Interview // TUKOA by Turquoise Maisonneuve

Turquoise Maisonneuve is a French jewellery designer living in Vienna, Austria since 2008. She grew up in a family of artists; her father and grandfather are painters; hence she got very early a sense for aesthetics, colour and shape.

TUKOA is the label of the French jewellery designer Turquoise Maisonneuve. Specialised in individual jewellery, she designed jewellery inspired by the personality, look and style of the future owner. Next to individual jewellery, she is designing collections of unique pieces. Her work is quite eclectic, but some themes can be found through her collections: organic shapes, structure and contrasts.

What is it like be a designer in this current climate?

It’s very challenging because the world is full of talents and the actual society brings us to compare each other a lot (through social media for example). It is a lot of pressure. But at the same time, we have a fabulous work because we can bring people back to real emotions. I create jewellery which lasts and brings joy, not a product of mass consumption.

What are your life essentials --What do you carry with you at all time?

Keys, pen, phone, lipstick, tissues and my sketches and ideas books

Who was your most previous text/call to and what about?

My mother-in-law, I send her a link from the soundtrack of the movie “Humans”, I love it

Last meal you would eat?

Vietnamese summer rolls with black bean sauce

Most influential person in your life?

" My father who is an artist (painter). He taught me how to observe the world for his beauty, shapes and colours, stop time, express emotions, be tolerant."

Tried and true methods against creative block?

To walk in the forest and listen to music very loud (sometimes separately, sometimes at the same time)

 What are some inspiration things, designs, artists, music, sites that you find yourself re-vistiting often?

Art and design books
Structures & patterns
Iris Äpfel, Paolo Cimadevilla, Anish Kapoor, Alberto Giacometti
Soundtrack “Humans”, Jorge Drexler, Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal


If you could have 3 people over for dinner, dead or alive, who would you invite?

My grandfather, my grandmother and my grandaunt, to see them one more time

Favorite cities? Why?

I don’t think I have favourite cities; I have favourite places and most of them are in the nature, across the world.

Likes/dislikes? (just a short list, one word answers)

Likes: dance, elegance, tenderness, lightness, humanity, smiles
Dislikes: violence, noise, injustice, be hungry, have holes in my socks

SEE HER COLLECTION : Feder Ring, Glas Ring, Kreide Rot Ring.