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Lava Bangles and Cast Barnacles Inhabit Dana Bodourov's Studio

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Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.

Photos by Driely S. for Racked

Jewelry designer Dana Bodourov shares a small studio space with her musician boyfriend, so at any given time you'll either hear the hammering of brass, notes from the keyboards, or both. Though she's spent the past seven years in the city "surrounded by so much concrete and geometry," Bodourov pulls a lot inspiration from nature for her line Rila.

"Rila is named after a Bulgarian mountain range where my dad's side of the family is from", she says. "I thought it fitting, as I wanted Rila to be a collection of pieces inspired by elements found in nature and history."

One of her recent collections is a "lava" series, inspired by volcanoes (bracelets in brass and sterling look like twisted hot molten fluid) and the one before that was inspired by the ocean. See some of those beautiful pieces and get a glimpse into her workspace after the jump.

· Rila [Official Site]
· All Open Studio Features [Racked NY]