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Brand to Know: Fathom and Form

Two San Francisco designers apply architectural ingenuity to jewelry design

Established: May 2012

Founders: Christopher Baas and Carleigh Wamberg

The Goods: Architecturally modeled bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces in sterling silver and gold ($140–$800)

Find It: Circle & Square, 344 Presidio Ave. (near Sacramento St.), 415-409-3440

 

It’s not uncommon for jewelers to draw inspiration from architecture, but Christopher Baas actually was a modeler of buildings before segueing into jewelry.

As an architecture student at California College of the Arts, he began experimenting with the digital software typically employed to design steel building frameworks, using it to create miniature edifices in the form of sculptural geometric cuffs. He teamed up with CCA interior design student Carleigh Wamberg to found Fathom and Form, and in May the Outer Richmond–based pair introduced their first full collection.

The pieces are sketched by hand, digitally fabricated, 3-D printed in wax, and then cast in sterling silver or plated in gold. The angular, modern pieces variously recall bridges, skyscrapers, scaffolding, and telephone wires. “We’re interested in taking something that typically feels flat and pushing the boundaries of that third dimension,” says Baas.

The duo will launch their second collection in spring, this time drawing on the swooping, birdlike forms of Spanish starchitect Santiago Calatrava.

 

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of San Francisco.

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