“Symbiosis,” is the sort of word one doesn’t run into much within the fashion world. Referring to the concept of a synergetic relationship, the word may seem more like a fancy biology term instead of a word used to describe cutting edge jewelry. Creative energy is the foundation behind Simbiotek Design Lab, a local San Diegan design duo. Symbiosis is the root of their future-forward aesthetic design philosophy.
Inspired by their mutual love of botany, biology, anthropology and geometry, Hayley Stewart and Hunter Ruthrauff create new and edgy décor and accessories for the modern, fashion-forward client. They are now busy creating a design aesthetic from years of exploration within these studies. Together they produce a line of eco-conscious accessories that fuse together their collective passions in a completely new and unique way.
Architects by day, designers by night, the prisms, hexagons, triangles and tessellations incorporated into the designs are derived from the plant formations and architecture which they have scouted and photographed while traveling. All of the designs are crafted with the intention of reinterpreting a naturally occurring geometric pattern. “Obviously geometry is not a new thing, but people are always interested in the process behind the products, because they don’t look like things you find everywhere,” says Stewart, who cites a love of cultural anthropology as critical to her design influences. Conveying their commitment to raising an awareness of the implicit relationship between humans and their environment, the accessories produced by the Lab are more of a system of translation, than simply a crafty creation. “A symbiotic relationship in nature is two opposing forces that work together for the benefit of both,” says Ruthrauff. “We abstractly applied that to the relationship between man and biodiversity.”
Shop from Simbiotek’s full collection at Graffiti Beach – 2220 Fern St., San Diego Ca or online at www.ShopGraffitiBeach.com
Article written by Alexa Mangrum