Art.sy Insight: Ted Noten's Purse of Wonders
‘The weapon of beauty’ is presented in a new shape: Noten’s Dior 002 Gun White Edition. This contemporary must-have gadget is produced on a 3-D printer, then retrofitted with hand-tooled details and loaded with all the ammunition a woman needs to survive the war between the sexes. The gun conceals a 4-gigabyte thumb drive for snapshots, personal data and corporate secrets; it also hides a Dior lip-gloss, a sparkling diamond, various white pills and other necessities any worldly woman would like to carry with her.
3d printed nylon. Selective laser sintering method.
Signature: Signature printed in the gun: Dior 002 ATN20121510 (date of fabrication)
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