Paolo Canevari Knife, She Wolf; Spoon, Octopus; Fork, Eagle, 2018 Silver serving cutlery with diamonds, rubies and pearls Edition of 5 Signed and numbered The She-Wolf, the Eagle and the Octopus, is a creation by the Italian artist Paolo Canevari in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani made in a limited edition of 5. It is part of the sophisticated set of zoomorphic silver serving cutlery inspired by three animals which across human history have been associated with symbols of power: the She-Wolf, the Eagle and the Octopus, eyes made of diamonds, rubies and pearls, respectively. Through employing these archetypal images yet using them in a new context, the artist puts their meaning in jeopardy and invites us to reflect on how and why society constructs its own iconography. The She-Wolf represents Earth, one of the four Classical Elements. Venerated in Ancient Rome, the animal’s most notable role was nurturing and sheltering the abandoned twins Romulus and Remus – just as our land’s food-bearing soil protects us from withering away. Romulus would grow up to become the founder and first King of Rome, and his saviour, the She-Wolf, is until today the official symbol of the City of Rome. Engaging with the Wolf’s traditional representation of instinct, intelligence and […]
Ania Guillaume Sérénité (Serenity), 2018 Gold plated hand-sculpted brass candle holder 16 x 15 cm Edition of 8 plus 4 AP Signed and numbered In collaboration with Acampora Profumi Sérénité (Serenity) is part of the Gingko series of miniature, wearable sculptures, visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. It was first designed in 2011 with gilded bronze, until she started moving onto titanium, which proves to be much lighter and more dynamic. With the artist’s interest in nature’s intricate spirituality, the holders take form of hand sculpted gingko leaves made in gold plated brass embracing the candle like a sculpture. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing that is associated with the history of Acampora and its wonderful aromas. A beautiful ginkgo sculpture enwrapping Acampora finest scents encapsulated in the candle, Sérénité (Serenity) becomes an elegant piece of interior design.
Michele Oka Doner Goddess Minaudière, 2007 Sterling silver clutch 15.2 x 17.8 x 5.1 cm Edition of 8 + 1AP Signed and numbered A ruthless, yet beautiful biosphere, is what can only describe the works of Michele Oka Doner. A hunter and gatherer, Doner finds her inspiration from her collected objects of intrigue, from archaeological finds such as fossils and stone tools, to nature formed objects such as bird skulls and sea shells. She channels this interest into everyday rituals, incorporating organic forms that resemble tree bark, the human body, even reflecting shapes of the human body. Through her sculptural and decorative works, Doner refashions everyday objects, and re-conceptualises our ceremonial aspects of enjoying the daily life. In her project, Goddess Minaudière, we see Doner reinterpret the rituals surrounding a minaudière. This is commonly known to be a decorative small box-clutch normally decorated with embellishments, and they are often used for a special evening event. Doner deconstructs our understanding of the minaudière and erases its traditional box form. Goddess Minaudière is made devoid of any such decorative gemstone, and humanises its form, strongly evoking themes of femininity sculpted through the body contours of the goddess of love, Venus. This inversion of […]
Liliane Lijn Fossil Belt, 2013 8 silver plates pinned with silver pins to black lined leather, ruched at back Edition of 8 + 1AP Fossil Belt is one of the major examples that display Lijn’s careful attention to how we engage with materials and how we wear it. Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, Lijn’s concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. As humanity uncovers the remnants of past creatures, the cycle of life and death are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Fossil series. The way this belt so fittingly encase the wearer’s wrist engages in a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by manipulating a clump of very hot wax to create the shapes and form. The high temperature, although stung her skin as she works with the wax by hand, the malleable nature of the wax manipulated the mass to resemble the magma of the earth. As technology has allowed her to work with a diverse range of materials in her sculptural work; instead of cast metal, […]
Liliane Lijn Magma Clasp Belt, 2013 Black leather belt with silver clasp Edition of 8 + 1AP This belt is an incredible example of Lijn’s awareness of how we wear different materials in different contexts. Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, her concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. The elements of the belt clasp resemble the same characteristics of the highly volatile liquid magma that keeps the planet alive and constantly rotating. This same magma that reaches the surface from volcanic eruptions, maintains the cycle of life and death, are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Magma and Fossil series. The way this belt so fittingly encase the wearer’s wrist engages in a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by manipulating a clump of very hot wax to create the shapes and form. The high temperature, although stung her skin as she works with the wax by hand, the malleable nature of the wax manipulated the mass to resemble the magma of the earth. As technology has allowed her […]
Tom Sachs New Bedford Watch, 2010 Black face and black leather strap Casio G Shock DW-5600 45 cm long Tom Sachs is known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, sampling capitalist culture, remixing, dubbing and spitting it back out again, so that the results are transformed and transforming. The New Bedford Watch has been handmade in the artist’s studio in New York. It wraps twice around the wrist, like the Hermés double-tour watches.
Alighiero Boetti Orologio Annuale 1985 Ed. 12/50 1986 Ed. 57/200 1987 Ed. 24/50 Inframe: 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Alighiero Boetti has designed 17 annual watches from 1977 to 1994. Each year has a different edition number of 50, 100 or 200. The watches are manual winding timepieces, stainless steel box and leather strap. Watch length: 23 cm. (9 in). Incised ‘Alighiero Boetti’ and numbered on the reverse of the watch case. Titled, dated, annotated.
Tom Sachs Space Program Tie Clip, 2013 Silver plated hand-engraved tie clip Limited edition Tom Sachs is known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, sampling capitalist culture, remixing, dubbing and spitting it back out again, so that the results are transformed and transforming. The Space Program Tie Clip was worn by Team Grumman during Space Program: MARS. Its intention is to keep your tie safe from chainsaws, resin, red beans and rice.