I was shocked to learn that the makers of the pixelated Stolen Jewels from a couple years ago, Mike and Maaike, were also the designers of the T-Mobile G1! After some investigation, I found that the SF-based design pair has designed even more geeky products — and you might be surprised what came from the modern "jewelers."
Mike and Maaike's beautiful pixelated leather jewelry caught my eye among an amassment of fabulously geeky items at the 2007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, so I was delighted to learn more about the makers and collection. According to their website, the effort was an exploration of tangible vs virtual in relation to real and perceived value.
"Using google image search, we browsed through some of the most expensive and often famous jewelry in the world, the low-res images we found were stolen, doctored, then transferred to leather, creating a tangible new incarnation. With the expense and intricacy of the jewels stripped away, their essence and visual intensity are extracted," say the designers. The collection was created on printed and scored leather.
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The 2007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York kicked off yesterday, and while I was unable to sneak away - ahem, I couldn't miss Maker Faire - plenty of bloggers are keeping me updated on all of the geeky wares.
A kissing cousin of the Lego Obsession and Tetris necklaces from the spring, the pixelated leather jewelry has that certain dose of elegance and simplicity that the gaming necklaces lacked. I can't wait to see what other geeky things designers have cooked up!
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