Silvia Furmanovich initially got the idea for her marquetry collection in 2016, after she found craftsmen in Acre, Brazil, practicing the age-old wood technique. She loved the look, not to mention the fact that the work was sustainable. The artisans find their materials from fallen tree branches and bark. At the time Silvia said, “The marquetry technique lends itself very well for an endless variety of intricate and detailed motifs, which gives a lot of creative freedom.”
It was impossible to know then just how imaginative Silvia would become with the possibilities of marquetry. Every year the Brazilian designer selects a different theme to explore. In 2017, it was motifs from India. In 2018, bold botanicals were rendered in all kinds of amazing marquetry bracelets and earrings.
For the 2019 collection Silvia was inspired by a collection of antique textiles that were used to make obi sashes for kimonos. The rich patterns found on the fabrics are recreated in marquetry on the designer’s bold earring silhouettes. For some special bags a section is composed of the antique fabric. Miniature paintings and artifacts can also be found in the collection.