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.”
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.