Unlike other birds, who duly make their way north and south to follow the sun, Oriole is able to travel across entire seas in the beat of a wing, and to journey through time whenever curiosity takes hold. Oriole’s adventures have become the stuff of legend. If you are ever lucky enough to stumble upon the enchanting nest of Oriole, you will recognise it by its colourful silken threads and shiny jewels. It is like a tiny treasure box. Instead of the sticks and grass that other birds use to build their nests, Oriole prefers to feather his with small souvenirs from his journeys.
Orioles are named after the Latin for gold, owing to their resplendent buttercup-yellow feathers, which gleam in the sun. Nevertheless, they are shy and solitary birds, often difficult to spot as they slip through the dappled shadows of treetop branches.
Their specially constructed feet make them excellent climbers and they build their nests high in the canopies, preferring gently rustling poplar, alder, elm or oak. Using only their coral-coloured beaks, they weave their nests into a remarkable woven cup, using strands of grass, strips of bark, bast fibres, sheep wool or horsehair, line them with soft, downy feathers or populus seed hairs, and suspend them like hammocks from a branch. Orioles are known throughout the bird kingdom for being by far the most accomplished nest-builders.
Orioles dine on fruit, berries and nectar, being particularly fond of cherries, which contribute to their feathers being bright yellow. They drink dewdrops and raindrops. Hanging upside down from a branch and spreading their wings, orioles shower in the gentle rain. They also love to have baths, diving into the water from their perch.
About Oriole Designs
Our protagonist Oriole is unlike other orioles. He is able to fly to the moon and back just for fun and bring back souvenirs from his adventures, which serve as the inspiration for Oriole Designs, a range of elegant and timeless jewellery and accessories. Using precious metals, often combined with pearls, felt, natural rubber or other materials, Oriole Designs offers modern translations of the little bird's travel stories.
Pairing quality Swiss craftsmanship with the adventure stories and travel memories of an intrepid little bird, Oriole Designs brings you elegant objects of high quality to enjoy and treasure.
All items are made by Oriole Designs or produced as locally as possible. Oriole Designs is based in Berlin and Zurich.