LOOT: MAD about jewlery

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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The Museum of Arts and Design is getting a bit more sparkly thanks to the return of the museum’s annual exhibition featuring an assortment of brilliantly designed jewels from all over.

By Sylvie & Christophe Tissot

LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is a six-day event, running from Sept. 28-Oct. 3, that allows the general public to both admire and acquire pieces designed and crafted by some of the most skilled artisans in the world.

Over 50 artists and their works will be present at LOOT‘s not-to-be-missed exhibition, offering guests a rare opportunity to purchase unique, international pieces not found anywhere else. Jewelry aficionados and casual consumers alike can each find a rare piece perfect for their own personal style. Iris Apfel, Barbara Berger, and Bill Cunningham all count themselves amongst the ranks of the exhibition’s in-the-know buyers, putting a stylish stamp of approval on the talked-about event.

By Evren Kayar

This year’s exhibition features over 55 artists from 21 countries, resulting in one of the most expansive and diverse collections in the event’s 15-year history.

“By continually spotlighting the act of making, LOOT serves as a connection point between viewers, wearers and artists through stimulating conversations about process and a stunning presentation of some of today’s most unique contemporary art jewelry,” says Michele Cohen, MAD Trustee and LOOT Chair.

In addition to the showcase, the annual LOOT Award is presented to community standouts with a lifetime of achievement in the design world. This year, the top honors goes to Barbara Tober and Vacheron Constantin. Tober, MAD Board of Trustees Chairmain, has 15 years at the museum under her belt, though she’s always had an eye for beauty and curation–she served as editor-in-chief of BRIDES magazine for 30 years. Vacheron Constantin stands alone as the oldest watchmaking manufacturer in the world, founded 260 years ago in Geneva. Both honorees have contributed much to the world of design, each proper luminaries in their own right.

By Sophie Digard

The exhibition kicks off Monday, Sept. 28 with an opening benefit, allowing guests a first look at the pieces up for sale. Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased here. Though the week-long event is filled with fun, the opportunity to acquire rare jewelry must not be missed. Each item is a true conversation starter, with a story all its own. For more information, visit the MAD website here.


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