Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featured Vendor: GioGio Designs

GioGio Design was founded by architect Jessica Giovachino. Her mission, simply put, is to make things she would want to have in her own home. She thinks people should surround themselves with creatively-designed, cool, and smart products that are both functional and fun. She designs and makes home accessories, furniture, and also jewelry.

Jessica brings an architectural design approach to the creation of her pieces. She likes to think of her design philosophy as the intersection between art and functionality. The underlying structure is as important as the finished design, and the way the individual parts fit together defines the final form.

Jessica’s home accessories are made up of individual pieces that slot together without the need for fasteners. Engaging the user to put together their bowl or wine rack like a three-dimensional puzzle is part of the fun and playfulness of her designs. There is also a practical component to this feature: her housewares can easily be taken apart and stored in a drawer when not in use. She makes her pieces from bamboo plywood which is a sustainable resource; strong yet lightweight, and beautiful.

Jessica also designs and makes simple, organic jewelry pieces that are inspired both by nature and the built environment. They are cast in sterling silver, or cut from materials such as stainless steel and acrylic. Her designs emphasize the "yin" and "yang" - for example a delicate sterling silver pendant on a rough leather cord - to create pieces that embody seeming contrary aesthetics.

All of Jessica’s work can be summed up by GioGio Design’s motto: life is more interesting when we are inspired by the things we see around us every day. Visit: for more info!

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