Most jewelry designers get their start in the field as a side hustle. Thing is, for Sergio Silva (left) and Matthew Bradshaw, their collaborative design studio already was a part-time gig. When the interior designer and technical model maker met while studying at Pratt, Matthew and Sergio formed a competitive friendship based around, as Matthew puts it, “always being the ones who were stuck in the studio at 3 o’clock in the morning.” They officially began collaborating as Silva/Bradshaw in 2010, designing everything from store interiors to chairs to candlesticks in their first year.
But when a former flame of Matthew’s suggested he bring his notebook of jewelry sketches to life, that kind of changed everything. “When we first launched our jewelry, I really wasn’t expecting anything. But within a week, we had like 100,000 hits to our website,” recalls Matthew. Soon enough, that wearable side of the business started to overtake their original furniture-design ambitions. “In all honesty, we should probably focus 100% of our efforts on that,” Matthew admits. “It’s much easier to sell a $200 ring than it is to sell a $10,000 table. For the longest time, people asked us if we identified as jewelry designers, and until relatively recently, I denied the fact that we are. I guess we identify as industrial designers who are able to make furniture or jewelry.” —carlye wisel