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Yale Center for British Art™

Yale Center for British Art™

           

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Opened to the public in 1977, the Center is the last building designed by acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974). The exterior of matte steel, reflective glass, and concrete columns confers a monumental presence, while the interior spaces feature a restrained palette of natural materials including travertine marble, white oak, exposed concrete, and Belgian linen. The intimate galleries enable visitors to view works of art in diffused natural light, providing an environment that is simple and dignified.

 
The Moth and Butterfly jewelry collection represents a partnership between Pico Design and the Yale Center for British Art. The designs are inspired by the materials and forms comprising Kahn’s distinctive building. In describing his vision for the Center, the architect remarked: “On a gray day it will look like a moth. On a sunny day, like a butterfly.”

To create this collection, Pico designer Andrea Panico visited the Center and was influenced by architectural contrasts: light and dark, soft and hard, public and private. She was moved by the grandeur of the Entrance Court, shadows in the concrete stairwell, and natural light filtered through skylights that illuminates the art on display. In this collection, Pico uses materials that celebrate Kahn’s design.

This collection is also currently available at the Center’s Museum Shop, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.

  • Travertine Bracelet

    Travertine Bracelet

    $ 250.00

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    Travertine Bracelet

    $ 250.00

    Travertine treads merge into each step of the cylindrical concrete stairwell. During the conservation of the Yale Center for British Art™ in 2016, sections of old travertine were replaced with new slabs. Pico has reused the original material from the Center to create this bracelet, highlighting the stone as a jewel and setting it in an oxidized silver frame, which creates a palette of materials similar to Kahn’s building.

    • sterling silver (.925) and oxidized silver, matte finish
    • reclaimed travertine from the Center
    • cuff width ¾”
    • cuff opening approx. 1 ¼”; adjustable

      Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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    • Travertine Earrings

      Travertine Earrings

      $ 125.00

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      Travertine Earrings

      $ 125.00

      Travertine treads merge into each step of the cylindrical concrete stairwell. During the conservation of the building in 2016, sections of old travertine were replaced with new slabs. Pico has reused the original material from the Center to create these earrings, highlighting the stone as a jewel and setting it in an oxidized silver frame, which creates a palette of materials similar to Kahn’s building.

      • sterling silver (.925) and oxidized silver, matte finish
      • reclaimed travertine from the Center
      • 3/8” w x 1 ¼” h x 3/8” d
      • sterling silver post and nut

        Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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      • Travertine Necklace

        Travertine Necklace

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        Travertine Necklace

        $ 150.00

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        Travertine treads merge into each step of the cylindrical concrete stairwell. During the conservation of the building in 2016, sections of old travertine were replaced with new slabs. Pico has reused the original material from the Center to create this necklace, highlighting the stone as a jewel and setting it in an oxidized silver frame, which creates a palette of materials similar to Kahn’s building.

        • sterling silver (.925) and oxidized silver, matte finish
        • reclaimed travertine from the Center
        • pendant ¾” w x 1” h
        • 18” sterling silver cable chain with lobster lock

          Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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        • V Beam Earrings

          V Beam Earrings

          $ 165.00

          V Beam Earrings

          $ 165.00

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          V Beam Earrings

          $ 165.00

          Precast v-shaped concrete beams support the roof and partition skylights into a grid on the fourth floor of the Center. Pico, inspired by the shape of these forms and how they direct light throughout the space, created these modern post earrings. Oxidized silver creates a backdrop to pronounce the sterling silver “v” shape, highlighting Kahn-like contrast between light and shadow.

          • Sterling silver (.925) and oxidized silver, matte finish
          • 3/8” w x 1 ¾” h
          • Sterling silver post and nut

          Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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          • V Beam Bracelet

            V Beam Bracelet

            $ 325.00

            V Beam Bracelet

            $ 325.00

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            V Beam Bracelet

            $ 325.00

            Precast v-shaped concrete beams support the roof and partition skylights into a grid on the fourth floor of the Center. Pico, inspired by the shape of these forms and how they direct light throughout the space, created this cuff bracelet. An oxidized silver cuff is the backdrop for a continuous v-shaped silver bar, highlighting Kahn-like contrast between light and shadow.

            • sterling silver (.925) and oxidized silver, matte finish
            • cuff width 5/8”
            • inner width 2 3/8”
            • cuff opening 1 3/8”; NOT adjustable

            Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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            • Glass Block Earrings

              Glass Block Earrings

              $ 112.00

              Louis Kahn’s design for the ceiling of the cylindrical stairwell features small square glass blocks, set into concrete, and arranged to create one large square within a circle. These sterling silver post earrings capture the openness of that pattern, allowing light to pass through an enclosed space.

              • sterling silver (.925), matte finish
              • ¾” diameter
              • sterling silver post and nut

                Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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              • Glass Block Bracelet

                Glass Block Bracelet

                $ 275.00

                Louis Kahn’s design for the ceiling of the cylindrical stairwell features small square glass blocks, set into concrete, and arranged to create one large square within a circle. This cuff bracelet captures the openness of that formation, evoking the circular shape of the stairwell by applying gentle arcs.

                • sterling silver (.925), matte finish
                • medallion approx. 1 ¼” diameter
                • inner cuff width 2 ½”; cuff opening approx. 1”; adjustable

                  Pico jewelry is made to order in our studio and may take 2-10 business days to ship. If you are concerned about timing, please email customercare@picomeanslittle.com.

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