Art.sy Insight: Ted Noten's Purse of Wonders
Chatelaine is French for ‘mistress of the castle’. The word refers to an 18th and 19th century item: women in charge of their estates wore a decorative clip of long chains holding important household items about the waist. Noten’s chatelaine consists of both functional and decorative items, which testify of the present. The woman who wears it can for instance satisfy her hygienic needs, as there is a portable urination device, which allows her to pee while standing up. But there’s more: she can also show off her wealth and status with the credit card fan. In total there are 12 different modular items, which serve to personalise the chatelaine of her dreams.
3d printed nylon. Selective laser sintering method.
Signature: 14 krt. gold-sheet ATN 1/3 2012
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