ABOUT HER. As a Dutch born native I was given the name Daphne van der Meulen. After completing my studies at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands in 2003, I moved to New York city. Where I started working in an architectural firm, soon realising I was unable to fully express my perfect imperfect designs in the land of boundaries in the world of architecture. I autonomously started focusing on jewelry as a creative outlet, little did I know that I then and there found my true passion - designing and making jewelry. I am inspired by our concrete jungle, textures in all forms and shapes and mother nature trying to creep between the harsh city environment. In 2005 I founded STUDIO MEZEREEM and continue to explore the boundaries between the minimal and the textured objects. I am currently living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
ABOUT HER WORK. I have found that making jewelry is another way to define space. To make a place that can hold, capture and give. My jewelry can be seen as a carrier of memory, a memory, both for me as a maker and the wearer. The jewelry object can serve as a personal place, in which thoughts, ideas and memories are recorded and stored. I therefore see jewelry mainly as an intimate personal object. We choose to expose it or keep it for ourselves in a place close to the skin. My interest lies in the border between spoken and unspoken and I hope that people find their own story in the objects I make, make their own memory. Forms and materials can be interpreted in different ways, therefore I give a guideline, a starting point, but the rest I like to leave blank. An object for me is ready when it is itself. I’d like my jewelry to be what it is, nothing more and nothing less. It will be affected over time, it will change by wearing it and it will make new memories along the way.
ABOUT THE STUDIO. Mezereem is an independent design studio based in the heart of Amsterdam - the Netherlands. Besides jewelry we design and create products, furniture and interiors by the same profound and thoughtful way. Mezereem was founded in early 2005 by Daphne van der Meulen and is the result of a deeply rooted desire to design, create and share. We believe that what goes around comes around and feel that our poetic approach to design makes objects like jewelry a timeless piece of creation.
ABOUT MEZEREEM. Where does this name come from you might think. Well, Daphne Mezereum is a small toxic berry tree, that has inherited its name from a Greek Mythological story. According to Wikipedia “There are several versions of the myth in which she appears, but the general narrative appears in Greco-Roman mythology, is that due to a curse made by the god Cupid, son of Venus, on the god Apollo (Phoebus), she became the unwilling object of the infatuation of Apollo, who chased her against her wishes. Just before being raped by him, Daphne pleaded to her river god father for help, who transformed her into a laurel tree, thus foiling Apollo. Thenceforth Apollo developed a special reverence for laurel. At the Pythian Games which were held every four years in Delphi in honour of Apollo, a wreath of laurel gathered from the Vale of Tempe in Thessaly was given as a prize. Hence it later became customary to award prizes in the form of laurel wreaths to victorious generals, athletes, poets and musicians, worn as a chaplet on the head.” You can find a beautiful marble sculpture of Daphne being transformed into a laurel tree at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Which was made by the sculptor and architect Bernini (1598-1680)