When does a bowl of cereal and milk become a work of art? When the bowl is a pedigree creation of Mary Jurek Design. Since 1998, Mary Jurek Design has earned a reputation as the luxury stainless steel tableware of choice for discerning hosts and as the go-to for statement-making holiday and special occasion gifts.
Inspired by the vision of the company’s founder award-winning jewelry and watch designer Mary Jurek, each piece of tableware is created from the ‘King of Metals,’ high-quality 18/8 stainless steel then hand-hammered into organic designs—a happy marriage of silvery smooth surfaces and sophisticated shapes. Heirloom quality, these home accessories are durable, dishwasher safe and visually timeless to last a lifetime of entertaining.
Describing her work as a union of legacy silver designs and ancient metal crafting techniques, Mary Jurek first gained international recognition as a diamond jewelry and watch designer. She won four design awards for Gübelin of Switzerland and designed for distinguished brands including Piaget, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Wako of Tokyo, and Gumps in San Francisco. But with an innate love for stainless steel and product design, Mary shifted gears to create high quality yet affordable tableware and home décor, and in 1998, Mary Jurek Design was born.
Since then Mary has dedicated her artistry to creating eclectic, sustainable home goods with price points to match any budget. Her high quality stainless steel designs are award-winning: she has won the 2014 Award for Design Excellence for multiple products and is a finalist for the 2014 26th Annual Arts Award for tabletop design. The company’s focus continues to be “old world meets modern day” with product faces reflecting today’s mixture of cultures, lifestyles and ever-changing traditions. Unmoving however, is product quality.
“Our mission with every hand-made piece is to provide gorgeous, high quality stainless steel tableware and barware that’s dishwasher safe – that’s a huge selling point for all of our customers,” says Jurek. “Stainless steel is the ‘King of Metals’ and we use only the highest quality hand-wrought material. We’ve pulled old fashioned legacy silver into the 21st century, making it modern and affordable. No polishing required!”
Lifestyle enthusiasts can find Mary Jurek Design in retailers around the country. Touted as a brand that flies off the shelves, her products sell themselves in a three-step process: you see it, you want to hold it and then you want to own it.
“The Mary Jurek line is both visually and tactilely appealing. Stainless has replaced silver—our customers love that it never needs polishing and is bacteria free, dishwasher safe,” says Ron Allison, retail gift buyer at Miss Jacksons in Tulsa, OK. “Mary Jurek has a price point in every range. Her products make great bridal and wedding gifts. They appeal to everybody. Mary Jurek is one of the top vendors in the store.”
Perfect for holiday entertaining and gift-giving, Mary Jurek Design’s varied and numerous tableware collections boast something for everyone; from candlesticks to serving trays to barware, each piece stands alone as a stunning focal point yet plays well with others. Unique holiday ornaments- hearts, stars, and doves, along with sparkly trays light up any home’s gathering, or as gifts, the eyes of the beholder.
“There are few brides who don’t put a Mary Jurek design on their wedding registry – they love that these gorgeously designed stainless steel pieces are dishwasher safe, timeless and unique," says Lisa Miller, purchasing agent, Material Possessions in Chicago. “Mary Jurek stainless steel tableware are some of our most popular pieces and suitable for any home.”
All products are hand-made by artisans throughout the world with direct creative input from Mary. Each piece is individually cut from 18/8 stainless steel. A repetitive blow from a hammer begins to drive the metal into its design and is repeated until the final form is achieved. Then each piece is hand-polished to a lustrous finish and engraved with Mary’s stamp. The original beauty of the newly minted piece will stay as visually inspiring over a lifetime of service. All tableware is food safe, dishwasher safe, freezer friendly, warming to 200 degrees, environmentally friendly, and never needs polishing.
Besides design work, much of Mary’s time is spent scouting for female-owned factories in economically underdeveloped countries. Mary is invested in making a positive social impact on the villages her business supports through job creation. Several factories are female owned, and strategically located in areas where economic development is desperately needed. For Mary, the paradox of her primitive, individually hand-welded products juxtaposed with modern-day luxury living is the ultimate expression of her artistic vision.
To see Mary Jurek Design collections in person, check her extensive list of retailers.
About Mary Jurek Design
Mary Jurek Design, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based luxury goods company that creates and distributes fine stainless steel tableware and home décor products to retail stores throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Middle East, UK and the Caribbean. Founded by award-winning jewelry and watch artisan, Mary Jurek, the company juxtaposes hand-hammered stainless steel with a soft, organic flare to create an ‘old world meets modern day’ style that appeals to luxury lifestyle enthusiasts everywhere. For stainless steel home decor, stainless steel tableware, stainless steel barware, home accessories, interior design and more. For more, visit www.MaryJurekDesign.com.