Art.sy Insight: Ted Noten's Purse of Wonders
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Since 2005, Dutch jewelry designer Ted Noten has broadened his repertoire to include furniture and art installations. His eponymous Amsterdam atelier (abbreviated ATN) is beloved worldwide for its wry and irreverent design objects. The four-person team has produced everything from a brass “self-portrait ring” to a brooch cast from a wad of chewing gum sent in by a client. Many of ATN’s designs subvert the appearance and context of luxury goods, like acrylic designer bags with treasures (pistols, lizards, rings) trapped inside.
Dutch, b. 1956, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands