Jewellery designer Bibi van der Velden misses her studio — you’ll understand why

A woman standing in front of a mood board.

The Amsterdam-based sculptor, jewellery designer and member on her canal-side studio and how to adjust to remote creativity

By Jess Kelham-Hohler    Images courtesy of Helene Sandberg   Tuesday 21 April, 2020   Long read

Bibi van der Velden, the founder of her eponymous jewellery line and Auverture, a curated edit of luxury jewellery from around the world, may be waiting out COVID-19 in Portugal, but she’s dreaming of her Amsterdam studio. Housed in a converted 18th-century school building along the canals, van der Velden’s workspace reflects the multitude of ways in which she stays creatively inspired, from jewellery displays she crafted herself in her sculpting studio, to a commissioned marble table for her team to work around. Here, she invites you to take a virtual tour of her workspace and offers her advice on how to take inspiration from her approach for your own.

'Our studio has an Alice In Wonderland, falling through the rabbit hole’ feeling once you step inside.'

What drew you to the space originally?
The light in the studio is key – having high, tall windows is something we’re really grateful for. Our studio has an Alice In Wonderland, falling through the rabbit hole’ feeling once you step inside. We’re based on the old Amsterdam canals where I lived on the Lauriergracht for 11 years growing up, so it also feels like part of my heritage. 

How is your studio organised, and what’s the thinking behind it?
Our studio is organised into three parts. We have office space for both the Bibi van der Velden team and Auverture to work day to day, as well as an exhibition sp