Internationally recognized for his innovative departures from standard metalworking techniques and an experimental aesthetic that is at once modern yet classic, Nak Armstrong has been a leading voice in fine jewelry for two decades. He is credited with developing proprietary techniques for constructing jewelry that have been adopted by many fine jewelers in the industry.
In early 2011, he launched his eponymous collection, which was quickly hand-picked by Barneys NY, as well as some of the most exclusive retailers worldwide including Bergdorf Goodman in NYC, Tsum in Moscow, Archives in Toronto and Runway in Vietnam. His work has garnered praise by national press, including W, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Elle, to mention a few.
Nak’s background in architecture and fashion are apparent in the way he engineers his pieces, which combine strong structural integrity with the sensual flow of fabrics. To that end, he developed his own stone-pleating technique, which he calls ‘stone plisse’. and he designed his own proprietary stone cuts. Together they help Nak create silhouettes with tremendous dimension and volume akin to clothing. His mix of color is a language all his own, sometimes a study in tonal changes and shades, other times playing with the juxtaposition of contrasting colors, but always delivering innovative yet harmonious color stories.
Nak’s CFDA award-winning work continuously pushes the boundaries of design, exploring new ways to challenge the relationship between construction and precious metals and stones. He finds inspiration everywhere including on a trip to Japan where he tuned into origami, the Japanese technique for folding paper to create artistic forms and silhouettes, and most recently by the interesting visual effects of pixelated color and form.