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January 11, 2014

Māris Auniņš

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Māris Auniņš has always stood out from other jewellers with his special piety towards material and his ability to accent a material’s uniqueness. His “Amber Square” is the union of two magical archetypes into one unified whole. Amber, one of the most ancient pure geological materials, and the square, the image of harmony and orderliness, form the foundation of his jewellery collection. The composition is comprised of four rectangular brooches of various sizes that can be combined in any way to form a square. Describing the essence of his idea, Auniņš says, “My collection is based on laconism – a clean geometric form – that accentuates the uniqueness of Baltic amber.”

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Auniņš graduated from the Metal Design Department at the Tallinn Art Institute (now the Estonian Academy of Arts) in 1980. Since then he has organised many solo exhibitions in Latvia and Germany, and since 1987 he has participated in group exhibitions worldwide. His work can be seen in the Latvian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design collection as well as private collections in Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the United States and Japan.

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