Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe
(born December 4, 1927 in Malmö
– died July 3, 2004 in Copenhagen
), often known simply as Torun, was one of Sweden
's most important 20th century silversmiths
and a master jeweller. She is the first female silversmith to have become internationally famous. Among her most important works are the watch "Vivianna," the bracelet "Mobius," and the earrings and necklaces "Dew Drop."
Torun grew up on a remote Swedish island with her sculptor mother, town planner father and three older siblings. Her entire family was creative: a sister became a poet and her brother and other sister grew up to become architects. Torun began making jewelry as a teenager. She attended the Stockholm university of arts, crafts and design Konstfackskolan
(later renamed Konstfack). In 1948 she traveled to Paris and Cannes, where she met painters Pablo Picasso
, Georges Braque
and Henri Matisse
. A few years later she opened her own studio, which made her the first female silversmith in Sweden with her own workshop.
Torun had her first child, Pia, at the age of 18. She later married Pia’s father, a Danish journalism student, but the marriage was short-lived. In 1948, Torun married her second husband, a French architect, with whom she had a second child, Claude. In 1956... Read More