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Faris Du Graf Goes on Vacation—and Discovers Tropical Modernism

BY carly pifer 04/14/2014

On a trip to Honolulu, Faris Du Graf, of the architecturally driven jewelry line Faris, was completely taken with everything she was seeing around her—and we’re not just talking leis and palm trees. She discovered tropical modernism, a movement that fuses mod building styles with the realities of living in a hot-and-humid climate, and fell for it hard. Not one to waste any time, Faris started whipping up earrings and bracelets informed by her trip—here, she connects the dots. 

 

 

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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
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“This is my Piña Ring, a large pineapple to crown the tops of your fingers. The leaves are breeze-thru cut-outs, much like the masonry walls found in warm climates.”

 

 

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“My Tropical Sphinx earrings have green onyx pyramids enclosed in bronze triangles. They’re much like these decorative steel gates with plants peeking through.”

 

 

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“This Tusk Necklaces is inspired by the core of a palm—where the leaves all come together. I hinged shapes together to act in the same way, creating a woven-together mobility.”

 

 

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“The Rose Gold Chiquita Earrings are another example of simplifying one of the local archetypes—that being the amazing fruit, like mangos, star fruit, pineapples, and of course, bananas. The varied circles are meant to represent the sweet spots that appear when ripened, but they also remind me a lot of a holey frond.”

 

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