For the first time, Vietnamese people have a chance to see with their own eyes unique artworks by famous jewellery and object designer Gilles Jonemann that are on display at an exhibition in Hanoi. Jonemann, using lacquer objects by Vietnamese haute lacquer house Hanoia, has applied debris or redundant materials to the structure, creating 24 contemporary artworks which are on display at the New Look, New Lacquer – Gilles Jonemann for Hanoia.
Born in 1944 in Geneva, Jonemann was educated at the École des Arts Appliqués (The School of Applied Arts) in Paris and at an academy in Aix-en-Provence. His whole life is associated with collecting special materials such as seashells, sea urchins, fragments of nuts and seeds from around the world and crafting them into exquisite and unique jewelry in his own way.
He has travelled to many parts of the world not only to serve his travel interests but also to collaborate with many companies and artists in Nicaragua, Madagascar, Mali, and most recently Vietnam. In addition, he has collaborated with many luxury brands such as Issey Miyake, Hermés, Morabito and Per Spook.
Since 2006, he has been a member of the design team of Petit H by Hermes. He was one of the first to develop handcrafts collections that recycled waste materials from Hermes and other brands such as Puiforcat and Cristalleries Saint Louis.