In Tandem at the Soane
An architectural ground plan turns into a pair of hoop earrings; a curved Roman column becomes the centrepiece of a necklace – young jewellery designers use London’s quirkiest architectural museum as a source of inspiration.
Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Royal College of Art have been working together this year in a unique collaboration, bringing exclusive designer jewellery to the Soane Shop, where selected pieces are now on sale.
'In Tandem at the Soane' takes the creative talent of students and alumni from the Royal College of Art’s Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery (GSM&J) MA course, and translates their artistic responses to Soane’s eccentric house and collections into jewellery for sale in the newly designed Soane Shop. The designer-makers have developed a range of jewellery, giving visitors to the Museum the opportunity to see, and buy, the best work from tomorrow’s designers, inspired by one of London’s oldest and most loved museums.
In Tandem is an initiative by GSM&J Head of programme, Hans Stofer, and Senior Tutor, Michael Rowe, which aims to keep graduates connected through promoting innovative work, creating a platform for selling and a forum where discussion, mentoring and debate can flourish.
In Tandem is curated by GSM&J graduates and lecturers, Christopher Thompson-Royds and Jasleen Kaur. Previous In Tandem events have included a Valentine-themed exhibition and installations in Bond Street and Knightsbridge.
Commenting on the collaboration, Thompson-Royds said:
"This initiative is a bold statement of intent by an inspiring museum. To offer visitors something other than the usual museum shop experience and to support young designers is to go out on a limb. This risk we feel has been rewarded by some great designs by the participants, which move forward ideas about what jewellery can and should be."
Tim Knox, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, is delighted that the Museum will provide the showcase for these beautiful pieces:
“Both the ornamental and functional elements of Soane’s museum have inspired innovative and beautiful designs from past and present students of the Royal College of Art. Offering these pieces for sale in our Shop is a great way to celebrate our new Shop and a fantastic opportunity for visitors to own stylish and contemporary jewellery with a Soanean twist.”
The In Tandem jewellery collection will be on display to the general public in the Museum from 24 October to 24 November 2012; selected pieces are on sale in the Soane Shop.