Broadening our perceptions of what fashion and adornment may represent, the Miu Miu Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg jewelry partnership brings the brand’s long term commitment to artistic intervention to tangible life.
Inspired by their 2015 sculpture series, A Thief Caught in the Act, in which colourful birds steal equally colourful pills and tiny animals from a table expressing, according to the artists, “the wish to escape with humour and gentleness,” the jewellery is tactile, apparently innocent but always with a hint of mischief at play. This not only expresses a tension central to Djurberg and Berg’s work but also to the Miu Miu handwriting, emphasizing the willful paradoxes at the heart of the brand.
Djurberg & Berg have named the collection, A Remedy. Shiny ‘pills’ and naïve animal shapes challenge the notion of precious jewellery in its more familiar form but represent an intimate connection with the wearer and uphold the concept of something highly personal, conceived to be cherished, nonetheless. Both animals and pills are composed of hand-finished resin elements and hand-polished and galvanized metal in a nickel free gold finish. Assembly and decoration are also carried out by hand.
“I first met Nathalie and Hans in 2005,” says Miu Miu founder and designer, Miuccia Prada. “Three years later we exhibited their work at the Fondazione Prada and since then, our dialogue has been constant. It has been so interesting to see how their work developed through time, encompassing different mediums, and always eager to confront with a new mindset. This is exactly at the core of our “A Remedy” project with Miu Miu, following the well-established tradition of “Artists as Jewellers” , but with a completely contemporary attitude”.