Nina van Houten
is a London-based jewellery designer and all round make-up artist who explores
cultural themes through her dynamic works of art. She is a recent Jewellery Design
graduate from Central St. Martins.
college she received several awards for her work and created a line of
headpieces for Berlin Fashion week 2011
graduating last summer, she designed a fashion jewellery collection for LoveMayka,
worked for jewellers Yunus and Eliza and set the “Non-Members Club” pop-up
boutique, which featured the works of 13 jewellery designers in Carnaby Street.
recently, her graduation collection was shown in an exhibition at the Candid
She is now
setting up her own brand under her own name and will launch a new line of
contemporary jewellery at the Couture Fair
The Dutch jewellery
designer and maker often draws inspiration from cultures with a rich historical
background, creating mesmeric pieces with a deeper layer that lure the audience
and challenge them to see the original subject with a new perspective.
studying at Central Saint Martins, van Houten developed an interest in
materials and finishes, which often add a unique twist to her designs. This
allows her to introduce new textures – and for her original inspirations to
metamorphose into captivating, modern designs.
What she says
my background as a make-up artist for theatre, I developed a good eye for
colours and textures and you can really see that in my jewellery work as well.
I strive to make beautiful, elegant pieces that make you feel just that little bit
What we say
Feminine, finely wrought and exceptionally well finished, these pieces shimmer with originality and surprise.