|1967||Karolin Schmidbaur, born in Würzburg, Germany, grew up in Munich|
|1986-92||Studied architecture at Technische Universität München|
|since 1992||Has been working internationally as an architect, mainly in the USA and in Europe|
|since 2012||Has also been creating freeform accessories from a reflective material|
|2014||Launched her Fine Light website and online shop|
The Fine Light body accessories owe their charm to their unusual interplays with light. The material, an industrially produced fabric whose surface incorporates tiny glass beads, reflects the light back to its source. The material’s lightness and flexibility makes for what looks like exciting drawings in space, gleaming with a silvery glow and continuously changing along with the wearer’s movements, for example in the form of two knotted or crocheted bracelets connected by delicate bands via the wearer’s neck. Doing entirely without traditional jewelry elements, such as precious metals or gemstones, these unconventional creations are enhanced by the specific way the bands are interlaced, or by magnets serving as “clasps”. At night, when illuminated by artificial lighting, they look like interrupted lines of light, like sketches drawn in space by means of light, and in plain daylight they radiate a captivating aura of understated elegance. Prizes range between 70 and 140 $.