An expression of precious engineering, the latest collection of le gramme- cable straps - is directly inspired by the world of architecture and cable-stayed bridge construction.
San Fransisco, Yokohama, Normandy, Sydney, Suez... they build their monumental structures on every continent. Recognizable by their cable-stays, these cables turned together from gigantic pylons to support their deck, they seem to defy the laws of gravity with naturalness. It is certainly this rigour applied to each element - fixing the pylons, balancing the shrouds, calculating the spans, making the apron segments, tensioning the anchors - that gives them the almost musical majesty found on stringed instruments. There are two types of attachment for the shrouds: fan-shaped or harp-shaped.
"which gives them that form of almost musical majesty found on stringed instruments. »
Since the first two cable-stayed bridges were built almost simultaneously in France and Sweden in the 1950s (Donzère-Mondragon/Auvergne-France, Strômsund-Sweden), almost 150 cable-stayed bridges have been built worldwide. Each new building set a new record, each time taking up a new technological challenge, combining know-how. The Rousski Bridge in Vladivostok is currently the longest in the world with its 1104-metre deck (compared with the 1088 of Sutong in China and the 856 of the Normandy Bridge) and its 584-metre cable-stayed bridges. It is capable of withstanding the aggressions of the cold as well as the sea, resisting Siberian storms. Millau in France also holds a record with its 343-metre pylons raising its deck 270 metres above the ground.
"Millau in France also holds a record with its 343-metre pylons raising its deck 270 metres above the ground. »
An alliance of lightness and solidity, they have inspired le grammewhich combines the evocation of resistance with cablethe precious character of silver and gold, drawing its own version of an indestructible bond in a resolutely masculine approach to aesthetics.
For these new worn objects, le grammereinterpreting the shroud, transforms Silver 925 and Gold 750, stretching them into silver or gold threads, assembled in strands of several units to vary the diameter of each cable.The bases of the shrouds metamorphose into clasps at the invisible junction. Functional in essence, the clasp becomes almost like a jewel, its diameter varying according to the cablesize of the wire. It can be exposed or worn under the wrist. Its tubular structure is reminiscent of another architectural reference dear to the Centre Pompidoule gramme, designed in line with the architectural utopias of the 1960s by Archigram and Superstudio.
Photographer : Victoire Le Tarnec
Illustration : ©annaxhaard
"Its tubular structure is reminiscent of another architectural reference dear to the Centre Pompidoule gramme.... »