All is not lost in dystopia. Sometimes, beauty can still be found and that’s exactly where Parisian jewellery label MØSAIS makes its appearance. MØSAIS creates striking pieces designed with the end in mind, blending discretion with a characteristic flair that walks the line between fantasy and reality. Forming its pieces around the idea of a “second skin”, MØSAIS’ unusual creations mix a variety of textures with simple, uncluttered linework.
For this Schön! feature, MØSAIS presents a tale of eternity, utilising Iris Valles‘ brilliant photography, videography, and creative direction to an incredible end. To hear more about the brand, Schön! spoke with lead designer Baptiste Morel about the brand stretching from its past deep into the future.
What inspired you to start MØSAIS?
I created MØSAIS in 2016 when I was at a time of my life where I felt the need to do something for myself, but also most of all to share it with others. I wanted to share my tastes, the lifestyle, the art, the tattoos — everything that surrounded and inspired me. And I was able to do so through my creations and the MØSAIS universe.
How has MØSAIS changed since you first launched the label?
I think the main thing is that I am learning all the time. With the 3D, for instance: how I use it today is not the same way as when I started. The pieces are more and more refined, yet keeping the same raw spirit that inspired me in the beginning. We started with smaller collections; now as I feel more and more inspired, and with time, I’d like to offer more variety and be able to maybe reach a wider audience.
What can you tell us about the inspiration for this latest collection?
I chose to focus on strong pieces, using and developing new and different kinds of textures. Some are really complex, some sleek and raw, giving birth to sober yet powerful, simpler lines.
Secrets are fully part of MØSAIS’ universe, and they nurture my inspiration all the time: full fingers, rings, bracelets, secret totems… Not to forget our signature chains, which are very different from our textured pieces that I just mentioned. What I like about this collection is the variety, the infinity. It embodies many kinds of different possible expressions, highlighting the true MØSAIS spirit.
You’ve said this collection is partially inspired by dystopia. Where do you see that in the collection, and what does that say about the brand?
To me dystopia evokes timeless pieces that will remain forever. In a dystopian universe, you don’t know where you are situated in time. And with MØSAIS, and this collection, you don’t really need to. These jewels will remain, and they will carry our story inside them, as travelling companions. Once you wear a MØSAIS jewel, you can lean toward it and put a little bit of yourself within it.
What were you looking to capture with the accompanying photo series/video?
I wanted to travel into the intimacy of people wearing MØSAIS with sceneries, this time with a musical theme, of their passionate lives. I like to get into the world of real people who are fond of what they do and who do it well.
I also saw lots of similarities between this musical universe and MØSAIS; we share the same values and they often are a source of inspiration to our collections. Music can be very traditional and is obviously connected to the body and the hands of the musician, just like MØSAIS offers handcrafted pieces, similar to tattoos, connecting with people wearing them. But music can also be digital and electronic, yet still remaining true to its identity — just like MØSAIS is when it involves the 3D technique within the creation. I like this parallel.
What do you think defines a MØSAIS wearer?
Someone free, at ease with his or her personality. Someone liberated, who is not afraid to take a deeper look into his soul. Someone true.
What else inspires you on a day-to-day basis?
I find my inspiration within all the information I gather during my daily life. It is quite intangible and hard to describe, but I then project these sounds, movements, elements of nature, or even the people I meet and who inspire me within the pieces I create. I translate these feelings into the jewels’ lines and textures.
Tell us about what you have planned for MØSAIS’ future.
Well, I’m constantly experimenting with new things in my Parisian atelier, so the future is definitely always imagining more and more jewels and exploring new textures and techniques. I am also working on a new Objects series; to me it was obvious that I also had to explore the path of objects and furniture. The MØSAIS spirit can express itself through jewellery, but also very much through the objects surrounding you.
photography, videography + creative direction. Iris Valles
fashion. Juliette Da luz
models. Amadou Ba, Yann Israel, Ivana Trivic, Clara Benador + Jacques Leguen
make up. François Regaudie
apparel. HAMCUS @ hamc.us
eyewear. unnon studio
video edit. Rox Motion