DescriptionTed Muehling (American, 20th Century)
Vegetable Ivory Cuff (mocha), 2011
Benefitting The Nature Conservancy: design for a living world
2-1/2 x 2-3/8 x 1-1/8 inches (6.4 x 6.0 x 2.9 cm)
Ted Muehling is known for his rigorously observed jewelry and objects, whose spare lines are drawn from the natural world. He is at ease with the intimate tools of the jeweler, working on materials such as gold, silver, pearls and precious stones. Trained as an industrial designer, he has collaborated with manufacturers such as
Steuben Glass and Nymphenburg Porcelain.
Muehling traveled to the Pacific Ocean island of Pohnpei with The Nature Conservancy and created a series of jewelry pieces using sustainably harvested vegetable ivory and black pearls.
"I love playing with a new material, whether it is plastic or ivory nut. The nut does beautiful, unpredictable things. It gets darker at the edges, where it starts to oxidize," Muehling says.
Design for a living World asks us to think about the products we use-where they come from, how they are made and the impacts they have on our planet.
The Nature Conservancy invited ten designers to create new OBJECTS from sustainable MATERIALS sourced from the world. Wood, plants, wool and other organic materials were transformed into intriguing objects, revealing extraordinary stories about regeneration and the human connection to the Earth's lands and waters. Together, designers and consumers can reshape our material economy and help to advance a global conservation ethics by choosing sustainable materials that support, rather than deplete, endangered PLACES.
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Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000.
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