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Design Talk : 1974's Pamela Roskin

Design Talk : 1974's Pamela Roskin

PHOTO: Pamela Roskin, founder and head of design at 1974, a Brooklyn-based jewelry company specializing in artisan-made sterling silver pieces.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I am drawn to classics. I want my pieces to be unique and different but to stand the test of time. I like going to museums or scouring antique stores for Victorian jewelry and asking myself what makes these pieces relevant today. I want 1974 pieces to be worn a decade from now and still make sense.

Who is the 1974 girl (or boy)? She (or he) has a classic sense of style and a great eye for value. Our pieces are well made with quality, long lasting materials. They are investment pieces without a prohibitive investment.

Your jewelry is special because it is largely hand made. Can you tell us a little bit about the manufacturing process? Each piece is made by Balinese and Javanese artisans that I have been working with for over a decade. In Bali, silversmiths believe their craft is spiritual. As the younger generation shifts toward other industries, I love that 1974 is doing their share to keep handmade silversmithing alive. 

You are also a fashion and textile historian. Which design period would you want to time travel to? Oh God, great question Pia! It’s also a hard one. I would love to see the actual colors and ornament worn by women in an ancient roman marketplace but I also think the 1930s would be fantastic. Or any time when bold women were in.

What is your favorite color?  Silver, of course!

What colors and materials does silver pair best with? Anything! It’s one of the reasons I love it. You can dress it down with jeans and then easily transition it into evening.

Your style is classic and enduring with a hint of nostalgia. How do you incorporate this into your home decor? I’d like to think of my home as a really joyful environment that is full of expressions of love. I love layering textiles and look for well made pieces that will last. Pillowpia has great vintage aesthetic while still maintaining a classic point of view. Plus, they’re really well made. I tend to gravitate towards quality pieces.

What’s next for 1974? Gemstones coming soon…

For more 1974 go to www.1974.nyc or follow Pam’s design adventures on InstagramPam's couch looks mid century modern with our Found Collection pillows in Optic Cream and Oversized Hunter Green Plaid.

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