Hopea | Scandinavian Designer Jewelry

This past May we welcomed Cosima of Hopea into our showroom for a popup shop. Cosima has a beautiful collection of exquisite and rare jewelry primarily from mid-century Scandinavia. If you missed the first trunk show, you’ll have a second chance to see these exquisit pieces first-hand. The Hopea collection returns to Inform for a second popup shop on November 29th to December 1st. Just in time to pick up very special Christmas gifts for the ones you love. Below, Cosima shares with us insight into the origin of a few of her pieces.


By the late 1950s, design had become a symbol of regional identity in the Nordic countries. Given that jewelry was seen as lagging behind other areas of design, revitalizing the craft became a national interest. Certain young designers, many in their twenties, had already established their own modern workshops and were more than poised to rise to the occasion. Below is a brief look at some of these pioneering designers; each from a different Nordic country. Each designer had their own unique aesthetic as they explored beyond the boundaries of jewelry making of the time.

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Unbreakable Art: FISH DESIGN & Gaetano Pesce


Who would have thought that the solution to broken vases would be so beautiful, tactile, and colorful! Vases and jewelry made of soft silicon resin, in a variety of raw forms glow as the light travels through them.

Each item is a unique creation, working with the skills of the craftsmen and the power of gravity.


Left: Gaetano Pesce at work – Right: Resin being poured onto a new piece

The project was started in 1995 by Italian architect, designer, and artist Gaetano Pesce in pursuit of creating fantastic vases, jewelry, and many other products out of coloured and translucent resin. As a small venture the company continued to make its goods until 1999.

For five years these unique products awaited a rebirth and in 2004 Andrea Corsi an Italian business men focused on design brought the resin products back into production. Working along side Gaetano Pesce, Corsi himself has begun to work and create goods for Fish Design.