Küsnacht, Switzerland—Swiss goldsmith Christoph Krähenmann is as well known for the creative window displays of his eponymous gallery in the Zürich suburbs as he is for his handmade bespoke jewelry. Some American jewelers may well remember his work, as he lived and worked in Santa Monica, California before returning home to his native country in 2010.
This year, Krähenmann is keeping his holiday/winter window simple but lively by using colorful "Balluna-Lights" by artist Pascale Idia. (See image at left.) Idia is a kindergarten teacher but also an artist who creates colorful, modern, handmade globe lamps inspired by both mosaic art and the legendary glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Krähenmann loves his work and his little gallery, but for the past five years it's been a challenge to deal with repeated construction outside his shop. The first time, he went with it and just turned his windows into a miniature construction scene as well, using bits of concrete, rebar, and other elements as props for his jewelry creations.
For a little while, things were quiet. But now the jackhammers are back, he laments. "Again, there is a construction site in front of my store, the third one in the past five and a half years, this one lasting until at least to Christmas. It is so difficult right now!"
Still, between his creative windows and beautiful handmade jewelry, there's more than enough motivation to encourage customers to pick their way around the dust and come inside. Read more here.