From architecture to adornments, Amittai Lee Antoine's Lily Sublime
Amittai Lee Antoine is not your typical jewellery designer. Having studied and worked in architecture many years before starting Lily Sublime, he came into jewellery design with a wealth of experience in a vastly different industry and a rather unique perspective on the design process itself. Yet, arguably, this training is what makes his pieces so exquisite - the focus on geometric proportions make for a breath-taking set of designs. Here to speak more on his story is architect and jewellery designer, Amittai Lee Antoine.
Describe a typical Lily Sublime wearer?
A woman who is bold and wants to show off her elegance and beauty. The jewellery pieces serve to exemplify and embody the beauty inside the wearer and those qualities that might not always be on display. That is why the pieces are quite bold as I want them to make a statement upon immediate contact, which could lead to more speculation about the wearer.
How did you get into fashion?
It started with my own fascination with the detail in architecture. I had written my thesis at UCL on how an ornament can be used as an object to describe the general concept of a building. In a way, I wanted to create jewellery as an ornament a woman could wear.
How was working at Zaha Hadid? Did you manage to meet her before she passed away?
Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to meet her personally before she died, but working there was an amazing experience to be around so many creative and inspiring people.
Where does the name Lily Sublime come from?
The name represents a fictional female character and serves as a symbol describing the nature of the person it belongs to. I imagine Lily Sublime as being the kind of woman who has an intrinsic natural beauty such as the flower, the lily.
What makes your jewellery pieces unique?
In general, I utilise the skills I acquired as an architect. Not only in terms of an analytical eye but also the modern processes I use, such as 3D modelling, animation software, and 3D printing. The design and manufacturing bring a different angle to.
What’s currently your favorite Lily Sublime piece and why?
I would have to say the petal choker as it's quite bold and because of the material used. It carries a certain weight that is seen as a sculptural object as opposed to something light and intricate. It has intricacies of its own but has the weight of a sculpture.
On average, how long does it take to produce a jewelry piece from start to finish?
The manufacturing process of 3D printing and having specific metal poured takes approximately 2 weeks. The longest part is actually coming up with a design, which I do this myself. This can take from a few days to a few weeks until I’m happy with the piece. As I'm always trying to create the perfect piece, it typically takes 3 to 4 weeks in total.
Where do you see Lily Sublime going in the next 5 to 10 years?
I’d like it to be a more collaborative effort. It would be great to have more visible ties between architecture and fashion and create something collaborative in nature where it can expand to fashion shows but where the general concepts of aesthetics can be envisioned as interior or architectural design.
Where do you find inspiration from for your pieces?
Anything really! I can't really limit anything specifically. Predominantly, my interests lie in architecture so there could be a specific piece that has the inception of an architectural ornament or detail that triggers my creative process. But my inspiration is definitely not limited to architecture only.
Who’s favorite fashion design and architect?
Iris van Houten in terms of fashion design and David Agger for architecture.