Current Obsession is a jewellery magazine and platform based in the Netherlands. Appreciated for its experimental approach and unconventional style, CO showcases new ways of presenting and experiencing jewellery. CO collaborates with exceptional designers and artists and develops curatorial projects and events with renowned brands and cultural institutions.
CO connects diverse audiences in and outside of the field of jewellery and amplifies the voices of the makers. The knowledge and expertise of its team, and their desire to continue to search for what is ‘current’ in the field, have established CO as a trailblazer in contemporary jewellery and beyond, making it the go-to platform for an international and cross-disciplinary network of designers, artists and initiatives.
CO’s publishing, curating and facilitating activities span a variety of communities and art genres, though they always relate back to jewellery. CO’s ongoing projects include communication of Munich Jewellery Week — a growing international community of independent artist-run exhibitions — the most significant annual event on the contemporary jewellery’s calendar. CO also curates and organises the biennial OBSESSED! Jewellery Festival, which takes place in various cities across the Netherlands and Belgium. The third edition of OBSESSED! will take place in November 2021.
In 2018-2019 CO developed and produced the official newsprint publication for New York City Jewelry Week. In 2020 CO was invited to develop content for Parcours Bijoux — a contemporary jewellery triennial in Paris, and begun its collaboration with Stockholm Craft Week, allowing CO an opportunity to branch out to the neighbouring fields: ceramics, glass, textile.
CO team is often invited to consult for brands and institutions and to give lectures and workshops internationally: San Diego State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Temple University in Philadelphia, Konstfack University in Stockholm, Royal College of Art in London, Estonian Art Academy in Tallinn, Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Isntituut in Amsterdam, among others.
In 2019 CO launched the Social Club Membership Programme, which grants access to exclusive journalistic content and events – online, in print and in real life – and provides the CO community with new ways to show their support.