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L'accumulation

A LE GRAMME collection is made up of objects of the same material, pattern design and finish – only the weight of the precious metal (925 sterling silver or 750 gold) changes the width or thickness of the bracelet or ring. In LE GRAMME’s world, an accumulation refers to several objects from different collections worn together.

Accumulation as an artform, to create one’s own language, has persisted throughout history, pleasing the eye to satisfy the spirit, attempting to capture the ultimate, amassing in an ordered yet always excessive manner. With this supremely abundant approach, excess gives rise to an imaginary world. Gomringer accumulates printed words, Haack crucifixes, Jean-Luc Parant stone balls, Ai Weiwei bicycles, César magazines, Kawamata flimsy wooden boxes…

Architects too explore the notion of urban accumulation, as demonstrated by the Médiathèque in Angoulême or the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna by the eponymous painter inspired by Gaudi. The design world also springs to mind, with Richard Hutten and Droog Design or the Campana Brothers who accumulated materials from the favelas to make chairs, bringing a newfound grace to the bitterness of everyday reality. LE GRAMME gives everyone the opportunity to devise their own poetry of forms through the process of constructing their own personal accumulation of worn objects.

“Nothing could have been more splendid, brilliant, smart or orderly… The trumpets, fifes, oboes, drums and cannons produced a harmony whose equal was never heard in hell”. Voltaire, like other writers, used the technique of accumulation, reeling off words in the same category to magnify his intention. Slick polished, slick brushed, pyramid guilloché, vertical, horizontal, punched, cable… 1g, 3g, 7g, 9g, 15g, 21g, 33g, 41g, 67g, 107g – LE GRAMME also lists elements of an imagined creative project to be reinvented in myriad different ways to reflect the wearer’s identity.

An accumulation of LE GRAMME bracelets or rings creates a new language, where each object becomes part of a personal message, like a cadavre exquis, the game of consequences invented by the surrealists Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy, where the players each contribute a word to make a sentence without having seen what the previous player wrote, which later evolved into a picture version.

With thirty bracelet collections and eighteen ring collections, LE GRAMME offers more than 285 worn objects in 925 sterling silver and 750 gold – an infinite range of possibilities for those who want to play the accumulation game.

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