Christian Hemmerle runs the German jewellery house, Hemmerle, alongside his wife Yasmin and parents Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle. Considered one of the world’s most inventive jewellers, Hemmerle is a fourth generation family run house at the vanguard of design.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would like to be in a Sugimoto portrait series, because no one captures character quite like he does.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
The most beautiful things are usually the most simple things. So although I travel quite a bit, my inspiration lies in everyday objects. I find beauty all around me.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I would like to explore Japan more, because it's starting to teach me a different attitude to time, and our hectic lives in the West.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Cairo is a big, open museum. The entire city is a museum filled with landmarks, and every time I visit, I discover new things. It's the same with New York. Although I have been many times, it seems each time I find new places filled with amazing culture and art.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
Each Hemmerle jewel we conceive is unique and as original as a work of art. Our pieces are handcrafted at our atelier in Munich and defined by exceptional gemstones often set in unorthodox materials. To find these materials, I treasure hunt all around the world from villages in India to Central Park in New York. We are launching a new collection of nature inspired jewellery at TEFAF Maastricht in March 2014. The collection will be celebrated with the publication of a new jewellery and poetry book published by the art-book publisher MACK and edited by the poet Greta Bellamacina. Our jewellery can be bought at our Maximilianstrasse boutique in Munich and by appointment at private sales around the world.