Story by Rachel Schwartzmann – Shop Mounser Jewelry – Photos by Bridget Badore for The Style Line
Ask Amanda Assad Mounser, and she’ll tell you
that she doesn’t let seasons dictate her design process. In fact, you could say that longevity is the name of the game for the flourishing designer who in our interview explained, “My intention is to create a season-less assortment of lifetime objects; pieces that you connect to, collect and keep with the promise to one day pass down.” After our recent studio visit with Amanda, we wholeheartedly agree that her sculptural and thoughtfully-designed pieces transcend the idea of solely being “sartorial staples” but rather, allow the wearer to think about her designs (and design in general) in new ways.
With Amanda’s goal of creating the ultimate collection of artful objects, accessories and lifestyle goods, we were not surprised to find that the designer’s unique eye for design translated into her impeccably curated home/studio. There, we found ourselves immersed in Amanda’s latest happenings (including a behind-the-scenes look into the upcoming launch of an exciting new collection) while perusing the stylish and plant-adorned space. While Amanda kindly gave us a tour of the studio we chatted with her about how she got her start, her creative process, and what advice she has for the next generation of designers. Discover the full conversation below featuring exclusive photos from our morning captured by Bridget Badore for The Style Line.
*THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2016 AND REFLECTS UPDATED CHANGES TO THE LAYOUT AND INTRODUCTION
To the core I am
an experimenter, always manipulating and making things of many mediums with my hands. I am passionate about art in all forms and I come alive in nature. I value fearlessness, people with distinct vision, humor and silliness, unconditional love, perseverance, relationships and creativity in its many manifestations. I look at the world in color and shape. I strive to take notice of all the little things around me that some may overlook, and acknowledge my gratitude for them.
Talk to us more about your sculptural approach to jewelry design. Why do you think jewelry is the best vehicle to express your point of view as a maker?
My collection was designed to feel like mini sculptures playing with the ideas of asymmetry, balance, proportion and movement. Minimal elements are thoughtfully joined offering an artful yet wearable composition. My intention is to create a season-less assortment of lifetime objects; pieces that you connect to, collect and keep with the promise to one day pass down.
I like jewelry because it is a fashion vehicle that can be based less on trend and more in the process of artistry, essentially making it less disposable.
Has working in this medium inspired you to explore other forms of design? What is something you’re looking to do more of creatively this season?
My collection is a revolving core, which means that it’s seasonless, always available and will never go on sale. I plan to introduce small capsule collections into this body of work every couple of months. Sterling silver, a new metal for me, will be part of this expansion plan. Next I want to create a world of Mounser that is centered around the interior space – objects, light fixtures, pedestal tables and eventually furniture. All collections would be focused in this idea of creating lifetime investment pieces that are works of art but not necessarily in the traditional sense.
What are your thoughts on the change in how we make and purchase fashion?
Without following the traditional calendar how do you collect and find inspiration to craft pieces at certain points throughout the year?
This idea of non-disposable investment is always top of mind in designing for me. What will feel special, unique, emotion evoking -what will drive people to want to keep these pieces forever and collect more. My inspiration is rooted in art, nature, color and shape so it’s more about sculptural creation and less about a specific season. I really try to maintain the idea of artistry first fashion second. This way pieces are just cool and unique as opposed subscribing to a particular trend.
What is one question that you wish people asked you more often?
Would you like seconds?
We love MOUNSER’s dynamic product assortment. But if you had to choose any one piece you’ve designed that embodies the spirit of the MOUNSER women which would it be and why?
The Lunar and Solar mis-matched asymmetrical earrings would tie for this. These two styles embody everything I was trying to communicate with this collection in terms of sculptural composition. Both styles exhibit asymmetry, and interesting proportion in a very clean and polished way. To me that’s how I see the Mounser woman and her style sensibility, modern and polished with a unique point of interest.
How would you advise the next generation of makers, creative/fashion lovers or people in general to leave in an imprint in the world just by doing what they love?
Be fearless and embrace your truest self and vision. Listen to your instincts and persevere – things can explode in the most amazing way at any moment so maintain hope, positivity and forward motion.
The Style Line was built on the premise of discovery, exploration, and transit. With this in mind, what is “the style line” in your wardrobe?
I am in meetings all over the city so for me a driving force in the way I dress is comfort and longevity.
I love classic silhouettes – the perfect white button down, an amazing pair of jeans, buttery leather mules you can wear with anything and lingerie for day. I don’t wear many prints and gravitate to solid fluid fabrics and elongated silhouettes. I like pieces that are chic and feminine but have a sense of ease, all of which create the perfect backdrop for my jewelry.