identity

some thoughts

for mediterranean people that love and study ancienty, it is common knowledge that there is design 'continuity' across geography and time~   similar design patterns appear in pottery, sculpture and metalwork of greece, cyprus, asia minor, italy and even egypt and spain~   these patterns have also 'travelled' from ancient, hellenistic, roman and byzantine periods to modern times~   this is not unexpected and surprising given that mediterranean countries are interconnected with their history and religion~   we are all influenced by the same mythical and historical personas, we are familiar with similar states of mind, we experience life with similar feelings~   beauty, pride but also drama and contradiction are important elements of our dna~   bijoux bizarres collections approach mediterranean heritage by imagining key female roles~   helen of troy, ariadne, clytemnestra and empress theodora are only a few of them~   their imaginary jewellery, hair and clothe ornaments have been transformed appropriately in order to decorate modern divinas, princesses and heroines~   the bijoux bizarres team believe that there is a mythical entity in each woman~   this is what we try to highlight every time we design a new piece of jewellery for our customers and friends~​ 

the designer

for a number of years, panos released tension by 'chasing' jewellery designs in his own business meeting 'scribbles' of boredom, which he implemented later on using experimental techniques and materials~   he also attended numerous silversmith lessons and learned the ancient technique of repoussée on pitch from Mrs. Lila De Chaves at Benaki Museum’s jewellery workshops~   the 'bijoux bizarres' brand was perceived by him as a vehicle for collaborating with jewellery professionals who are passionate for the mediterranean heritage and have an interest in re-introducing it to modern jewellery lovers~   together with ‘A Jewel Made in Greece’, his jewellery collections are being presented at various venues, from Athens Technopolis and Art Athina, to the European Parliament in Brussels and the Museum of Art & Design in New York~​​