic objects and table pieces – stunning conversation pieces with completely hidden mechanism.
EDUCATION:
Training / Education:
1987 – 1990 apprenticeship as a goldsmith in Muenster / Germany.
1998 examination as master craftsman

EXPERIENCE:
Work Experience:
1990 – 1992 gained further experience in Koblenz and Düsseldorf
1992 – 1999 staff member and workshop supervisor - Professor Friedrich Becker, Duesseldorf
since July 1999 own studio in Düsseldorf-Oberkassel

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
„In der Mitte der Tafel“, Solingen 1997
„Kostbarkeiten aus Stahl“, Düsseldorf 1999
„Asymmetrie und Harmonie“ Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst, Frankfurt 2000
„funktionelle Gestaltung“, HWK Dortmund 2001
„Thema Stahl“, Kolloquium NRW – Solingen, Pforzheim, Chemnitz, Hanau 2004
„Wertzeichen“, Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau 2007
„new play in art“, Gardone Riviera (I) 2008
„effervescence III”, West Dean College (GB) 2008
„manu faktum“, Solingen 1999, Kevelaer 2001, Zons 2005, Duesseldorf 2007, Kevelaer 2009, Zons 2011
„Origin”, London (GB) 2008-2010
„Inhorgenta Europe”, München 2002-2010
„Desire“, Richmond/London 2010-2015
„Collect“,presented by Lesley Craze Gallery, London (GB) 2011/2012
„Eunique”, Karlsruhe 2009-2016
„JOYA”, Barcelona (ES) 2009-2012
„Ferrous”, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco /18Karat Gallery, Toronto 2013
„LOOT- mad about jewelry”, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC 2013
„IHM – Handwerk&Gestaltung”, München 2013-2016

AWARDS:
Jewellery prize North Rhine-Westphalia 2004
Bochum Design Prize 2005
Tahitian Pearl Trophy 2007/2008, category "Jewellery for men" – International Winner
State prize North Rhine-Westphalia for arts and crafts 2009
German Design Award Nominee 2013

PRESS APPEARANCES:
Minimal rings, Arch Gregory – Full Spectrum Publishing, 2004
„die vierte Dimension – Schmuck in Bewegung“, GZ - Goldschmiede Zeitung 01/05
JEWELRY DESIGN, daab-Verlag, Köln, August 2008

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
German, Native
English, Advanced
Spanish, Pre-Intermediate

WEB SITE:
http://www.atelier-berger.de/

PORTFOLIO URL:
http://www.atelier-berger.de/kollektion

REGISTRATION DATE:
2016-02-05 11:40:14

COUNTRY:
Germany

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Michael Berger


Rk 022-4brs Kinetic Ring

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category in 2015
Michael Berger for Atelier Michel Berger

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