OCAD-MAAD

In 2005 Ko Park graduated with a Bachelor of Deisgn from OCAD, the Ontario College of Art and Design, which just recently changed it's name to OCAD University.

Throughout history, people have formed metal, textiles and clay into objects that both support human activity and are expressive art forms. Just as relevant today, such objects enhance the built environment as well as the human body. Material Art & Design offers areas of concentration in Jewellery/Metalsmithing and Fibre...

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REVERE ACADEMY

In 2009 Ko Park spent her summer refining her skills at the well renown Revere Academy in San Francsico.

Founded in 1979, the Revere Academy is a professional jewelry school where master craftsmen and craftswomen pass on their skills and knowledge to students at all levels...

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FREIESLEBEN DIAMONDS

In 2009 Ko Park did her first designs with the two fantastic modern diamonds which are exclusivly cut by Freiesleben in Germany: CONTEXT and SPIRIT.

Merely one out of over one million rough stones has the ideal octahedron shape which allows for thetransformation into a 1 carat Context Diamond...

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DYSTROPOLIS by Wendy Ng

Civil engineer dualled as designer, Wendy Ng, an honour graduate (2009) from Ryerson's School of Fashion, combines her love of architecture and beauty into fashion. Being guided by these two extreme disciplines and heavily influenced by the underground subcultures results in contemporary tailored clothing that compliments the body with a play on lines and structures whilst electrified by sparks of darkness. Hence, Futursophistication is born.

Come an take a look for yourself: MUNSTEINER CUT.

MUNSTEINER CUT

Bernd Munsteiner is a master gem cutter, and the mastermind behind both Context and Spirit cuts. Kodesigns features these cuts as diamonds as well as semi precious stones.

Bernd Munsteiner was the first contemporary artist to go off in search of the aura of the crystal. For more than forty years he has been turning transparent stone sin particular into images, objet d'art and sculptures...

Come an take a look for yourself: MUNSTEINER CUT.

SNAG

The Society of North American Goldsmiths supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers and metalsmiths. Through education, innovation, and leadership, SNAG provides access to a vibrant and passionate community.

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ENVISIONTEC

The Aureus Rapid Prototyping 3D printer in combination with the Photosilver resin allows Kodesigns to transform 3D computer models into real life jewellery of extreme precision and detail.

Envisiontec is the number one choice for jewelry due to the precision and castable materials offered straight from the machine. Highly detailed filigree and accurate settings are routinely produced with little or no adjustment to the machine...

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Kombine

Kombine by Ko Park is a novel approach to high-end fashion jewellery: Aesthetics meet Engineering.

Tradition meets innovation combining silver with acrylite, investment casting with advanced rapid prototyping, labour intensive craft with cnc precision.

Ko's scrupulous attention to detail paired with stainless steel screws made in Germany ensure perfect fit for all conceivable Kombinations.

Creation

Creation by Ko Park, is a line of jewellery derived from the exploration of two classical elements: Fire and Water.

Fire is represented by Lava: The soldified form of the essential forces driving the creation of all land on Earth.

Water is represented by Coral: The crystaline skeleton of a reef, the nunnery to all life in Earth's Oceans.

The black & brown of lava and the white of coral contrast with the colours of precious stones, the sheen of pearls and the sparkle of diamonds.

Custom Design

With Masterpieces by Ko Park, KoDesigns is presenting a line of products aimed at true connoisseurs of modern jewellery.

Clean lines based on mathematical principles like the Fibonacci Series or the Golden Mean are contrasted with the organic shapes of natural materials like lava or pearl.

Bold explosions of colour provided by spectacular grand gems like London Blue Topaz are accented by the unparalleled fire of diamonds.

Diamonds featured in Masterpieces are always of Canadian Origin and superior quality, cut to perfection by Freiesleben in Germany to excel as Spirit™ or Context™.

Eyedentity

Eyedentity by Ko Park, is a line of small object art turned jewellery derived from the Ko's work as an artist within the group WCollective.

Utilizing the same novel approach to materiality like Kombine, Ko uses acrylite alongside silver, lava pearl and mets to explore different sub themes within the search for Eyedentity.

The Four Elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water.

Unity & Diversity.

The 4C

Cut. Cut is probably the most important. The brilliance of a diamond is determined by its cut. We exclusively use Canadian diamonds cut by Freiesleben in Germany to exhilarating brilliance and precision.

Clarity. Most diamonds contain inner flaws, or inclusions. The elegant simplicity of Context and Spirit does not lend itself to disguising these imperfections, hence all of our stones are of superior clarity.

Colour. Colourless diamonds allow for superior refraction of light creating the dazzling fire and sparkle which makes them highly desirable.

Carat. Carat describes the weight of a diamond. Commonly diamonds are priced through their carat weight, but a poorly cut diamond will render a "heavy" stone small. The advanced precision involved in cutting Spirit and Context creates stones which are larger than comparative ideal or princess cuts of identical weight!

Diamond is the birthstone for the month: April

The ContextTMDiamond

Only one out of more than 1 million rough diamonds is born as the ideal mineral in the shape of the typical octahedron, the double pyramid, which is suited to be cut into a 1 carat CONTEXT.

The natural archetype of the crystal is only modified till total internal reflection is achieved:

Calm and concentrated, luminous and amplified it will refract and reflect the light on its passage.

Legendary Master Cutter Bernd Munsteiner created this cut in close co-operation with Dr. Ulrich Freiesleben which won the Red Dot Award for Excellence in Design in 1997.

An Engagment Ring or any other Engagement Jewelry with a Context Diamond is a truly remarkable statement: She is the One in a Million!

The SpiritTM Diamond

For those round roughs boasting the highest clarity Freieleben has developed a lively cut with unrivaled brilliance outshining all other standard cuts:

Elegant, noble and emblazen with finesse light will be refracted and reflected from its thirty-two clean cut facets, radiant like the sun.

The second co-operation bewteen Master Cutter Bernd Munsteiner and Dr. Ulrich Freiesleben resulted in the Spirit which won the Red Dot Award for Excellence in Design in 2002, like it's predecesssor Context.

An Engagment Ring or any other Engagement Jewelry with a Spirit Diamond will outshine any other while demosntarting remarkable understatement and telling the world: She has calls like not Other!

Topaz

Swiss Blue is the predominant colour of Topaz used by Kodesigns.

The typical natural colour of Topaz ranges from clear to brown.

Topaz is a hard mineral, ranking 8 on the Mohs scale only to be surpassed by Corrundum (Ruby, Sapphire. etc) and Diamond.

Topaz may occur in a wide range of colours including pink, red, yellow and blue, but as natural colours these are extremely rare.

The Swiss Blue Topaz Kodesigns is using (Windex colour) is achieved through processing which includes heat treatment and irradiation.

All Blue Topaz found in the market will have NO RESIDUAL RADIATION.

Blue Topaz is the birthstone for the month: December

Citrine

Tangerine Orange is the predominant colour of Citrine used by Kodesigns.

Citrine, being the yellow to orange coloured variety of Quartz, is a fairly hard mineral, ranking 7 on the Mohs scale.

The typical natural colur of Citrine ranges from pale yellow to brown.

The Tangerine Orange Citrine Kodesigns is using is achieved through heat treatment.

Citrine is the birthstone for the month: November

Amethyst

Dark Purple is the predominant colour of Amethyst used by Kodesigns.

Amethyst, being the violet to purple coloured variety of Quartz, is a fairly hard mineral, ranking 7 on the Mohs scale.

The typical natural colur of ranges from pale violet to dark purple, while a dark emeral green can be achieved through heat treatment.

All Purple Amethyst used by Kodesigns is natural.

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month: February

Rhodolite

Rhodolite is a varietal name for rose-pink to red mineral pyrope, a species in the garnet group.

Bordeaux red is the colour of Rhodolite, which is bascially the most flawless variant of Garnet.

Pyrope, being the only garnet to always appear red, is a fairly hard mineral, ranking 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale.

All Rhodolite used by Kodesigns is flawless and of natural colour.

Garnet is the birthstone for the month: January

Peridot

Olive green is the predominant colour of Peridot used by Kodesigns.

Peridot, is a hard mineral, ranking 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale.

The typical natural colur of Peridot ranges from pale green through olive to dark emerald green.

All Peridot used by Kodesigns is flawless and of natural colour.

Peridot is the birthstone for the month: August

Tourmaline

Dark green is the predominant colour of Tourmaline used by Kodesigns although sometiems we will use rare Pink stones.

Tourmaline, is a fairly hard mineral, ranking 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale.

The most common natural colur of Tourmaline is black but ranges from brown, violet, green, pink, or in a dual-colored pink and green.

Green Tourmaline is also known as Verdelite and the Pink variant as Rubellite.

Tourmaline is the birthstone for the month: October

Pearl

The colour of White Pearls ranges from neutral white, to rosé, greenish, yellowish to golden.

The colour of Black Pearls ranges from almost black, to anthracite titanium grey to light grey.

Kodesigns uses only Seawater White Akoya and Black Tahiti cultured pearls because of their superior lustre and sheen.

Natural pearls are very rare and expensive and will only be used in the masterpieces line on customer's request.

Pearl is the birthstone for the month: June

Silver

Sterling Silver (925) is the alloy most commonly used for jewellery.

The Silver content is at least 92.5% with 7.5% other metals, usually copper, creating a highly a very ductile and malleable material.

Silver has the highest thermal conductivity of all metals.

Silver has one of the highest rates of optical reflectivity of all metals.

Silver can take a high degree of polish.

Sadly, Silver alloys like 925 Sterling have a tendency to tarnish.

Non-Tarnishing Silver

In the 1990s research was conducted to create new silver alloys which would not tarnish.

These alloys are still Sterling Silver with at least 92.5% silver content, but the copper content is reduced.

Kodesigns utilises an alloy by Metaleurop containing up to 3% of Germanium and Argentium 930TM which contains 4% Germanium.

The presence of Germanium elimantes tarnishing and firescale and also improves malleablility and castability whilst making the colour brigther.

All of Kodesigns' 925 Sterling Silver + products have a superior sheen and are very unlikely to tarnish!

Other alloys containg Palladium or Platinum have similar properties but at a much higher price and a slightly darker colour.

Gold

Gold is highly valued in many societies. It has a strongly positive symbolic meaning closely connected to the values held in high esteem.

Gold symbolizes power, strength, wealth, warmth, happiness, love, hope, optimism, intelligence, justice, balance, perfection, summer, harvest and the sun.

Gold 750/18 kt Gold is the material of choice for Kodesigns, focussing on White Gold.

Gold is currently the second most expensive precious metal commonly used for Fine Jewellery.

Gold will only be used in the Kodesigns Masterpieces line, in close corespondence with our clients, dialing the shade of Gold from White to Yellow or Rosé according to personal preferences.

Platinum

Platinum's resistance to wear and tarnish is well suited for making fine jewellery.

Platinum does not oxidize at any temperature.

Platinum is much darker than Silver and will not shine as brightly which lends itself to elegant designs of devine understaement.

Platinum is currently the most expensive precious metal commonly used for Fine Jewellery.

Platinum will only be used in the Kodesigns Masterpieces line, in close corespondence with our clients and according to individual inclination.

Palladium

Palladium is closely realted to Platinum and shares the resitance to tarnish.

Palladium is much softer than Platinum or Gold.

Palladium is darker than Silver and lighter than Platinum lending itself to elegant designs.

Palladium is currently the 3rd most expensive precious metal commonly used for Fine Jewellery.

Palladium will only be used in the Kodesigns Masterpieces line, in close corespondence with our clients and according to individual inclination.

Acrylic Glass

Poly(methyl methacrylate), commonly know as acrylic, perspex or plexiglas is a transparent thermoplastic.

Acrylic show good compatiblity with human tissue and thus is 100% safe to be used inside or outside the human body.

Plexiglass can be easily laser cut and engraved, vaporizing in the process resulting in smooth crisp lines.

PMMA has excellent environmental stability compared to other plastics

Kodesigns uses Acrylite cast sheets by Evonik in the Kombine line, since only the best is good enough for our valued customers.

Acrylite TM

Evonik (formerly Cyro) is the leading manufacturer of acrylic glass. Evonik is the holder of the original patent by Otto Röhm dating back to 1933.

Acrylite offers the widest range of colours in the market:

Acrylite Reflections form the backbone of Kombine with their colourful mirrors.

Acyrlite Satin Ice & Crystal Ice are used for classy contrasts.

Acrylite GP and Hi-Gloss are used for the crystal clear crispness.

Acrylite Radiant is used for the special sparkle.

What is RP?

Rapid Prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using additive manufacturing technology.

The first techniques for rapid prototyping became available in the late 1980s and were used to produce models and prototype parts.

Today, they are used for a much wider range of applications and are even used to manufacture production-quality parts in relatively small numbers.

Find more info at wikipedia

Why Rapid Prototyping?

Precision: Rapid prototyping allows us to realize intricate complex and clean designs with extremely crisp lines unrivaled by other manufacturing processes.

Perfect Fit: Fine craft and advanced engineering can go hand in hand to produce every single piece of jewellery ensuring the highest possible quality for the customer.

Speed: Creating a new line or a one of a kind Masterpiece, the time to market will be dramatically reduced.

Security: Even the most unique piece can be exactly re-created, protecting your investment from damage and theft in the long turn.

envisonTEC Aureus

EnvisionTEC's patented photopolymerization process is based on mask projection, using DLPTM Technology (Digital Light Processing).

AureusTM is especially designed for the use at the end users work place in creative branches. System installation, operation and maintenance will be as easy as using a printer.

In combination with envisonTEC Photosilver we can create molds for casting using high-temperature silicon for good durability and extremely fine crisp details.

For more information head over to envisonTEC.

KoStudio RP Services

At KoStudio we offer Rapid Prototyping services tailored towards your personal or business needs.

We print 3D models with our envisontec Aureus or lasercut and engrave acrylic and wood in 2D.

Bespoke Jewellery, Molds for Custom Cakes, Toys, Architectural Models... you name it, we make it!

We provide 3D modelling in a wide range of programs.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Interested? For more infromation or to request a quote, send us an email at KoStudio.

Contact

Email: info@kodesigns.ca

Studio: 55 Queen St East, Toronto, ON M5C 1R6

Phone: (416) 367-5656

TOAE

The Toronto Outdoor Art Show is the largest outdoor art show in Canada.

Friday, July 9 - to Sunday, July 11, 2010, Nathan Phillips Square, Booth: Yellow 614

For more information head over to TOAE.

Upcoming Shows

May 2013Design Sans Frontieres: Metal Artists in Collaboration DX
Toronto, ON
June 2013Festival International Montreal en Arts
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Booth 7, Montreal, QC
July 2013Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Nathan Phillips Square (Booth 161), Toronto, ON
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November 2013Sierrad Art Fair
Gashouder WesterGasterrein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Past Shows

November 2012Sierrad Art Fair
Gashouder, Westergasterrein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 2012Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver, BC
November 2011One of a Kind Show
Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON
November 2011Obsession- Hard Twist 2010
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
November 2011Sierrad Art Fair
Gashouder, Westergasterrein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 2011Twenty-Third Annual Cabbage town Art & Crafts Sale
Toronto, ON
July 2011Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver, BC
June 2011Award Winners 2011 Exhibition
Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON
June 2011Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
November 2010One of a Kind Show
Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON
November 2010Chroma - Hard Twist 2010
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
November 2010Where they are now!
Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
June 2010Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

TOAE

The Toronto Outdoor Art Show is the largest outdoor art show in Canada.

Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, 2011, Nathan Phillips Square, Booth: Yellow 27

For more information head over to TOAE.

OOAK

The Toronto One of a Kind Show is one of the largest arts & crafs shows in North America featuring magnificent hand made items only.

Thursday, November 30 to Sunday, December 5, 2010, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place

For more information head over to OOAK.

OCC: Handy

For many the idea of craft and function go hand in hand. Of course, this is not always the case as the range of descriptions for craft are as diverse as the materials from which it can be made; yet, the special quality of a well-made object for daily use is a joy that few can resist...

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, March 17, 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Thursday, March 17 - to Sunday, April 10, 2011
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6J 1H1

For more information head over to OCC.

OCC: Award Winners 2011

The Awards & Scholarships Program is a cornerstone of the Ontario Craft Councilís commitment to fostering excellence in craft, and every year the Award Winners exhibition presents a mix of work from the communityís best and brightest emerging and established craftspeople.

Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 1 - to Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6J 1H1

For more information head over to OCC.