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.”
Travertine treads merge into each step of the cylindrical concrete stairwell at the Yale Center for British Art. 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 Louis Kahn’s building.