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Jewelry Boxes, Shopping with Andrea Panico

This article, written by Tim McKeough, was originally published in print in the New York Times on February 9, 2012 with the headline: Where the Pearls Sleep.

Pico Design | Andrea Panico jewelry box shopping 

Andrea Panico admires cigar boxes at OK Cigars in SoHo;
$5 each, (212) 965-9065,
Credit: Robert Wright for The New York Times


ANDREA PANICO, a jewelry designer, often finds that small-scale treasures grow out of studying larger things. Her company, Pico Design, in Montclair, N.J., makes what she calls “little architecture”: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and cuff links inspired by notable buildings and bridges.

“In the beginning, it was Santiago Calatrava, Luis Barragán and Tadao Ando” whose work served as inspiration, said Ms. Panico, 40, who trained as an industrial designer at Pratt and has “always loved architecture.”

Ms. Panico’s product line has since expanded to include pieces inspired by the work of many other architects, including Snohetta and Herzog & de Meuron. She also has a licensed collection developed in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

But when it comes to sorting and storing all that jewelry, she sometimes finds herself at a loss. For someone who likes “clean, simple things,” she said, “good jewelry boxes are hard to come by.” And it’s a shame, she added, because “if you care about jewelry, it should be stored in something that’s also beautiful.”



Clockwise from top left: Belle by Claesson Koivisto Rune, RG03a by Rui Grazina, AC02 Jewelr by Saskia Diaz, Lucky Beetle by Dinosaur Designs.