Cement Chemistry centers on the unique applicability of concrete as malleable resource for jewelry design. The focus is handmade, limited edition jewelry - inspired by raw materiality and geometry - available in bold shapes and colors. Innovative design and fabrication techniques are employed, bringing to life aesthetic qualities of materials until now perceived as only rudimentary for building design.
MEET THE TEAM
Founder, Design Director.
Elena, graduated from the University of Patras, Greece, with a degree in architecture. She also has an MS in architecture and urban design from Columbia University in New York. She has practiced architecture in Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and China. She has lived in New York since 2010, and in 2014, inspired by the city’s ubiquitous cement, she focused on applying the material into architectural jewelry design. Her focus is handmade, limited-edition jewelry that takes influence from raw materials and geometry, available in bold shapes and colors. As an architect, she employs innovative design and fabrication techniques, bringing to life the aesthetic qualities of materials usually dismissed as rudimentary elements of building design. Her jewelry challenges the conventional association of concrete with architecture, and familiarizes the human body with a material until now reserved for construction.
Brand Strategist, Marketer.
Elena Baltzoglou is a Brand Strategist and Marketer providing consulting services to emerging brands and fashion tech startups. Having worked for a global fashion retailer as well as a NY-based retail innovation accelerator, she has 5+ years of experience in marketing strategy, brand awareness and customer acquisition tactics. She has recently graduated from Parsons with an MA in Fashion Studies, specializing in second-hand clothing markets and buy-sell-trade retail schemes.
Eirini is a Management Consultant at EY and brings 6 years of combined management consulting and industry experience in supply chain management and consumer behavior analytics. Her primary industry focus is in consumer products, luxury cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. She has consulted Fortune 100 companies in strategic operational improvements and led significant change management activities. Eirini has been actively involved in launching entrepreneurial projects with a focus in tech and retail. She has a passion for strategic planning and execution especially when combined with innovative ideas and unique products. She moved to NYC in 2012 after completing her Master In Civil Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She is originally from Greece where she grew up and finished her undergraduate studies.
Eirini Giotopoulou studied architecture at NTUA and then followed an MSc in monument protection also at NTUA. Since 2009 she has collaborated with architectural offices in Athens and Los Angeles. Her visual interpretation of architecture and aesthetics is expressed via photography. Eirini is also an architectural photographer, with an Instagram account that has a following pf 100K followers and work that is honorably mentioned by many renowned magazines. She is a minimalism enthusiast as she believes that simplicity is the process of subtracting all the extra information and maintaining only the parts that matter the most whether it is about architecture, photography or design.
Research & Development, Artist.
Xi Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China. She was selected nationally from China Disabled Person. Federation to study abroad at RCN United World College in Norway and earned her International Baccalaureate degree in 2007. In 2011, she received her BA in studio art at Luther College, Decorah, IA. Nan won the national second award of juried exhibition of emerging artists with disabilities in 2011. She completed her MFA in ceramics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2015. Nan’s work has exhibited nationally in the U.S.. Nan lives in Queens, NY and works in Long Island City, NY.