Vero Lázár

I originally studied to be an architect and worked as such for 15 years before engaging professionally with my lifelong passion: jewellery design and making. Even as an architect I sought artistic and visual forms of expression. An architect always thinks on a grand scale, whereas the world of a jewellery-maker is much smaller but it is just that smaller scale that means the greater and more enticing challenge to me.

I made jewels back in high school already so I hesitated between studying metalwork and architecture, but I finally decided on following in my father’s footsteps and becoming an architect. However, the duality stayed with me both in my university years and my career as an architect. I wistfully watched the works of contemporary jewellery designers and applied for scholarships abroad so I could get involved with more creative subjects.

The switch wasn’t easy of course, the final decision followed many sleepless nights. At first, I was hesitant to show even my closest family and friends the jewels I had designed in the little free time that I had. Then I divided myself spending half of each day at the architect’s office and the other half designing and making jewellery, but I couldn’t keep this up for long. I finally made up my mind at a kayaking trip, realising how unhappy I was with this halfway solution and deciding to dedicate myself fully to jewellery design.

The years I spend as an architect, however, were not in vain: I often “construct” jewels from geometry, I value proportionate, clean shapes and lines.  What I find most exhilarating is the combination and synthesis of different materials, be it precious metal, natural materials or resin. I also like to work with materials used in architecture, since if a material is attractive on its own, why not wear it on our body as well? I most fancy pairs that seemingly form two separate worlds.

Forming pairs and seeking balances are not just characteristic of my jewellery. I enjoy city life, living in Budapest, Hungary, but I couldn’t survive without nature. I am truly fond of hiking, it gives me a great degree of freedom and counterbalances the bustle of the city. I am sure this shows in my jewellery, often a shape or memory from nature, a feeling drive me to make a jewel. But I have also been inspired by materials that I touched or stories that I heard. It is also very exciting to design jewellery for a specific person, as in such cases their personality becomes part of the creation process.

I also prepare many sketches and models. One idea leads to the next, objects constantly develop and take shape, just as I do. I strive to participate in courses and workshops so as to learn the work philosophy of iconic designers.

Exhibitions

10. 2017
Night of Jewellery Art Budapest 2017: 42 Carat
K.A.S. Gallery, Budapest
12. 2017
Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition
Ezüstláz Ékszergaléria, Pécs, Hungary
12. 2016
15th Christmas Jewellery Exhibition
Ezüstgaléria, Budapest
11. 2016
Night of Jewellery Art Budapest 2016: Red gestures
Fuga Galéria, Budapest
11. 2015
Night of Jewellery Art Budapest 2015, Contact Competition
Design Terminal, Budapest
11. 2015
Night of Jewellery Art Budapest 2015 , Three quarter
Magma Gallery, Budapest
12.2014
Design Terminal
Budapest
2013-
Silver Gallery - Ezüst Galéria
Budapest
2013/12
Design Terminal
Budapest
2013. 2 November - 5 December
YELLYFISH Exhibition
Rózsavölgyi Szalon, 1052 Budapest, Szervita tér 5.
2013/08
International Jewellery Exhibition
MUMBAI - GJEP India
2012. december
Harmony Exhibition, with Károly Szász and Edina Fülöp
Ágens Galery, Budapest
2012.
Design Now Exhibition
VAM Design Galery, Budapest

Press

British VOGUE magazine, November 2016.
Rúzs és selyem TV program, Duna TV, interview, at 22 minutes and 40 seconds, 9th October 2016.
BOOK Of DESIGN - the book of design, 2016.
Interview in Panyi Zsuzsi Blog, 18th May 2016.
Móni László: Lehetsz kivételes - book, Kossuth Publisher, 2015.
Éva Advent Magazine, December 2013
Blikk Nők 23 October 2013
Ékszerpiac Magazine September 2013
In Personal Branding Blog, 11th October, 2012. október
Népszabadság Online, 1st October, 2012.
Budapest Business Journal, 29th June, 2012.