Show piece: CADA continues the tradition of artist-made jewellery with contemporary creations

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The Munich-based fine jewellery house CADA has commissioned and produced the artists Aaron Curry (pictured left), Andy Hope 1930 and Jonathan Meese to create provcative objets d’art that spin jewellery conventions on its head
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While many jewellery pieces can be considered works of art, it’s not very often that you find jewellery actually designed by artists. Adding to a canon of wearable art works that has seen contributions from masters such as Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso are three new collections by the contemporary artists Aaron Curry (opens in new tab), Jonathan Meese and Andy Hope 1930. Commissioned and produced by the German jewellery house CADA, the fine, objets d’art provocatively spin jewellery convention on its head.

‘Being a jeweller and long time collector of art, I always look for inspiration, and for pleasure, at the beautiful jewellery creations of artists, including for example, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Lucio Fontana, Louise Bourgeois and Jeff Koons. And for a long time I have had a wish to create something in the realm of this great artist jewellery,’ says CADA’s founder Herbert Kopp on how the concept for the collection came about.

‘Aaron [Curry], Andy [Hope] and Jonathan [Meese] are very close friends of mine so I approached them about the project and collaboration first,’ he continues. ‘I knew that they all had a good relationship to jewellery. Aaron loved the idea of a project creating jewellery. Jonathan Meese always used the term "Gold and Parzival", and he was obsessed with the "Gral" and the "Schatz der Nibelungen". I knew he would love the idea to work with real gold. Whenever I visited Andy Hope 1930 in his studio, he always first showed me his collection of cheap plastic rings he loved so much. So it was easy to ask him to make real jewellery.’

The resulting creations by Curry, Hope and Meese are seamless extensions of their primary bodies of work. Curry, who has been most recently preoccupied with the state of the earth and the impact we have on it, created a range of robust, naturalistic cocktail rings. ‘I imagined what it would be like to have things falling back towards earth after the end of the world, and what it would like when they landed there,’ he says.

On the other end of the spectrum, Hope revisited art historical motifs like crests and signets, while fusing them with modern images from comic books, thrift store knick knacks and discarded furniture. The results are a series of pop-tinged rings in white, rose and yellow golds, encrusted with rubies and diamonds.

Meese followed a similarly anarchistic tact with his textural collection of rings and cable chain pendants mimicking the heavily worked paintings, videos and installations that he’s known for. Made in 18 carat gold, his pieces evoke the Art Brut aesthetic while undercutting it with the use of refined materials.

‘Being a jeweller and long time collector of art, I always look for inspiration, and for pleasure, at the beautiful jewellery creations of artists. And for a long time I have had a wish to create something in the realm of this great artist jewellery,’ says CADA’s founder Herbert Kopp on how the concept for the collection came about. Pictured: A one-of-a-kind cocktail 'Bull' ring by Aaron Curry made from yellow gold and citrine

yellow gold and citrine

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A one-of-a-kind 'Cactus' ring by Aaron Curry

‘I imagined what it would be like to have things falling back towards earth after the end of the world, and what it would like when they landed there,’ explains Curry of his designs. Pictured: A one-of-a-kind 'Cactus' ring by Aaron Curry, featuring coral and yellow gold

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white gold 'Moon' ring

Curry's 18 carat white gold 'Moon' ring, encrusted with white diamonds 

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Devil Sun Rising ring

Andy Hope revisited art historical motifs like crests and signets, while fusing them with modern images from comic books, thrift store knick knacks and discarded furniture. Pictured: 'Devil Sun Rising' ring in 18 carat yellow gold

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'Toni' pendant

Jonathan Meese embraced an anarchistic tact with his textural collection of rings and cable chain pendants mimicking the heavily worked paintings, videos and installations that he’s known for. Pictured: 'Toni' pendant

(Image credit: CADA)

INFORMATION

Prices range from €6,600 to €185,000. The CADA Goes Art collection is available exclusively from Stylebop.com this week, website (opens in new tab)

Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.