For Fall 2011, John Hardy introduces a new braiding pattern where wide carved strands of silver appear to be woven with smaller delicate strips. The contrast between the broad, polished surfaces and the detailed weave of the braid provides an intricate play of textures. The new design is available in four gauges: small, medium, large, extra large. The ancient Balinese technique of wax-carving gives the weaving effect a sculptural form. The process of softening the silver until sufficiently malleable to be braided makes the creation of the Kepang collection a precious labor of love as it is much more time-consuming than the already involved classic chain. John Hardy theme of silver and diamond, a powerful element of the brand’s design history is being rejuvenated the signature motif with clean lines, high polish and new shapes that embody both volume and lightness.
For the Palu collection (Palu means hammer in Balinese), the shimmering water of the inspiration to the seascapes of billowing sails of yachts and island sailboats. The Palu, or battered, texture of the surfaces reflects light just as water mirrors the sun’s rays. The graduated texture of hand-hammered silver is softened and polished to reduce contrast and yield a softly consistent, elegant finish. The forms of this new evolution of the Palu motif seem to wrap the body in swaths of silver. Every Palu piece is painstakingly hammered by hand by John Hardy’s Balinese artisans, making each piece one-of-a-kind.
Other inspiration are the Bamboo series, BEDEG silver with Batu (stone) and diamond, Classic Chain Kepang (Braid) in silver, diamond and pearl, DOT DECO, Kali Pebble with Silver and Lava, NAGA (Dragon) series as well home the latest home decorative items.