Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What's Luxury?...



I came across this brooch by Joris Laarman http://www.jorislaarman.nl/ when searching for an image of his wonderful concrete radiator that has been so successful over the last few years. I had no idea he had ventured into jewellery...so was surprised when I came across this brooch, which is designed to work like a credit card. It was included in an exhibition by Chi Ha Paura at the Milan Furniture Fair called 'what's luxury?', which showed cutting edge 'art' jewels from jewellery-world royalty such as Gijs Bakker and more suprisingly work from Laarman and Tord Boontje. http://chihapaura.com/whatsluxury/ It was a really interesting find for me, as I really like this brooch...the imagery is the kind I play with in my own work and am naturally drawn to anyway. I find it interesting that out of all the jewellers work in this exhibition, it is the work created by product designers that I found most appealing...I suppose this strengthens my view that design needs to be multi-disciplinary to keep it fresh, and that designers should look beyond their own field for inspiration! I would wear this...its very pretty!! (as well as being a serious bit of design, of course ;)! )

6 comments:

lisa s said...

plus what a great question.... what IS luxury???????

maria said...

i like this so much --
"...my view that design needs to be multi-disciplinary to keep it fresh" ---
you have me thinking now.
maybe we should do a letterpress/jewel collaboration?

vivienne said...

What is luxury? .... something you simply don't need... but really want... like these delicious little lemon citrine earrings made by my daughter, Abigail, exhibited in a gallery and still coveted by me. I bought them today, unknown to Abigail... how luxurious is that?

Abigail said...

Mav...what fun that would be! Many of the forms of my jewellery references how pattern would have been printed in the past (the blocks and layers..)...think it could be a match made in heaven! :)

IMEDAGOZE said...

totally agree with you. I've seen designers from different fields collaborate with each other and create intriguing pieces.

Anonymous said...

great pieces you have here. found you via imeda.