September 22, 2005
Architect to Design Jewelry for Tiffany's
Architect Frank Gehry will create an exclusive jewelry collection in collaboration with Tiffany & Co., to be introduced in April 2006. With this agreement, Gehry becomes one of a small group of named designers working for the jewelry company.
The Gehry Collection will debut with six distinct jewelry collections. In
addition, the launch will include a selection of tabletop items. Tiffany said Gehry would interpret jewelry "in provocative new shapes highlighted with brilliant color, patina and rich grain."
"Our association with Frank Gehry represents another milestone in Tiffany's heritage as a leader in the world of jewelry design," said Michael J. Kowalski, the company's chairman and CEO. "His revolutionary aesthetic has literally redefined architecture, and we fully anticipate that our partnership, combining as it does Mr. Gehry's genius with Tiffany's tradition of innovation and utmost quality, will change the rules of jewelry and fashion to equal and spectacular effect."
"Jewelry is an art form," said Gehry. "In conceptualizing designs for
Tiffany, I worked as I always do, sketching and creating models. Sculptors and painters have inspired me with their ability to make things with their own hands. This process led to the discovery of new ways to give feeling and spirit to form, and realize our shared vision of jewelry that provides a beautiful context for living now."
The Gehry Collection will launch at select Tiffany & Co. stores in the U.S. and Japan in April 2006, with other Asia and Europe locations launching in Fall 2006.
Gehry won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989; the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association in 1992; the National Medal of Arts in 1998; and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1999. Among his commissions are the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles.