TIFFANY & CO. ANNOUNCES IT’S LATEST COLLABORATION WITH DANIEL ARSHAM
Tiffany & Co. announces today its latest creative venture with artist Daniel Arsham, debuting a sculpture and limited-edition bangle to celebrate the new Lock collection. Uniting Arsham and Tiffany’s shared ideals of innovation, masterful craftsmanship and rebellious creativity, the House worked with the New York-based contemporary artist to create a limited series of 99 sculptures, each entitled “Bronze Eroded Tiffany Padlock.”The “eroded” bronze sculptures reimagine a padlock design from The Tiffany Archives through Arsham’s unique, distorted aesthetic that subverts both time and space.
The padlock has an important place in Tiffany’s history as an archival motif that goes back to the late 1800s, when the House first offered its clients functioning padlocks. Today, some of its most audacious jewelry designs are modeled after them, including bangles from the new Lock Collection.
“We began our creative partnership with Daniel last year, introduced a limited series artwork, entitled ‘Bronze Eroded Tiffany Blue Box®,” said Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice President, Product and Communication, Tiffany & Co. “We are excited to continue our creative journey with him in commemorating the launch of Lock which reimagines an archival Tiffany & Co. Padlock design into a contemporary artwork.”
The padlock-inspired sculpture is an expression of Arsham’s “Future Relics” aesthetic, where the artist recontextualizes contemporary objects through the lens of an imagined future. The artist creates tension in time, achieved through the sculpture’s eroded quality and hand applied patina that is reminiscent of Tiffany’s proprietary hue.
Inside the sculpture is a limited-edition Tiffany & Co. x Arsham Studio Lock bangle. A bold visual statement about the personal bonds we form with each other, the Lock collection is for all genders, anchored in a single inclusive message: “No rules. All welcome.” This exclusive 18k white gold Lock bangle is handcrafted and set with diamonds and tsavorites—a vivid green legacy gemstone that the jeweler proudly introduced to the world in 1974. Tsavorite’s verdant green hue hints at both the color of the sculpture’s patina and the Arsham Studio color. This heritage of discovery aligns with the aesthetic vocabulary of Arsham’s future “discoveries.”
“The ‘Bronze Eroded Tiffany Padlock’ is the third expression of the Tiffany and Arsham Studio story,”said Daniel Arsham. “It’s very personal to me, but there’s also an element of history in there—a link between generations of craft, between function and design, between craftsmanship and beauty. These are the elements that make Tiffany so unique, the elements that allow it to consistently hone the ‘sweet spot’ between heritage and modernity. I wanted to create an artwork to celebrate that.”
Tiffany & Co. x Arsham Studio “Bronze Eroded Tiffany Padlock” is a series of 99 works. Each has been treated by hand at Arsham Studio in New York, each crafted over a span over 400 hours of hand finishing. Each sculpture (with accompanying limited-edition Lock bangle) is priced at $59,000.
Limited-edition Tiffany & Co. x Arsham Studio Lock Bangle is handcrafted in 18k white gold, with over 93 diamonds totaling over 3 carats, and over 28 tsavorites totaling over 1 carat.
The “Bronze Eroded Tiffany Padlock”comes encased in a custom-made Tiffany Blue® art-handling crate with metal hardware. An additional Blue Box holds dual-branded white handling gloves.
The sculpture and accompanying limited-edition Lock bangle will be available at select Tiffany & Co. stores around the world on December 1st.