Meet Your Maker

Viviana Langhoff

Creative Designer & Jewelry Artist

Describe Your Creative Process:

I always start with the wearer in mind- what do they do on a day-to-day basis, what function will it serve? I also typically research metalworking throughout history and architectural forms. Once I know the structure, then I can design based what they love.

What themes are you exploring in your practice?

I’m drawn to the idea of an heirloom; I’m absolutely enamored with the romantic idea of designing work that can be passed down generationally. History, storytelling and jewelry all go hand-and-hand for me. I love holding objects my great-grandmother owned, or going to museums and seeing jewelry and metalwork that has lasted a millennium. These objects tell the story of our marriages, families, beliefs, and loved ones.

How did you start designing jewelry?

My background is in contemporary fine art. I attended the School of the Art Institute, and learned conceptual design there. I then studied metalsmithing at Columbia College. To continue my education, I’ve worked under fine jewelers as well as contemporary art jewelry makers. For the past 10 years, I have designed custom jewelry, in addition to interiors and decorative objects.

How would you describe your design style?

Warm + Moorish/Moroccan + Art Deco + Traveled + Vintage-Inspired I love intricate, beautiful metalwork from cultures all over the world. My style is a mix of unique, vintage-inspired pieces in unexpected hues. I love using colored gemstones, I think they’ve been overlooked for far too long, and they’re a beautiful alternative for women who want something beyond diamonds.

What type of woman do you have in mind when you make your jewelry?

My woman is a confident badass who knows what she loves and delights in beautiful things.

What other art forms do you love or draw inspiration from?

I look to many different mediums for inspiration: architecture (Louis Sullivan/ Zaha Hadid/ Gaudi), interior design, graphic design, and fine artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Marilyn Minter, Pipiloti Rist, and Nick Cave.

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