Glíxias & Thlaspi: WIES. “Our Daily Lives” Collection

“I am enough.
Yesterday I was. And the day before I was.
I will be tomorrow, and the day after that too.
Nothing will really change as long as I continue to believe in myself.
Standing here with both feet on the ground, walking here and there,
being part of this world, of my world.
I am enough.”

Wies Van Beest, furniture designer and piano artist from Holland

Sometimes to gain strength you have to distance yourself. And rise to the sky. Like saints or madmen. That’s why, despite its fragile appearance, this headband with its fine design and sharp lines has a very strong structure. Moreover, it allows the wind to pass through it without breaking. It hardly weighs at all. It has the shape of two oval-shaped overlapping bows, which gives it a very classic look.

Floral headppiece “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Wies van Beest, furniture designer and piano artist from Holland
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager

The fact that one arch is placed on top of the other has two consequences: The first is that the weight of the structure is distributed to both ends of the bow. The second consequence is that the diadem rises above the head without any problems. This shape is reminiscent of the window structures of the great European Gothic cathedrals of 1.200-1.500 AD: The Medieval Gothic Arch.

This type of arch was very important in the architecture of the Middle Ages. Thus, Gothic architecture is an architectural style that places great value on the height of its buildings and shows a usually complex and delicate aesthetic.

Gothic architects discovered the incredible strength and stability they could achieve by using pointed arches and flying buttresses to support them. Thanks to this technique, the walls of buildings could be taller and thinner because the weight of the roof rested on the arches and not on the walls. The walls served only to enclose the spaces, they no longer supported the roof. The use of the Gothic arch gave the builders tremendous flexibility. Not only could the arch support greater weights, but it could also span greater distances, allowing the ceilings (the vaults) to be much higher and wider than in the past. The walls were able to have larger windows which also facilitated the use of large stained glass windows.

Descripción de la arquitectura gótica (www.elpostureodediogenes.weebly.com)

In short, this technique meant that buildings could also have a more delicate appearance. The buildings evoked an ethereal feeling, they allowed men to have the feeling of being able to “get closer to the sky”. This idea has been my intention in the design of this headband. Seemingly delicate in appearance, it has both strength and height. It is full of small details and shapes, multifaceted, full of energy and secrets. It invites to be discovered thoroughly, entertaining in each of its details. Multifaceted and wise, like Wies.

Floral headppiece “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Wies van Beest, furniture designer and piano artist from Holland
Video: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager

It is designed with wire, metal, floral tape and dried flowers from different origins. I used dried flowers, wild flowers collected in Barcelona and in Castilla y León: Glixias, thlaspi, bluebells and grasses of different kinds.

Floral headppiece “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Wies van Beest, furniture designer and piano artist from Holland
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager

I like the way the white colour of the glixias stands out against the gold of the grasses and the silver of the bluebells. The leaves of the thlaspi, in the shape of mini-hearts, shine in combination with the oval shape of the bells. And the oval bells play with the arched shape of the headband.

It is available for sale and shipping anywhere in the world. Just contact me.

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