Taher Chemirik was born in Algeria in 1955. He was raised in a non-conventional family, by a modern education.
He first graduated in Architecture from the Fine Arts University in Algiers, and then graduated in Decorative Arts, in Paris.
He started working as a decorator for Ralph Lauren but quickly resigned so he could follow is passion for Jewelry.
His talent captivated Karl Lagerfeld attention who invited him to collaborate. After that, a lot of other prestigious fashion labels did the same. Brands such as Chanel, Chloé, Hermés, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gautier , among others.
At the same time, he started developing his own hand-made jewelry line, for his own brand. Now, he designs jewels, accessories, and silverware collection in his Parisian Workshop.
At the moment, he’s seen as one of the most influential current designers in the area, being recognized by the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris by having some of his pieces at the permanent collection.
Chemirik describes his inspiration as the combination of African roots with Oriental culture; the mixing of tradition with sophistication, resulting on unique and original pieces.
In 2009, started exploring new domains by creating his first objects for home, starting with two porcelain vase but going on an on.
He is now represented by the BSL Gallery in Paris. This gallery commissions unique and limited edition pieces that are between art and design, sculpture and function. These collections are the representation of human emotions and are born, or from hand-made or technologic innovation.
Directed by Beatrice Saint Laurent, BSL Gallery is one of the most innovator galleries on scene and represents several renowned artists. Beyond Taher Chemirik, it also presents the work of Nacho Carbonell, Adrien de Melo, Mathieu Lehanneur, Dina Kamal, etc.
” Every creation is always a unique ‘rendez-vous’. A volume, a movement, the surprise given by a material, the brightness of a diamond against a raw mineral, the effect of a stone voluntarily broken among others that are intact… I like the idea of a piece which challenges the space and conventions. For me, beauty is always obvious and amazing. ”
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