In 2001, after toiling in the construction industry for 18 years, Albert Karlen found himself a new passion as an independent designer of metal rings. Albert has always loved the metal look and coupled with rings, which he feel has the most emotional connection due to its proximity with the skin, he focused on ring designs and subsequently founded the Facebook Group MetalDesign.
Albert’s journey into designs was a long one, starting from using Autocad in DOS, and now to using a PC architecture version for 2011 and Fusion 360 for the renderings.
Born in Sion, Valais and still proudly living in Switzerland, he created his most unforgettable and emotional piece for his daughter and son-in-law when they got married – QRCode, which bore their first names and date of marriage.
That was just eight months after starting his journey into creating rings, with his first piece being a functional screw on a ring called Magical. Since then, there was no turning back. Albert has continued to create many designs, including a series of rings with Zodiac signs and the solar system. To him, the signs are beautiful and spiritual.
Other than metal rings, Albert has another longtime passion in singing, and has a vocal quartet named Papatuor (Dad). The group met when their children were in the same kindergarten. It was 23 years ago and since then Albert has become a grandfather thrice.