Introducing Argentinian jewellery brand Cabinet Óseo, a power duo between sculptor Celina Saubidet and designer Marina Molinelli Wells, who are renowned for their sculptural and fine art-esque jewellery pieces. Join us in today's designer interview as they tell us more about how they started their brand together, where they draw their inspiration from and so much more!
How did your brand begin?
Our brand began in 2004 following a request from my friend, Celina, who is a sculptor, to make some pieces for an exhibition of hers called "ÓSEO" that showed women dressed with their own bones. After that assignment, it seemed like a good plan to make jewellery inspired by the bones of the body. Both being the daughters of physicians, the connection between childhood and the world of anatomy returned playfully to work that expressed our maturity as artists.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?
Cabinet Óseo is sculptor, Celina Saubidet, and designer Marina Molinelli Wells. We have joined forces to honour the body, rematerialize it and transform it into jewellery, armour, large-format sculptures and installations. Infinite love for the forms and processes of nature unites us in a third entity that transcends us both and that is much more than the sum of its parts: Cabinet Óseo.
How are your products made?
Each jewel is a sculptural piece to be exposed and each sculpture could be seen as a great jewel. Each piece we develop goes through a process that originates in a natural form. We metallize it with copper through an electroforming technique until we have a form from which we can make a mould. Generally we work on the originals in our atelier. We like to use techniques from other trades: dental resins and tools are very useful for us.
Are there any specific manufacturing/crafting techniques you use?
Our pieces are made by lost-wax casting and all are handcrafted. Often we will model pieces in wax, melt them and continue working on them until we achieve the desired thicknesses and shapes that work well as a piece of jewellery.
Can you recall a particular moment with a client that will stay with you forever? Could be a funny horror story or a fond memory.
We have made pieces for people who have undergone heart surgery and also for a person who received a kidney transplant from his sister. We love being chosen to make wedding rings with our fingerprint imprinter ring model. It delights us that people bring us ideas and we are able to carry them out!
How do you want someone to feel when they wear/use your designs?
We like to imagine people wearing our pieces as amulets to treasure or as tributes to nature for the preservation of species.
Do you work with any charities?
In 2018 we worked to support the law of voluntary interruption of pregnancy [Argentina's first law legalising abortion], creating a green heart that has become an emblem of the struggle. This October we released a limited edition of corazon rosa [the red heart] to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer. On both occasions, we donated part of the profits to foundations.
Have you been featured in any exhibitions?
In 2013 we launched Cabinet Óseo in Malba Museum [the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires] with a big performance and installations.
Since then, each year we have shown new works with shows and exhibitions. In 2019, we made a big exhibition called REINOS at the National Museum of Decorative Art in Buenos Aires.
Do you have any exciting future plans and where do you see your brand in 5 years?
Since 2019 we have had plans to expand the brand to the world. We would love to be able to take Cabinet Óseo to small special places in some of the cities that we love and where we have friends and family.
We have been developing our HOME collection since 2020 with all of our enthusiasm. We plan to present it at MAISON&OBJET in Paris in 2023. We would love to offer Cabinet Óseo in Paris, London, Barcelona, Berlin, NYC and Tokyo in 5 years.
What are your go-to style tips?
Be original, and use things that speak of oneself, of one's choices and ideals. We don't follow fashion or the seasons. We are all connected to ideas bigger than each one of us and each thing that one chooses to wear can talk about this.
What drew you to JewelStreet?
A very dear Argentinian friend who works and lives in Barcelona advised us to visit the platform and recommended that we use it. We are happy to, and it seems like a great opportunity to take our art to new places.
How do your brand values align with those of JewelStreet?
Cabinet Óseo is distinguished by the quality of its pieces and its brand image, beautifully photographed by Urko Suaya.
We are empowering the owner of Cabinet Óseo jewellery with a wearable work of art inspired by nature. It acts both as an amulet and as a shield of protection and strength.
Through the eyes of Cabinet Óseo, we can bloom like a daisy, change skin like a snake or make a unique connection with the movement of a snail.
Cabinet Óseo is interested in nature that is not within reach of the human eye, not just in the physical capacity of the natural world. Nature uncloaked, and rendered as an aesthetic object, transforms into a jewel, expands into sculpture or crystallizes into an eternal memory.
We love to keep our work small in scale, we love taking care of every detail of our handmade pieces, we are a team of people who love our work and love to share that passion.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
A porcelain heart for its delicacy, hardness, fragility and its transparency. An ode to nature.
What is your favourite quote?
"What is the pattern that connects the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose, and all four of them to me? And me to you?" - Gregory Bateson.
Which 3 books would you love to have on a desert island?
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit; The Intelligence of Flowers by Maurice Maeterlinck; The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
Thanking for talking with us!