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Sophie Bille Brahe

Interview

What is your ideal office?


A place where there is room for ideas, mess, light, the people who work there, and of course my dog.

 

What is an object that has made a remarkable impression on you?


In my family we have this Chinese closet, a family treasure, which has been passed on for generations. There is something magical about that closet because of its story and all the things it is filled with. It contains many different childhood memories such as carved animals and old letters. One of my first memories was that on Sundays I was allowed to pick a drawer in the closet where I would spend the entire day looking at treasures. One morning I found an antique diamond ring that my parents didn’t know existed. My dad gave me the ring because I found it, which made me understand the value of jewelry. It was at that point I understood why people get so attached to these beautiful objects.

 

What was the last profound experience you shared?


Recently I was in Tokyo. Meeting with the Japanese people and the Japanese culture was very inspiring.

 

How do you live an uncommon life?


I’m a bit of a dreamer. I see things that inspire me and I start to dream, and the dreams eventually become universes.

 

What is your greatest mistake thus far?


I don’t believe in mistakes. I think the most important is to keep moving and make the choices you feel are the right ones. Should it prove to be the wrong choice it will always lead one further. Beyond that, I have faith in life. Rather than pushing everything in order to get the life you want, I tend to believe that if you go with the flow, life will come your way.

 

What is your favorite part of the body?


I love eyes. I think eyes are what tell you most about a person. In regards to jewelry, I love the ear. It’s peculiar and beautiful at the same time, a bit like how a giraffe is.

 

How do you know when you’ve finished a piece?


It is just something I know. When a piece matches my original idea and form that’s when I know it is complete.

 

How do shapes inspire you?


Shapes give me a feeling, so whenever I see a shape that brings out a certain feeling in me I save it in order to use it later on in my work.

 

Why do we adorn ourselves?


Naturally. Jewelry carries stories because it often has been passed on through generations. Furthermore jewelry insinuates lines and expresses our personality.

 

What would you do if you could not use your hands?

 

That would be the worst scenario! I don’t ski or anything because my hands are my dearest possession. So the thought of losing my hands is something I do not want to think about.
 

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