Today we are meeting the designer and when I came across Magda Koenner’s Jewellery collection and I knew that I wanted to introduce her work to you as it is truly beautiful.
I got the amazing chance to interview her about how she got to where she is today and what influences her.
Brand Name: Magda Koenner Jewellery
Location: London, UK
Product Type: Jewellery
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Magda-Koenner-Jewellery-301555333353217
Hello, how are you today?
Fine thanks, considering I only slept 4 hours. Being a full time designer and a Mum of a 6months old Max is very demanding and busy but I truly love every minute of it.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Yes, I am a 31 years old. I am originally form Poland but I moved to London when I was 20, so almost all of my adulthood has been here. I am massive dreamer and I am foolish enough to believe that I am able to succeed. I think that creativity is peoples biggest asset, staying open minded and thinking outside the box is a key. Passion is also very important, without it the above statement would mean nothing. I come from the construction industry, I’ve been working full time for a number or architectural offices, consultancies and a build asset department. Designing buildings and being part of their creation was very interesting but not satisfying enough. Partly because the process is so complex and involves so many people that you get to a point where you begin to lose your own sense, meaning and input in it, therefore it is not fully your own. I was dreaming of something that would give me the sense of achievement and fulfil my passion for creating but I didn’t want to completely move away from architecture. Creating architecture inspired jewellery is exactly what I was looking for. I get involved in every single stage of the designing and making process and the pieces can be ultimately worn by others and that is the biggest success for me. An interesting fact is that I make everything in my studio myself, from sketching, through drawing up on the computer, to laser cutting, assembling, marketing/branding including graphic design aspect as well as photographing, at the end of the process I am so emotionally attached to the jewellery pieces that ironically it is hard to send them away.
How did you end up where you are today?
It was a very long and rocky journey and most importantly it happened as a result of the series of unexpected coincidences, therefore I believe that it was all meant to be. I’ve been training to become an architect since I was 19. I graduated from the School of Architecture and the Visual Art in 2008 , since then I worked for a number of architectural practices and consultancies. In 2013 I completed my Master Degree at the London South Bank University and shortly after I set up my first product design studio focused on home ware and jewellery, with strong orientation towards jewellery, which soon became my main focus.
What made you want to pursue a career in fashion design?
Fashion is fascinating. It is a powerful tool too as the outfit sends the very first message about a person. Everyone expresses themselves through fashion in one way or the other, therefore it is so important in peoples lives. I have always been very conscious of it to the point when I discovered the urge to have my own input in it. Fashion is very dynamic, it is constantly changing, recreating and evolving. This industry is a massive playground for the creativity and that is why I wanted to be part of it.
What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
There is a lot of them, but most importantly it is the process of creating, witnessing a new piece of jewellery being born and then seeing it on somebody else and knowing that it really is something, that would otherwise be missing. It is also the aspect of being in control, almost like “here I am and this is what I have to say”.
How do you define your particular style or approach to fashion?
I like using honest materials, I love geometry and classic colour combinations. However, if I was to use one word to describe the style of my collections I would say ‘contemporary’
What influences you?
What is the best life advice you have been given and by whom?
“Never waste your time” given by my Mum 🙂
What advice would you give to anybody that is trying to be a fashion designer?
Passion is a massive part of it but not everything, hard work is equally important.
Who is your brand targeted at?
I was going to say independent individuals and confident characters but really that is not the case. I guess it is for anyone who finds it attractive.
What type of materials did you use to create your collection?
I tent to use raw materials like wood, cotton etc. but also a bit of glamorous looking mirrored acrylic, that creates incredible game of light, reflections and shadow.
What do you think of eco-fashion?
I think it is so important these days and I am extremely conscious of it. I try to reflect it in my collections using raw, almost untreated materials
What’s next for your brand?
The world hahaha
What are the 3 things that you couldn’t live without?
sketchbook, pencil and a laser cutter:-)
What song do you have on repeat at the moment?
my son’s “five little ducks” it is madness hahaha
Quick fire (Please pick one)
Coffee or Tea
Heels or Flats
Lipstick or Gloss
Dresses or Jeans
Makeup or Natural
Movies or Books
Spring/summer or Autumn/winter
I would just like to thank Magda for taking part in our Meet the feature. Getting to know her has been a really insight to her working like and as you can see from the photos posted throughout this post her collection is really amazing. I love how she has taken something like Architecture and turned it into beautiful pieces of jewellery that would complete any outfit beautifully.
Make sure you pop over to Magda’s facebook and instagram so that you never miss out on her collection and I really think that she is one to watch.
What do you think of Magda’s collection and interview?