Dos Riberas, Spanish for “twin river Banks”, is the story of a Uruguayan who –while still a girl- crossed the River Plate and moved to Argentina.
In Dos Riberas, culture and traditions of both sides of the river serve to join two other Banks: those of craft and technology, which become seamlessly complementary in the objects it design and produces.
Diana Schimmel –the girl who crossed the river and Dos Riberas’ founder- graduated as an architect. In 2001, she got involved in art related objects, her second passion. Her developments are inspired in her motto "from art to the objects".
We considerer our work as that of the design and production workshop which has its theoretical bases with some intellectual and pragmatic trends.
That our creations should be useful, that they amuse and cheer up the wearer, being also elegant and smart. That they give a different meaning to daily materials, revaluating their aesthetic potentiality.
That when precious materials are used, design value must always be added up to their own value.
That production involves teamwork throughout the entire process: from its conception all the way though to final marketing.
That something must always added: ideas, effort, talent or charm.
That the best of artisan work should be linked to the best of industrial systems because this is Latin America, and we have both of them. Some of our objects have more of one or the other but all of them are a synthesis of both.
We are dynamic and flexible. Our ideas are in constant evolution, always working together and adjusting to changes in tendencies, colors, new materials and designs that are the essence of or activity.
Let yourself go
During a hectic professional time working as an architect, with all the stress it implied, l discovered myself doing manual tasks, of which I was an expert in my childhood, almost automatically. These quickly turned into a strongly gratifying escape from daily tension. These jobs soon took off and became little works of art and they went on growing on their own until turning into an activity which was a paralel one first but then exclusive in my creative job.
When it comes to design the creative process is only one. If the "what" is what matters, to design either a hospital or a spoon, a chair or a necklace may result equally difficult or easy. It is neither the scale nor the subject what is important but the adequate response to people's problems in a determined place and time. The main difference between architecture and jewllery, in my case, is given by the serial production process that jewellery implies.
They are not an option so that one may anihilate the other; it is all about a vital continuity that ads but does not subtract, being the complement of a creative activity into motion.
My advice is to let yourself go, to be honest with yourself.