Meet the women behind the edgy line.
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Victoria Cho and Astrid Chastka, the former architects turned designers behind the Metalepsis Projects collaboration. Using their design backgrounds, the pair created a line of jewelry pieces inspired by art and architecture with a touch of edge. Perfect for anyone who is like me and appreciates fashion that speaks volumes in understated, minimal, and unique design.
1. How did you ladies get your start in jewelry design?
We were working together at an architecture firm, and we talked a lot about making small scale objects using our architectural model-building and design skills. Jewelry seemed like something fun to start making, and we had a lot of ideas about what we wanted to see that wasn’t available in the current market so we went for it.
2. Can you recall a pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to change your career and do this?
VC: for me, the pivotal moment was when i left NY. sounds ironic, but that’s when my life took a huge turn, i left architecture once and for all, to live in a giant concrete sprawl, and work in the fashion industry.
AC: I knew before leaving architecture that I wanted to do something with a faster pace and smaller size. For me, Metalepsis was in its way a miniature architecture where I wasn’t plagued by fire codes and years of construction. I was just waiting for the moment I could make the switch.
3. How did you two meet?
Did you know each other in the architecture world?
We met back in 2008, while we both worked at an architecture firm in soho.
4. As former architects, do you face any challenges in designing jewelry?
VC: so many! but i think most challenges are not from being former architects per se, the challenges come from the fact neither of us has the expertise or the knowledge of traditional jewelry making. so we’re constantly learning about the business and how to push our boundaries with the design ideas and construction.
AC: for me the biggest challenge is the same in architecture and jewelry. It is making sure that your designs get built or produced in a way that meets your quality standards, stays true to the heart of the design, and is also within the budget.
5. Which designers inspire you? Fashion and/or Jewelry.
Dries van noten, our good friend Becca Mccharen from Chromat, J. W Anderson. But most of our direct inspiration come from the world of architecture, art and science, such as Alexander Calder, Olafur Eliasson, Buckminster Fuller, Jorinde Voigt and Agnes Denes.
6. What was the main inspiration to the current line? (It's gorgeous, btw.)
Thank you! We took a lot of our inspiration from science- molecular compositions, frequencies of sound and planetary orbits. Some of the pieces - like the orbit cuff and the bridge- actually produce vibrations when they are bumped or strummed. When you wear the Orbit cuff and something hits the outer layers of the cuff, you can feel the vibration of those pieces in your wrist.
7. Which one–Los Angeles or New York?
VC: that’s a tough one. i think it’s impossible to compare one to another. Now i’ve spent some time in both cities, LA will never have the charisma and the ecstatic energy that NY has. LA is an acquired taste, and once you fall for it, it’s an amazing amalgam of cultures and urban/natural landscapes.
AC: New York. I love visiting LA but it is too relaxing for me to ever be able to live there. I love the intensity and focus of NYC.
8. Which celebrities would you love to have wear your pieces?
Tilda Swinton, Kim Gordon, Bjork, St. Vincent , FKA Twigs.
9. What's next for Metalepsis Projects?
We’re currently working around the clock on our next collection. It’s exciting how we (choose to ) face different set of challenges, but we hope it’s going to be amazing!
We’ve always wanted to design/make other objects besides jewelry, so hopefully we’ll see some of that coming out in 2016.