|Ulla & Martin Kaufmann|
|1941||Both born in Hildesheim, Germany|
|1958–1962||Apprenticeship, master’s certificates in gold- and silversmithing|
|Since 1970||Atelier in Hildesheim|
Ulla and Martin Kaufmann’s early works feature abstract shapes reminiscent of flowers, complemented by selectively placed colored gemstones. The Palladio and the Passione cutlery collections, designed in 1986 and 1997 respectively for the Wilkens company, are perfect examples of Classical Modernism and German design after 1945. Their jewelry and objects created over the past decade reflect their fascination with gold and their in-depth involvement with the work of sculptors Richard Serra, Donald Judd and Eduardo Chillida. The Kaufmanns’ neckpieces and bangles, made supple and springy by intense hammering, reveal an austere simplicity coupled with pronounced sensuousness. Ulla and Martin Kaufmann have been honored with numerous awards and many of their creations have been included in museum collections. They count amongst the most important gold- and silversmiths of our time.