About Archetype Z Studio

alia at archetypez dot com


Archetype Z Studio was started by myself - Alia - as a way to explore smaller

scale design work. I have degrees in Architecture from Berkeley and UCLA,

but I've always had an interest in smaller scale design like product and

jewelry design. Whereas in architecture one often spends years

developing a single design for a single client, in jewelry design one can

develop multiple designs for (potentially) the masses. The idea that

great modern design can be accessible to all is a powerful and appealing

concept that I can no longer resist.


Archetype Z offers some entirely handmade jewelry (like polyclay designs).

However my work has an increasing focus on digital fabrication like 3D printing and

lasercutting which allow me to create from almost limitless design possiblities. Yet

even with digitally fabricated designs I prefer to have some sort of personal

handling (polishing, sanding, assembling, etc) before passing each item on to its

future owner.


Beyond the modern architectural influence in my work there is a

definite Middle Eastern influence in some of the items. While those two

influences may seem like stylistic and conceptual contradictions, the reality is that

they have overlapping attributes - geometry, contrasts, attention to detail, etc. It is

those commonalities that I love to explore in my work whenever possible.


To view or purchase my latest work visit:



Archetype Z jewelry can sometimes be found at the following

shops and online retailers around the world:

Orange County Museum of Art

Lux Art Institute

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

South Alberta Art Gallery

Urban Alchemist

Forno NZ

Niuno Japan


Monoco Japan


Onigiri Netherlands



Archetype Z has been featured in the following publications:

San Diego Union Tribune

Entrepeneur and Young Entrepenuer (online)

Wired Magazine's 3d Print-Off

Mayhem Magazine- Australia (Issue 8 2012)

Little Red Umbrella- Canada

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