In 1894, a young artist named Alphonse Mucha wandered into a Paris print shop that needed to produce an advertising poster for a play starring Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha volunteered to do the job in two weeks. His advertisement for the play “Gismonda” was a spark that ignited Art Nouveau at its finest; Mucha produced everything from posters and advertisements to illustrations and paintings. Mucha brought his fine-art sensibility to the commercial forum, producing posters and prints in a distinctively flowing and floral style and making the poster a medium for purely artistic expression. Mucha often produced posters depicting a romantic theme in series, one being The Times of the Day in 1899. These elegantly draping earrings involve the lustrous white and silky lavender of freshwater and saltwater pearls and the heavenly bright blue of Sleeping Beauty turquoise, hues characteristic of a clear dawn. As its title suggests, the Rise was inspired by the first installment of The Times of the Day, Morning Awakening. Orli says, “Alphonse Mucha’s work thoroughly eliminated the line between graphic art and fine art. He used media typical of graphic and commercial work and brought the heightened aesthetic and quality of fine art to it. He had a unique ability to capture grand, flowing movement in his work, and that’s what I wanted to capture with this elegant, draping form.”
Orli likes beautiful things, and in this, she suspects that she is not alone. In fact, she suspects that you may agree. After all, form often follows function, but within form, there are multitudinous opportunities to amplify aesthetic appeal. Enter the movements of applied art, an all-encompassing approach to art and creativity that reaches far beyond the fine arts to touch industrial design and everyday objects with aesthetic design. Using fluid draping, clear and strong colors both bright and soft, and Orli’s characteristically deft blending of vintage and modern styling, Aesthete pieces are inspired by four such movements: Bauhaus, Art Neouveau, Art Deco, and Arts and Crafts.