The designer loves the aesthetic contours formed by nature. The iridescent tones that build over time, natural rhythms creating dimples, waves, curls and crests. She celebrates the lustre of the pearl caused by these irregular reflections.
In the pieces she has created for us, the designer's affinity for Keshi, Tahitian and South Sea pearls is evident.
Keshi pearls were typically considered to be by-products of pearl cultivation. Their irregular forms are given new life, value and meaning in Mariko's work. Like natural works of art, their sculptural shapes contrast beautifully with the designers minimal structures.
Tahitian pearl oysters cultivate sumptuous black pearls. Ranging from green to navy in tone, these kaleidoscopic pearls can be somewhat dream like.
South Sea pearls are golden or white in tone with a striking illumination. Their lustre and shine is increased by the greater number of layers built over time in the large pearls Mariko uses.
Each clam produces only one or two pearls in its lifetime. In each precious setting the designer honours these natural treasures.