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.