Andreas Eberharter impressive new collection ‘lovelovelove’. His label, AND_i, popular with individualists of both genders, is increasingly grasping the attention of stars who recently adorned themselves with his creations and dazzled the popular press. This is not surprising with pieces that can be described as wearable sculptures or glamorous armor- expressive, authentic and provocative.
Indeed, love in its different forms – the pure, the betrayed and the burning – all inspired Eberharter’s new collection. The heart as a universally decodable sign was the defining element, whether innocently rounded, devilishly sharp or flaming hot. The production and material of the pieces varied, the 2D made predominantly from aluminium and the 3D details, such as the sculpted belt buckles and exaggerated studs, all hand moulded from brass. Leather was also used, as were Swarovski crystals and cubic ziconia – their perfect interplay heralding his signature, ultra-glamourous look.
Yet Eberharter is quick to remind us that all AND_i pieces are free from nickel and lead, the label’s fundamental values being the use of high quality materials and exceptional hand crafting.
As a professional goldsmith and sculptor with a strong affinity to painting, it is not surprising that Eberharter stands at the crossroads between fine art and jewelry design. Dexterously sculptural forms are a feature of many of his pieces and he works directly on the mannequin to develop the objects in relation to the body. The material and its feel are essential to his creative process and the culmination is bold and uncompromising design that is easily recognized – a unique aesthetic that fuses tribal and science fiction effortlessly.