Event: Unexpected Pleasures Jewellery at the Design Museum
Location: Design Museum, SE1
Unexpected Pleasures is an exhibition about contemporary jewellery that challenges the conventions of jewellery design. It is certainly jewellery with a difference, not necessarily worn as an object of beauty and status, but with a sense of humour and as a statement of its worth created through meaning rather than its monetary value.
The exhibition looks as the work of designers from the 1970s onwards who sought to redefine what is classified as jewellery, both in design and with the materials they used.
Some of the striking pieces on show include David Bielander’s scampi bracelet made from copper anodised silver and elastic, a bracelet made of pearls sewn onto a hospital bandage secured with a safety pin by Professor Hans Stofer and Karl Fritsch’s screw ring made of rusty screws and nails.
The Design Museum is based on the south bank of the Thames in Bermondsey near Tower Bridge and this exhibition is open from 5 Dec to 3 Mar 2013. They also have an exhibition on Swarovski crystal until 13 Jan.