There is a minimalist spirited workshop in Mexico City's Coyoacán where the smell of gold, silver and corian fill the air. Everyday, jewelers, goldsmiths and designers all obsessed with perfection, work passionately to transform metal into art. The man behind it all is Iker Ortiz.

He scrutinises every single piece a thousand times as an artist who cannot settle for anything less than perfection. Taking off his black framed eyeglasses, he focuses his gaze and mind upon every ring, finding the way of turning each one of them into a unique conceptual piece.

Iker's past, present and future lie within the goldsmith craft. Heir to a family of jewelers that goes back four generations, it was from a very early age that he was learning from his father how to ride a bicycle while also being shown the path towards his own work. A path that would eventually lead such work to achieve recognition beyond Mexico, in London and New York.

Iker is a singular character. With a calling for architecture and bohemian soul, he is always dressed in black keeping with the essence -less is more- that lives and breathes at his workshop. A mexican designer devoted to the creation of timeless rings, bracelets, choker necklaces, cufflinks and more by successfully combining industrial technology with the sophistication of the handmade craft. He believes every engagement ring has a story to tell and every jewel that passes through his hands speaks for itself. The restless search for geometric shapes, fearless experimentation with all kinds of metals and precious stones, design innovation, exceptional quality, profound passion for jewelry and attentive service define his whole team of collaborators.

Every year, Iker Ortiz creates and delivers to the world a new convention shattering collection. Platinum, titanium, stainless steel, corian, silver, gold, stones and diamonds, all become contemporary art pieces that will trascend time.

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Exhibitions

  • 2018 | Yo Vivo y Trabajo en CDMX | Galería Abierta de las Rejas de Chapultepec | Mexico City
  • 2018 | Galería L | Mexico City
  • 2018 | Introducing Collection Ten | ZonaMaco. Design Section | Mexico City
  • 2017 | MUAC. Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo | Mexico City
  • 2017 | Mujer Maravilla y el Poder de la Creatividad | MUMEDI. Museo Mexicano de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2017 | Galería L | Mexico City
  • 2017 | Introducing Collection Nine | ZonaMaco. Design Section | Mexico City
  • 2016 | NY Now | New York, NY, USA
  • 2016 | Abierto Mexicano de Diseño | MUNAL. Museo Nacional de Arte | Mexico City
  • 2016 | Introducing Collection Eight | ZonaMaco. Design Section | Mexico City
  • 2015 | Encuentro con Diseñadores Mexicanos | St. Regis Hotel | Mexico City
  • 2015 | Introducing Collection Seven | ZonaMaco. Design Section | Mexico City
  • 2014 | Mover Vidas, Creando Arte de MetLife | MUMEDI. Museo Mexicano de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2014 | ik joyeros Showroom and Workshop Opening | Mexico City
  • 2014 | Batman a través de la Creatividad Mexicana | MUMEDI. Museo Mexicano de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2014 | ik joyeros Collections | Galería Advento Design | Mexico City 
  • 2013 | Introducing Collection Six | Valeria Florescano Galería de Autor | Mexico City
  • 2013 | Perspective and Invention | Taboo Studio | San Diego, CA, USA
  • 2013 | FERROUS | Velvet Da Vinci Galley | San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2013 | Arte Portable | ZAFRA | Mexico City
  • 2012 | Crossing Borders | ZAFRA | Mexico City
  • 2012 | Casa de Empeño | Anonymous Gallery | New York, NY, USA
  • 2011 | ORRO Contemporary Jewellery | Glasgow, UK
  • 2011 | Tent London | London, UK
  • 2011 | Natural Aesthetics | Peel Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2011 | Cantera, Exposición de Diseño Mexicano | CENTRO | Mexico City
  • 2010 | Winter Magic | Taboo Studio | San Diego, CA, USA
  • 2010 | Introducing Collection Five | Taboo Studio | San Diego, CA, USA
  • 2010 | Transforma tus Ideas en Corian | MUMEDI. Museo Mexicano de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2009 | Vida y Diseño en México en el Siglo XX | Palacio de Cultura Citibanamex - Palacio de Iturbide | Mexico City
  • 2009 | Introducing Collection Four | MUAC. Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo | Mexico City
  • 2009 | Jewelry Trunk Show | Peel Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2009 | Introducing Collection Four | Peel Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2008 | Edición Limitada | Galería Mexicana de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2007 | Galería Mexicana de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2007 | Arte Erótico | Puebla, Mexico
  • 2006 | Introducing Collection Three | Galería Mexicana de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2006 | Import Export | Museo Franz Mayer | Mexico City
  • 2005 | Introducing Collection Two | Galería Múltiple | Mexico City
  • 2005 | Galería Mexicana de Diseño | Mexico City
  • 2005 | Mob | Mexico City
  • 2005 | EKIVA | Mexico City
  • 2004 | Brand launch - ik joyeros | Mob | Mexico City 

Awards

  • 2014 | Premios Compra Moda Nacional | Descubrimiento del año
  • 2014 | Premios Compra Moda Nacional | Mejor diseño de smartband para Sony

Talks

  • 2017 | Irreverente | Universidad del Pedregal | Mexico City
  • 2016 | Congreso Internacional Diseñar para la Humanidad | Universidad Anahuac | Mexico City
  • 2015 | Conference for Firm&Lift Event. POND'S | Mexico City

Teaching

Press

Book Features

  • 2012 | Directorio de Diseño Mexicano | Mexico
  • 2012 | ARTBOX vol.17 JEWELRY II | Japan
  • 2008 | Vida y Diseño en México. Fomento Cultural Banamex | Mexico
  • 2006 | Import Export. Museo Franz Mayer | Mexico

Fashion

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