Pendant Pendant Necklace
This is a Pendant Necklace. It was designed by Otto Künzli. It is dated 1986 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is picture frame fragment, wood, steel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
In this pendant, Künzli suspended a fragment of a picture frame on a fine steel cable, filling the place reserved for a gemstone with the normally unnoticed border that enhances a painting. The wearer now becomes the supporting background for the frame, thus reversing the expected hierarchy.
This object was
It is credited
The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 35 cm × 26 cm × 3 cm (13 3/4 × 10 1/4 × 1 3/16 in.)
It has the following markings
Reverse of Pendant - etched signature "Otto Kunzli"
Cite this object as
Pendant Pendant Necklace; Designed by Otto Künzli (Swiss, b. 1948); picture frame fragment, wood, steel; H x W x D: 35 cm × 26 cm × 3 cm (13 3/4 × 10 1/4 × 1 3/16 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-62
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.