Marie Stroem of Stroem Design is a Swedish jewellery designer based in London. I discovered her delicate, minimal designs a few months ago, fell hard, bought five pieces and haven’t looked back. Earlier this month I visited Marie in her east London studio to check out her new summer Alchemy collection. Here are five things you should know…
1.Marie’s grandfather was a welder. She uses a lot of his old tools, included a blue pick which she knows he made himself but does not know exactly what he used it for.
2. Obsessed with new tools that allow her to evolve her jewellery making, Marie’s current favourite is a big chunk of machinery (to the uninitiated, I’m sure it has a proper name!) that allows her to polish much bigger surfaces than she could by hand.
3. Marie and her boyfriend used to live on a houseboat on the Hackney canal; pushed for space she had to pack away all her jewellery equipment into seven small plastic boxes every day.
4. Pinned to Marie’s workshop door is a polaroid of the very first ring she ever made; it was crafted at a ‘Make a Ring in a Day’ course that inspired her to start making jewellery.
5. Marie’s Alchemy collection has just launched; she’s introduced new pieces including a stamped disc ring (I had a little ampersand stamped on my rose gold ring), stamped disc necklaces, an amazing circle ring (on my wishlist!) and more, check it all out online and in the pictures below!
New body jewellery – this goes round your neck and then round your waist, to be worn with bikini or light t-shirt
Thank you to Marie for showing me around! See all her new designs at stroemdesign.com