Trine Tuxen likes to keep her jewelry designs minimal—after all she is Danish. Don’t let an eye for simplicity fool you though, each of Tuxen’s handcrafted designs weave complexity through. This is the short form way of describing it. As a dancer, Tuxen sustained a few injuries that unfortunately removed her from that art world—in search of another outlet, her pent up creativity became an asset, amplifying her passion to create jewelry.
The inspiration behind Tuxen’s jewelry is deeply tied to Nordic Minimalism, which finds synonymity with purity. With the inclusion of .925 sterling silver and 14 carat gold-plating, makes her pieces timeless (you’ll find no plastic here, she hates it!). Each creation Tuxen makes is a reflection of nature, geometry, emotions, and the inhabitants of her Copenhagen home. Each piece are thought provoking and designed with intentions of multiple purposes and possibilities. Knowing this coupled with being instantly drawn to her designs (plus we’re always a sucker for good birthstone story) we had to know more.
Below we catch up with the New-to-OC designer Trine Tuxen chatting about her daily inspirations, creation process, and cleaning naked (yes, you read that correctly)
OPENING CEREMONY: Could you tell us a little about how you got started and about your background?
TRINE TUXEN: I trained as an contemporary dancer and I was pursuing my career full speed until I had to scale back, because of too many injuries. Designing jewelry has always been a passion of mine, but it wasn’t until I was about 28 that I realized that I needed to find another outlet for my creativity and energy. I’ve always knew that I needed to express myself emotionally and visually so when I stopped dancing it made complete sense to take my jewelry making to the next level.
You live in Copenhagen, a city which has a strong point of view on design and aesthetics.
Yes, there’s definitely a very Danish approach to design. You can always tell when something is popular in Copenhagen. People are tuned in and it catches on quickly.
Exactly, so given the city’s appreciation for design what is good design to you, and likewise, what is bad design?
To me good design is well balanced and thought through. It can be extremely complicated or very minimalistic or both at the same time. Personally, I love the Danish designer Arne Jacobsen. I think he’s one of Denmark’s greatest. He stretched his talents so far, from beautiful Vola faucets, to his flatware. He made a brilliant gas station on Strandvejen (coastal road North of Copenhagen) that looks like a cross of a spaceship and mushroom, his chair “myren” (the ant) is one of my favorite chairs—especially the three legged version. I had to choose the four legged version for my own apartment.
Bad design for me, is when function takes over beauty. I can’t stand an ugly wine bottle opener and in general, I have a hard time with plastic as a material. For many reasons, it pollutes, the way it feels, smells. I’m not a fan.
So, shifting subjects a little. What’s something that no one knows about you?
I love to clean naked! It’s so smart and convenient.
[Laughing] Love the mental image. Looking back over the last few years, what are some of your most memorable highs and lows?
My biggest low was when my workspace was robbed. It left me feeling so fragile and small. Everything that I had worked so hard to create got ripped away from me with such a disrespect, and in such a heartless way. I just had to quickly lick my wounds and start over.
One of my biggest highs was when I meet up with Opening Ceremony for the first time. I was so nervous and excited that I got a little high on experience! It’s a feeling I remember as the biggest kick before going on stage for a premiere when I was dancing. Nothing can replace that feeling!
Yes, congratulations! You collection is in OC! This is your first store in the U.S. What are your plans moving forward?
I’m putting a lot of focus on growing internationally. I’d love to do more business within the US and in Japan. I feel that both countries really understand my aesthetic language and my way of telling stories.
And if you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to work with Chloë Sevigny. I’ve admired her since Kids. She just has such a strong personality that I’m very intrigued by.