After several months of work with Montana designer Kristen Shearon of Havok Designs, our laser-cut wood jewelry inspired by midcentury lighting is complete! I’m beaming (get it?) over this latest artist collaboration! We call the collection Paradise Heights, named after an imaginary neighborhood of modern homes.
Why Paradise Heights? Kristen got a vision of that name on a welcome sign as we were e-mailing back and forth about the sort of ranch-lined streets where atomic chandeliers can be glimpsed through the picture windows. She laser-etched that sign onto the custom mounting cards, a wonderful detail I wouldn’t have imagined!
In our fictional Paradise Heights, celebrities, TV characters, and regular folks alike sleep on platform beds under butterfly roofs. On any given Saturday, you might see them grilling in their outdoor kitchens or polishing their chrome mailboxes. Some notable residents are Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, Major Nelson and Jeannie, the Sinatra family, and your own Aunt Bea — we named the jewelry after them!
Before this collection was even a thought, I bought a large set of Scandinavian dollhouse furniture at Broad Street Antiques in Atlanta. I had no idea what I would do with it — I very rarely buy without a solid purpose — but something tugged at me to throw down my Visa. The mini mod furnishings, of course, made perfect props for jewelry shaped like lighting! My friend Karen’s seven-year-old, Bella, loaned me the doll clothes.
Our maple and walnut pieces are totally affordable (starting at $25), so I hope you’ll go here to give them a try! Let me know what you think!