Designer Lina Lundberg is working on her latest piece of jewellery in her Friedrichshain apartment. The sound of hammering fills the working space as she’s giving a small silver ring a “rougher” look. She started her own label, Lina Lundberg Jewellery, back in 2015 and has been building her collection ever since. “Making jewellery is my outflow where I can just have fun and play”, she explains.
Originally from Stockholm, Lina moved to Berlin in 2009 after she’d been selected to do a jewellery residency at the studio Spreeglanz with five other designers. “At this time I was exploring different materials and worked a lot with recycling and upcycling”, Lina says and continues: “Part of the studio’s concept was to be experimental, which was very rewarding for us designers”.
She quickly grew fond of both Berlin and Spreeglanz. Instead of staying at the studio for one year, which was the original plan, she ended up working there until it closed in 2011. “Berlin is so diverse and has such an allowing spirit compared to Stockholm, experiencing new places helps you leave old patterns and imaginations”, she says.
Small pieces of coconut shells are hanging in a colourful row above her workspace. “I was attracted to their colours when I bought them at a trade show here in Germany, but I had no idea what to do with them”. Little did she know that the pieces would become the key material of her first collection.
“The Coco Colour Collection” is inspired by fruit and flowers and consists of seven designs so far. Lina’s jewellery are in many way opposites to the minimalistic style so often associated with Scandinavian design. Her necklaces are statement pieces in bright colours, like pink, green, blue and orange, with a few black exceptions. They all take your mind far from the north.
“I present my jewellery as personal reminders of everyone’s intrinsic powers, where each piece proposes a special meaning.”
Her love for colour can also be found all around her apartment: the fiery red chairs by the kitchen table, the multicoloured books in the bookshelf, the bright blue headphones and the electric green cactus on the desk and the pastel striped legs on her workspace table. “Colours make me happy, I believe they attract good energy”, she explains.
She’s now doing the final touches on the piece she started working on almost an hour ago. She has hammered the silver ring, burnt the rope and then threaded it onto a string, added pearls and the coconut shells underneath the rope and hung a semi precious stone on top of it. She’s finishing it by attaching the thin string that goes around the neck. It’s a meticulous process that takes between 40 minutes and four hours depending on the piece.