In 2004, Johansen established her first company, Goldsmith Camilla Johansen, making special orders and melting old jewellery into new pieces. “After nine years, the desire to express myself through the jewellery got too big to ignore, and I put Goldsmith Camilla Johansen behind me, establishing Ilda Design,” she says. 12 years on, the concept is right where the designer wants it to be. “I create the stories I feel are important to share, and at the same time I keep taking my handcraft further.”