What caught our eye about designer Marcel Dunger’s jewellery is the fact that the damaged and splintered wood is used as it is found. The discarded maple wood pieces are not working into another mellower form. They keep their jagged, prickly and spikey character, which is then simply encased in brightly coloured resin.
The contrast between the visual and textural elements of the jewellery is also fantastic. The pieces look harsh, sharp and uninviting but once in your hands they will be smooth, comforting and tactile.
Twinning the wood with pop-culture coloured resins gives the jewellery an unexpected contrast and energy, which grabs the attention.
The rings, earrings and pendants would be a really unusual and striking addition to the jewellery box.
Dunger’s work will be featured at the London Design Festival (September 18-21, 2014) stand E2E, hall T1.