designjunction ✕ Industrial Jewellery

Industrial Jewellery is an original, modern jewellery brand created by designer Hila Rawet Karni. Inspired by industrial materials, the unique handmade collection features intriguing pieces of sophisticated jewellery to help you stand out with confidence. We caught up with Hila to discuss her inspiration, challenges within the industry and more.

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  • Why Industrial Jewellery?
    Industrial jewellery is an original, modern jewellery inspired by industrial materials. The unique handmade collection features intriguing pieces of sophisticated jewellery. We works with raw industrial materials that are not naturally associated with jewellery making, and transforms them into wearable works of art.
  • What does design mean to you?
    My grandfather worked as a carpenter but pursued his passion of wood working through the creation of modern geometrical jewellery that would still look fresh and contemporary today. He certainly stood out in the traditional reality of a small town in Israel, over 70 years ago. My Father is an industrial designer who designed from his home studio, and I spent the better half of my childhood there. I was raised to appreciate design, from early on I was surrounded by art and design, but also faced with unique examples of how it is possible to craft a life on my own terms and create outside of the box.
  • Where do you work the best?
    Our team works from an amazing studio in the back yard of my house, I am the calmest there and absolutely love that space.
  • What motivates you?
    I just love what I do, many people can’t say that and this is the only thing that matters, in my opinions, in life. I work hard and am also a mom so my time is preciously divided between work and home.
  • What does Industrial Jewellery bring to the design world that other brands don’t?
    Our original handcrafted designs are as sophisticated and unique as the women who wear them. Ropes, springs, rubber and other unusual materials are manipulated and transformed to the point where pieces require a second or third glance to truly recognize their origins. The result is a versatile collection of intriguing jewellery that serve as an expressive focal point or an understated highlight, to complement and elevate your individual style.
  • What is the biggest challenge facing the design industry?
    I think standing out by being genuine is key. The world is so saturated with products that the only way to survive past the trends and the years that go by, is to have a unique point of view and never loose it.
  • What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt so far in your career?
    Always setting the next goal and not sit still. If you are staying put, you are basically going back. Markets are constantly changing and a brand most evolve constantly to keep its relevancy.
  • What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in the industry?
    Surround yourself with people you trust that can offer advise in areas you aren’t as strong at. Finance, business plan, market research are all crucial and not commonly taught in design schools
  • What do you wish you’d designed?
    Well, one of my dreams were to design leather goods and this is something we are currently working on.
  • What’s your biggest weakness?
    Learning to delegate, as the business grows and so does my team. I am a bit of a perfectionist and a hard worker, but some work is better done by others.
  • Why designjunction?
    I have been visiting the London Design Festival since it first began and consider it an amazing event. The latest designjunction events have been the highlight of the festival and this is where one should be.

Quick fire questions

  • Traditional or contemporary?
  • Instagram or Twitter?
    Instagram. I am very much a visual person and not a person of words
  • Sketchbook or computer?
    Sketchbook and modelling
  • Form or function?
    Function. Form follows
  • Early bird or night owl?
    Early bird. My favourite time in the house and at the studio
  • Favourite design product?
    Our old Brionvega original radio that still works 😉
  • Best spot in London?
    Victoria and Albert Museum’s internal yard in summer
  • Best place to get away?
    Hampstead Heath
  • Best restaurant?
    Cây Tre
  • Best hotel?
    Hoxton hotel Shoreditch. Have never stayed there, but love the cafe and bar

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