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Samuel Gassmann

Samuel Gassmann Cufflink maker
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Teaching himself the art of cufflinks

  • • Samuel uses traditional materials such as mother-of-pearl and gold leaf
  • • ...as well as more unusual materials including cement
  • • His cufflinks have been bought by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris

Samuel Gassmann studied history of art at the Sorbonne in Paris. During this time he also worked as a cultural journalist for outlets including ARTE and Metropolis Magazine. One day he started to research a new documentary looking at one question: what is a man’s shirt button? He carried out extensive historical research focusing on the etiquette of the French royal court and also researched the subject empirically by creating a series of five buttons in his living room. He then discovered that these resembled cufflinks, and that’s how it all started. “A friend of a friend had a small shop, I gave him these objects and said, 'if you want to sell them we can go 50/50'."

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Cadran lunaire

These pair of cufflinks in grey mother-of-pearl were created with daytime wear in mind. Fine lines punctuate the silver circle, as if marking time.

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Tangara à tête bleue

These mother-of-pearl and silver cufflinks inspired by sparrows are part of Samuel’s avian collection. He sees sparrows as tough birds that draw attention to themselves. Via a multitude of colours, intricate details and hypnotic forms, Samuel intends to convey a sense of seduction, camouflage, adornment and feathering.

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Gallina Troca

The inspiration behind this cufflink collection came from sparrows and their innate sense of style, and fluttered to life while Samuel walked through the aviary of the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris. Made from mother-of-pearl, feathers and silver, these cufflinks are part of Samuel’s avian collection.

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Cheveux longs

These silver and ebony cufflinks with strands of hair are intended to be worn with or without long braided hair.

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Vison

These silver and ebony cufflinks with mink pompons are part of Samuel Gassmann’s 2017 collection. They were created to be worn in winter, indoors close to a fireplace.

Samuel Gassmann Cufflink maker

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