It is a testament to how good the Silver Creators Exhibition was in Shibuya last year that almost 1 year on I am still leafing through piles of brochures and catalogues and finding yet more brilliant designers that I simply have to write about before I am loaded up with more fresh designers this year. Having said that Glam Scale have been in the business under the name Cyence since 2005, but it is the designers very recent futuristic designs that caught my attention and apparently every other silver collector I know as I have been hit with a deluge of emails asking if I know of this guy and in particular if I had seen this wallet chain:
It is true that when I saw Seiya Hiyama’s stall at the Silver Creators Exhibition this was the very first thing I homed in on and just had to pick it up and play with all the mechanical moving parts. The barrel element rotated really satisfyingly, all the hinges felt perfectly smooth and the sheer weight of the thing made for a perfectly conceived piece of silver work. If I had had the yen I would have immediately forked out for it and clanked off onto the streets of Shibuya. Unfortunately I will have to remain patient for now, but rest assured that this chain sits up with Bill Wall Leather’s perfectly precise U-Boat links – and that is high praise indeed.
However, Glam Scale are more than one of the best wallet chains I have ever seen, the designer has three lines – the past (Lost One), present (Deep Seeker) and the future (Evolver) that all have there own feel and are tied together by elements that continue through all 3 that the designer has dubbed “The Cycle”. As you might expect the designer was previously an artist before he bagan to work with silver, and that has given him a chance to think about the identity and atmosphere of the brand that really shines through in his work:
He also does a good line in accessories for suited men, including this fantastic tie-clip,
And even one that the most conservative salary-man might be able to get away with.
When I wear a suit I always have fun with a nice chunky pair of cufflinks, but always best to go for something abstract as my skull ones have drawn much disapproval in meetings in the past.
Check out the innermost clip on the chain, it almost looks like some kind of bio-mechanical crab claw – in a good way!
And this one has the nice dangling elements that brands like Deaf Breed and Darts do so well, but this has brought a little bit of a mechanical vibe to the otherwise organic mix.
Really great details on the inside of the ring, for more examples of this you really need to check out Skull Laboratory.
Obviously the mechanical vibe has been done before by designers like Dr Monroe and so on, but by mixing it with a modern organic feel (rather than dated bio-mechanical) Glam Scale has managed to establish themselves on the silver scene and it is high time more people started to take notice.