A practicing artist and designer, David’s work focuses on innovation and expanding the discourse of Jewellery.
David’s work exists at the crossroads of jewellery design, sculpture and installation. It is the combination of the fine and precious, the poetic and uncanny with a constant search for refinement and time-less design that carries his working process.
A multi award winning artist, he is the Founder and director of Damase Ltd., a company focusing on design and technical innovation in diamond jewellery, holding patents on designs and methods of fabrication.
David's research focuses on generating innovation in jewellery production and design.
Bridging studio practice with the industry, conceptual approach with technical and material innovation, David's interests lie in the hybridisation of practices to generate new knowledge.
With a passion for merging art and science David is interested in creating new fabrication methods for jewellery.
David is a spiritual engineer. He obsessively travels the world in a quest to confront himself with the wildest environments and the most fragile ecosystems.
He dissects natural elements, systems, beings. He extracts flower essences; he fishes pearls in the Japanese inner sea or shining air diamonds from the Mediterranean.
Back in his laboratory, the fragilities, instabilities, poetic tensions, states of co-dependencies or symbiotic relationships found in the natural realm become materials to play with.
With an extreme engineering precision and a poetic playfulness, they are given new logics and new forms. The works feels eternal while glowing with a resolute contemporary fragility.
(2009) Direktør Ib Henriksens Fond
(2010) Bourses Grundtvig
(2016) Private investments secured for the KeyStone jewellery project.
Piet Hein Verspyck Mijnssen Award, Fondation Françoise Van den Bosch, 2012
Conran Award, Conran Foundation, 2011
Theo Fennell Award for Overall Excellence, 2011
Bourses Lissignol-Chevalier et Galland, 2006
KUAD Residency, Kyoto University of Art and design, 2004
Current and recent projects
DAMASE LTD. 2016
The Focus of Damase Ltd is on innovation in stone setting and methods of fabrication for jewellery. Design & Technique.
The company’s aim is on methods of production for both industrial Jewellery and unique pieces and Material innovation.
- Fratelli Gilardi SA (High precision sapphire engineering)
- Technocut SA (Micro-engineering &cutting)
- Herbert Stephan KG (High precision stone cutting)
Part of Innovation RCA Incubation Program.
Damase Ltd. holds Patents in Europe, China, USA and Japan. Patents pending for other strategic territories worldwide.
2017 – present
kyoTo tradiTional culTure innovaTion laboraTory
Addressing Ageing Population and the loss of interest of the younger generation in traditional Crafts in
Japan the T5 project aims at introducing young creatives from national & international backgrounds to
traditional craftsmen from the Kyoto area.
Develop collaborations through creativity, materials culture, trans-generation/ trans-cultural exchange to
create innovative products and new business opportunities.
- Yosuke Sakai, Founder of Whole Love Kyoto & Chimaski.
- KUAD (Kyoto University of Art and Design)
- 15+ traditional craftsmen and Companies in the Kyoto area
- Japanese Governmental financial support secured for 2019
- First products available in selected concept stores worldwide as well as Liberty and Selfridges in
Various Popup events and Publications.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
(2019) Bijoux en Jeu, Gallery MUN, Seoul, KR
(2018) Bijoux en Jeu, Power Station of Design, Shanghai, CN
(2016) Bijou en Jeu, Art Basel, Basel, CH
(2016) Chain, Gallery SO, London, UK
(2015) Embrace, Sieard Art, Amsterdam, NL
(2015) Bijoux en Jeu, Museu del Disseny, Barcelona, E
(2015) Body/Colour, Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL
(2014) Multiple Exposures, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
(2014) XX Crosslines, Hiko Mizuno Gallery, Tokyo, JP
(2014) GVA-BOG, Espacio Odeon-contemporary art Museum, Bogota, C
(2014) 3SP Schmuck, Akademie der Bildene Kunste, Munich, D
External collaborations and activities
(2016 – present) Tutor – MA Space and Communication, HEAD Geneva
(2012 – present) Lecturer – BA Fashion & Space Design, Kyoto University of Art and Design